Pricing Psychology: 7 Sneaky Retail Tricks

The psychology of pricing explains why we do many of the silly things we do with our money. Retailers work hard to manipulate us, tweaking price tags and offering “special” promotions to get us to spend more than we normally would.

Daily News has the best typo ever!

Instead of poking fun at today’s Daily News, I would like to celebrate their photo feature on page 21. It’s not often you see a glamour spread in Zimbabwe’s papers, and this one has an added bonus. The best typo in Zimbabwe’s newspaper history. Ever. So her name’s Harry Berry now? How does this pass…

Zenhabits: Breaking Free From Consumerist Chains

We are not living lives meant to earn money in order to support a shopping habit, or a large home and two cars, or lives of luxury eating and entertainment.

We are not living to support the corporations. And yet, if you were to take an objective, outsider look at our society, it would seem that we are.

Backup Your iBerry Contacts Online

My laptop is currently undergoing surgery for a new motherboard, so I have had to use my home machine for work. The problem with trying to sync an iPhone with a new iTunes is that iTunes has to first erase everything on the phone. Now, the only thing of value on my phone is the…

Retailers refuse to give us change

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Limbikani, we have been alerted to a story in yesterday’s The Herald, a paper we rarely read, let alone buy. According to the reporter, banks have been holding Rand coins because retailers, for obvious reasons, have been refusing to take them. LOCAL banks are set to return R8 million worth of…

US agrees to supply coins to Zimbabwe

According to the Zimbabwe Independent, the Federal Reserve will now supply coins and replace soiled notes held by Zimbabwean banks.

For those of us who have been crying about the issue of change for months now, this will come as a welcome relief. As a caveat, the story contains no quotes or official statement from the Americans themselves, just Finance Minister Tendai Biti talking up the agreement, as if he needed to.

YoAfrica phone calls are most welcome

We got this from Matt yesterday, who took time out of his Valentine’s festivities to send out a public “Thank you” to his Internet Service Provider.

ZESA infrastructure is falling apart

We all feel the pinch of power issues, and we have for years. Rarely has the cause of our issues been so clear-cut and obvious, sitting virtually on our doorstep, like this junction box. ZESA infrastructure is generally shoddy, but this example, sitting close to Limbikani’s home, is a prime example. To wit; took some…

Back in business

We have been away for a while now. Apart from the usual teething problems with launching any new enterprise, we also had a few tech issues on the backside back end to resolve.