Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday's story ideas

Planned obsolescence. Is your iPhone now obsolete? The word is that Apple has "run out" of the things and will soon introduce an "upgrade." At what point will consumers stop falling for the latest innovation?

Wal-Mart's profits are zooming, and we have to assume other discount stores are doing very well in this economy. Are people who never shopped for bargains before now doing so?

Scammers are calling people claiming to be with the IRS and asking for bank info in order to deposit their rebate checks.

Voter ID changes. Some states are considering making proof of citizenship the valid form of ID in order to vote.

Tornado shelters. They're like old 1950's bomb shelters, and I would assume they're selling well in light of all the tornadoes lately.

Safety deposit boxes aren't always safe from government officials, as their contents can be seized. Some lawsuits are in progress to protect citizens personal belongings.

Here's one viewers will love... many gas pumps can't be programmed to sell gasoline for more than four dollars per gallon.

Here's one for you reporters working in the state of New York. Find a politician who hasn't cheated on his wife, doesn't drink and drive, hasn't fathered a love child, doesn't have a paid "life coach" on staff... oh, sorry, I just couldn't resist.

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