Is Amazon still worth it? Taxes, overpricing, unreliable shipping, refund issues, and fake reviews have some saying “no”

By Ben Alonzo 0 Comments

If you think about it, the advantages of using Amazon have somewhat disappeared. They charge tax, have shipping reliability issues, are often overpriced, have misleading product reviews, and often withhold refunds from customers by issuing an Amazon-only gift card. Smart consumers are starting to ask questions about Amazon’s growing size and shrinking advantages. When I ….read more

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Ask a Science Professor: I feel terrible about overpriced textbooks and think there is a conspiracy, is it true and what are my options?

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Amanda from Texas wants to know if there is a textbook conspiracy to purposely “rip-off” students. She also is desperate for suggestions because science textbooks are becoming prohibitively expensive. It’s true that college is extremely expensive, but a meaningful degree is always worth it. Obviously, we would like reasonable tuition and materials costs, but we ….read more

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A response to the “Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers” article

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This is a response to Savo Heleta’s article on The Conversation that suggests academics only talk among themselves and hardly ever share, write, or talk about science to the public. Once again, someone with little to no hard science credentials tries to say public ignorance, lack of intellectual interest, and the lack of science leaders ….read more

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