Maria Torres-Burgos is a home-based travel agent from Miami who took a tour group of 14 to Cambodia recently. During a stop in Siem Reap, a local tour guide took them to Khmer Empire, a jewelry store owned by Madam Reine.
Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Madam Reine, sees all, knows all. More on that later. Continue reading…
When it comes to booking a hotel online, what you see isn’t always what you get.
Christina Daves knows. On several occasions, she’s shopped for a hotel room online and then clicked through to make a reservation, only to discover she was actually dealing with a third-party site that looked like a hotel site. Continue reading…
If you’ve ever thought that a certain product is always on sale at a certain store, you might be right.
Some of the country’s biggest brick-and-mortar and online retailers manipulate sales prices in a way that amounts to “deceptive advertising practices” and, in some cases, violations of federal law, according to research by the Center for the Study of Services. Continue reading…
Not a day seems to go by that I don’t receive an email that commends me for my “well-written” site and asks, “Do you accept sponsored content and if so, how much you charge?”
These blind queries — they’re so generic that they can’t even bring themselves to address me by name or say which site I write for — are being sent by companies trying to place what’s called “native” advertising online.
Here’s what you need to know about native content: They’re ads masquerading as objective stories. And the practice has become so worrisome that the Federal Trade Commission, which regulates this form of advertising, recently held a workshop to discuss the problem.
Ever had a “duh!” moment that you regretted for years to come?
Here’s one: you’re a college freshman living with your grandmother for the summer. You’re running a few errands in town with a friend and you pull into the parking lot of a grocery store. Some guy approaches and offers to sell you a “new” TV, “still in the box”, for just $40.
Ah, your own TV! Wouldn’t that be great? No more sharing the TV with grandma. Can you have a look at it, you ask?