Amazon Prime Members: Buy Beauty Sample Box and Receive $11.99 Credit

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For a limited time, Amazon Prime Members can receive an $11.99 credit toward a future purchase of eligible items after purchasing a Beauty Box for $11.99.

Limit one box per customer.  The promotional credit of $11.99 will automatically apply to your account seven days after the Beauty Box ships.  Also note that items must be sold and shipped by Amazon.com.

See here for full terms and conditions.

Proposed Bill in Michigan Would Alert Cable Customers About End of Promo Rate

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Cable customers in Michigan may soon be able to get a leg up on knowing when their future cable bill might increase.  A bill has been introduced within the Michigan State House that would let customers know when their promotional rate is about to expire.  We frequently see those promotions about getting a great rate for 12 months, and then after that, it has been up to consumers to keep tabs on the expiration date.

According to MLive.com, the legislation was introduced into the House by House Democratic Whip, Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield.  The bill also has twelve co-sponsors.

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Apple Planning Retail Store Revamp

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According to company plans shared with MacRumors, Apple is planning to eliminate certain retail positions within its stores.  Come the end of April, positions that are slated to be on the chopping block include Business Manager, Business Events Lead, Events Coordinator and Events Lead.  Apple Store Leaders had started the process of informing affected employees about the change of plans earlier this week, and expectedly many were caught off guard by the sudden changes.

In particular, the cut to the Business Manager position came across as the largest shock, due to them being responsible for bringing in up to 20 percent of overall store sales by leading the Business Team.

“These managers have established relationships with various small and medium businesses in their markets.  Their position is highly specialized and often times not easily understood by retail leadership who do not have experience in B2B sales,” according to the source.

Affected employees have been told that they can either take a lower level (which of course can also mean lower paying) position, or take two months of severance pay.

Both managers and affected employees have already been notified about the change, with a larger scale announcement forthcoming that has been scheduled for April 23.  It is unknown if Apple may share further information in regard to its retail plans at that time.

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Deal Ending Soon: $30 off Amazon Home Services

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You always knew you could find just about anything from A to Z with Amazon, and you can’t beat the convenience of their 2 day free shipping with a Prime membership.  But did you know that you can also book home services as well for an extra little bit of time savings and help around the house?  I wanted to share a deal with readers in that from now until 11:59PM PT on March 31, you can save an additional $30 off of home services.

Terms and Conditions include:

  • Offer valid in eligible zip codes until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 31, 2017, or while supplies last.
  • Discount will be applied at checkout.
  • Promotion applicable only to items sold and shipped by Amazon.
  • Customer must complete check out with their preferred grill and the accompanying assembly service by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 31, 2017.
  • The service must be scheduled and completed within 90 days of purchase.
  • Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time.
  • Service prices are subject to change.
  • Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
  • Offer may not be combined with other offers.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

So if you have a list of projects you have been meaning to get to this spring, but don’t think you’ll have the time, then this could be a worthwhile promotion to look into to save time, money and perhaps a little grunt work.

T-Mobile Introducing New Technology to Help Protect Consumers Against Robocalls

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There’s the saying about different things in life being certain, usually death and taxes, but one we can all probably relate to is getting ready to sit down, have dinner with your family, and then your phone rings with some unknown robocall.  Sometimes the calls are constant, sometimes a voicemail is left, other times it can be nothing at all.

Mobile carrier (or should we say Un-carrier), T-Mobile is looking to ramp up these efforts to help consumers by introducing Scam ID and Scam Block to help protect customers in the robocall fight.  With the Scam ID feature, customers get automatically alerted when an incoming call is likely a scam.  Then if you want to take it a step even further, Scam Block can prevent scam calls from even reaching you at all.

“Every year, three out of four people in the US get at least one scam call – and fraudsters cheat consumers out of more than half a billion dollars per year!” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer with T-Mobile.  “So the T-Mobile team designed a brilliant set of patent-pending technologies – then built them directly into our network, so there’s nothing customers have to do.  No hoops to jump through, no app to download.  Like most T-Mobile technologies, it just works.”

As for how it “just works,” here’s the release from the company’s site:

Every time someone calls a T-Mobile customer, as soon as that call reaches the T-Mobile network, patent-pending technology analyzes it – in milliseconds – against an advanced global database of tens of thousands of known scammer numbers. The database is kept up-to-date in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into the network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. When a match is found, the T-Mobile network tags the incoming call and warns the customer that it’s likely from a scammer. Because of the way T-Mobile’s network manages voice traffic, the Un-carrier is capable of analyzing every call to identify and block scammers.

If a customer prefers never to be bothered by scam calls, they can simply turn on Scam Block, and T-Mobile will terminate the call before it ever reaches the customer – stopping the scammers cold.  The customer is always in control and always has the power to decline or block scam calls. 

The company will enable these features on a rolling basis starting with T-Mobile ONE customers.  New T-Mobile ONE customers will automatically get Scam ID starting on April 5.  Postpaid customers can enable Scam ID April 5 by dialing #664# and pressing the call button in their phone’s dialer.  For turning on Scam Block, customers can dial #662# and then hit dial.  But if you’d rather turn Scam Block off, as there is always that chance the service could block calls you might actually want, hit #632#.

More information on the company’s efforts can be found here.  Also, if you currently are not a T-Mobile customer, and wish to learn more, head here for benefits.

Save Money on Baby Diapers

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Diapers are expensive enough as is, so how about some savings?

As new parents ourselves, we know all too well that one of the largest expenses many parents go through is diapers.  They are a fact of life when it comes to raising a child, a fact that is not lost on diaper manufacturers.

The Honest Company realizes this for parents and wants to offer an extra $20 off your first diapers and wipes bundle:

According to the company’s story, their goal is to relieve parents of a few tasks by delivering family essentials right to your doorstep, allowing you to simplify your life and generate more time for you to be able enjoy what’s most important in life.

Lots of DVDs and Blu-Rays Laying Around?  Digitize Them with Vudu!

Today, Walmart’s subscription-free, premium video streaming service, announced today the launch of the first mobile offering for consumers to be able to convert their DVD and Blu-ray collections into digital libraries, right from their smart phones.  Mobile Disc-to-Digital can turn DVDs and Blu-rays into digital movies thanks to a scanning of the movie’s barcode via the Vudu app.  These movies can then be watched on numerous Vudu-enabled devices, including televisions, Blu-ray disc players, gaming consoles, streaming players and through the Vudu app on phones and tablets.  

“The average movie collector owns nearly 100 DVDs and Blu-rays.  We know these customers have invested a lot into building their physical movie collections,” says Jeremy Verba, general manager with Vudu.  “As more and more customers create digital libraries, we are constantly looking for ways to help them unlock additional value from the movies they already own.”

The feature works on both iPhones and Android devices and can be utilized for almost 8,000 movies from Lionsgate, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  Look for additional titles to be added in the coming months.

How much will it cost you might ask?  Movie buffs can convert a DVD to SD or a Blu-ray disc to HDX for $2.  If you’re looking for a better picture from your DVD collection, expect to pony up $5 per title to convert DVDs to HDX.  The good news is that all Vudu users will receive one complimentary first-time mobile conversion!

Note also that Mobile Disc-to-Digital Conversions must take place at a customer’s home/billing address.  

So if you’re not into March Madness this weekend and want to look at converting some of your old DVDs to digital, here is a great opportunity!

Prepare for Spring Fever with Savings on Gift Cards at CardCash.com

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Spring.  Flowers blooming, birds beginning to chirp again (well at least in the snow belt areas), plants beginning to bud, and last but not least, seasonal allergy symptoms.  If your family or your loved ones constantly have to deal with this every spring as ours frequently does, CardCash.com is providing a little help until 11:59 PM ET on Sunday with an extra 6% off of already discounted gift cards at pharmacy giants, CVS, Walgreen’s, and Rite Aid if you use code “SPRINGFEVER”.  Hopefully you won’t have to deal with this, but it can never hurt to have an extra supply of pharmaceuticals on hand if need be, especially if you have little ones in the house!

Knock $300 off of KitchenAids at BestBuy.com

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A favorite of bakers everywhere, BestBuy.com is having a great deal going on right now on KitchenAid mixers, knocking $300 off the retail price, bringing select models down to $199.99.  

The units include:

KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Bowl Life Stand Mixer
5-Quart Stainless Steel Bowl
Multipurpose Attachment Hub
Powerknead Spiral Dough Hook
Flat Beater
Stainless Steel Wire Whip

Note the offer is only valid for March 22, 2017 or while supplies last!