Filed under: Feature | Tags: Apple, Art Start, ASPCA, Bloomingdale, charity, Christmas and holiday season, Cystic fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Goodsearch, goodsearch.com, goodshop, goodshop.com, holiday shopping, Retail, Shopping
HOLIDAY GIFTING WITH A LITTLE HEART: GOOD SHOP
Good Shop is a web site which helps you shop like you normally do, but with a little heart. Here’s an example. Let’s say you were looking for a fun holiday dress to wear to that company party to impress your Office Crush. Clearly, something short is in order.
Aqua Brocade Combo Dress from Bloomingdales
Buy this dress for the same price it’s listed at ($98) but donate to the charity of your choice at the same time.
So, now in this case, I would start by going to goodshop.com, entering in the store I’m looking for (Bloomingdales) and the charity I want to donate to (Art Start). I will then be re-directed to the Bloomingdale’s site to purchase the dress in the same way I always have: browse and order. In this case, 2% of that $98, has now been donated to my favorite charity: Art Start. Some retailers offer up to 30% of each purchase to the selected charity.
Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. With Heart.
In addition, retailers offer coupons to shoppers who shop through the site.
This holiday season, take an extra step, head to goodshop.com and feel good about yourself. More importantly, raise a little money for those who so need it.
The ASPCA has raised over $30K so far and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a disease my cousin so sadly died from, has raised over $12K. These numbers are a culmination of money raised from this site goodshop.com as well as their corresponding search site goodsearch.com. Impressive for a few pennies donated here and there. It’s the Office Space strategy for charities…oh yah, and this one is legal.
But it’s an annoying extra step you say? Yes, I agree. It is an extra step. But in this case, it’s for a good cause. If you’ve ever volunteered your time for an AIDS Walk or a telemarketing drive, this takes way less time than that. Now, go get that cute little dress, make out with your office crush and think about all that money you donated to charity while you do the walk of shame.
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Abbey Road, Apple, Audio, Beatles, Bloomingdale, iPod, iTunes, ITunes Store
BEATLES TO APPLE: FINALLY SHOWING JUST A BIT OF LOVE
For a limited time, you can pick up a Beatles-branded iPod to satiate the Beatles fan in you. Only 2,500 have been produced and are being sold exclusively at Bloomingdales.
If you’re a fan of The Beatles, then you know that the band has yet to show some love and offer their wares on the Apple iTunes store, much to the disdain of their fans. Despite the new iPod sporting a laser-etched Beatles logo on the front and a silhouette of the Abbey Road album cover on the back, The Beatles have still not come to an agreement with Apple over distribution of their albums through the store.
So, while you do get 13 albums of The Beatles music in all of its glory, ripping it onto your iTunes library and then transferring to your iPod is up to you. If you didn’t want the music sold through the iTunes store, I get that (ok not really). But why not produce digital files loaded onto these iPods exclusively?
Apparently, the deal didn’t include negotiations with Apple at all. Hence, the weirdness. Etchstar, the company which offers the laser engraving worked with Bloomingdales to design the iPod etching paired with the CD’s.
I guess if you have $795 to spend (see price below), you can afford to have your assistant prepare your iPod for you. Big pimpin’.
120 GB black iPod with Beatles branding
13 Original Beatles CD’s
2 Masters and the “Love” CD
Engraved Guitar Pick
Packaging designed by Psycho Bunny
$795 plus shipping
How to Get One
Click here or on the image above
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