When traveling on business, there is little time to do anything for oneself. On the blogging side, I managed to squeeze out a couple of posts, more travel journal than anything, but that was about it. I certainly didn’t catch up on any PF blogs. So, the selection criteria for today’s roundup is entirely selfish. A link is the function of having come by and supported this blog’s readership by leaving a comment (as well as having posted some quality content – gotta have some standards!). Thanks!
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Provide great products that the market loves, and get pilloried in the media. It happened to Nike, it happened to Microsoft, and now Apple. Darwin’s Money points out that Apple isn’t getting any love in the media, all because of working conditions at its subcontractors’ facilities in China (“Apple Is The World’s Whipping Boy for Worker Conditions, Jobs, Profits – Fair?“).
Maybe Apple should offer a choice to discriminating consumers, especially ones who pen articles in the mainstream media: here’s an iPhone assembled in America, and here’s one assembled in China (or Vietnam, or wherever). A round thousand bucks for the US-assembled iPhone, $300 for the Chinese one. What say you, Mr. anti-Apple whiner?
I’ve had the same exact thing happen recently on a major industrial project in our day job. The customer absolutely positively would not allow Chinese-made cast parts. Concerns about quality and all that. We argued, we fretted, we discussed. In the end, the customer was given a choice. We can get brand new tooling and cast the parts in a US foundry. No problem, and here’s a 300% increase in cost. Your choice. Guess which way they went?
We all vote with our wallets.
More on Apple and Steve Jobs from MoneyCone: The Many Inventions of Steve Jobs
Joe @ Retire By 40 with No One Every Gets Rich by Being Frugal. Read the article, it’s not what you think.
More on frugal living from John @ Married With Debt – Easy Ways to Save Money
Sydney @ Untemplater – Taxes Suck and Make Me Want to Shut Down My Small Business. Amen, sister! Taxes are theft at the point of a gun. But that’s just my anarchist side talking.
Maria @ Money Principle: Where to Buy Property 3: Local Issues to Consider. At last a home-buying post that talks about geology.
Jeff @ Sustainable Life Blog – Tenets of Sustainability: Reuse.
Speaking of sustainability, check out this post from the anagrammatic folks at Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The UNsustainability of Social Security … in One Graph
The Dollar Disciple, with Rental Property Leasing Made Easy
Barb @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance – How to Create and Implement a Money Making Idea
Sandy @ First Gen American – Why My Underwater House Worked for Me
Freedom at 48, with Examining the History of our Mortgage Rates
Shaun @ Money Cactus – How to Use Twitter to Improve Your Finances
Andi @ Meal Plan Rescue – Money in the 20s, Reflected on my Plate
Good eats over @ Mike and Molly’s House: How to Make Steamed Buns
The Cost of Gas: Who to Blame and What to do About It. Matt @ Rambling Fever Money lays it out. Quit whining and do something!
Stop Making Mountains Out of Molehills, Drama Queen! says Buck Inspire.
Krant Cents asks Do You Have Perfect Attendance? Do you call in sick when you’re not? Well, do you?
Shopping local with Linda @ Windy City Gal: Continuing a Theme
Roshawn Watson with Are There Any Safe Investments Anymore?
A little cleavage is like a ray of sunshine on a dull day. And, here we have definitive evidence that Europe is circling the drain. Europe is Cracking Down on Greek Taxes, and Cleavage. The hell with Greece, hands off the cleavage (figuratively and literally speaking, of course). Read about it at Kathryn’s Conversations.
The Curse of High Expectations, over @ Rich Mom, Single Mom. Ach, dinna fash yerself, lassie (and other dialect crimes). Right or wrong, ever since reading Tai-Pan, I’ve been waiting for a chance to write that.
Amanda @ Frugal Confessions examines how stores have evolved beyond have a space to sell
Carnival of Financial Planning #226, hosted by Cult of Money
Carnival of Retirement #9 – Like Planting A Garden, hosted by Sense to Save
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #23, hosted by Canadian Finance Blog
Canadian Finance Carnival #77, hosted by Canadian Finance Blog
Carnival of Money Pros, Second Edition, hosted by Passive Income to Retire.
Totally Money Blog Carnival #57, Words of Wisdom Edition, hosted by The Frugal Toad
Financial Carnival for Young Adults, 2nd Edition, hosted by 20s Finances
Yakezie Carnival – The Lorax Edition, hosted by Miss Wall Street
Once in a while, articles on this site get picked up on the blog wire.
JL at jlcollinsnh featured my post on cool freelance gigs in Armageddon and the Value of Practical Skills
Financial God with Weekend Reading: European Unemployment and Violence in Syria Edition
Mark @ My Own Advisor with Weekend Reading, Tax Returns, Tax Software Giveaways and Great Blos
Kevin @ Invest It Wisely also has a Tax Return Software Giveaway from H&R Block
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned next week for more articles on agriculture investment, politics, and gardening.