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HOLIDAY GIFTING WITH A LITTLE HEART: GOOD SHOP by Marauder

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.

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon’s Kindle 2 was scheduled to be released in October in time for this holiday season, but Bezos himself reportedly pulled the plug for last minute changes to the software. Techcrunch’s sources now say it’s tentatively scheduled to go on sale in “early next quarter.” (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/25/amazon-kindle-2-slated-for-early-q1 11/25)

kindle-2

Sony, according to this report, appears to be the mysterious TV maker that will distribute a set-back box developed by Advanced Digital Broadcast that incorporates tru2way technology, a device that Sony could use with its Bravia line of TVs. ADB confirmed earlier this month that it had started shipping the unit to a consumer-electronics company that it declined to name. Light Reading (11/24)

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