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RE: Not all boomers are disconnected from

Absolutely agree.

Service used to be king and then it completely disappeared. An example is Best Buy and chains like it. I asked them if something breaks do I return it here. No if it fails I would have to ship it to Sony or HP or whatever the item was.

Huh? Then why would I not buy the exact same items for $100s less online if I'm going to have to do all the work myself if something fails - in other words what the heck is the point of the B&M store? Since most of the time I know more about the product they're selling me than they do - and there is no service should it fail.

I live in Asia so I have gotten used to paying $4-$10 15-30 minute taxi rides. So it's a huge shock going back to the west and Paying $10 (plus an expected tip) for a ride less than 2km.

And hotels in Vancouver have become utterly obscenely priced. The River Rock by the Vancouver airport this summer will run $420 a night plus tax. The worst hotels in the worst part of town will run $150 - and you'll probably step on a heroine needle. B&B all the way. Seattle is doing the same thing - the Blue Jays go to Seattle once a year and usually have more fans attending that Seattle fans - it's a Jay's home game almost. But this year they have jacked up the prices at the hotels and I believe also the game tickets. I get it try to cash in but you get greedy and down the line you might shoot yourself in the foot - Blockbuster Video.

I do understand what the writer was talking about with certain businesses that seem to cater to older generations because you can physically see the kinds of shoppers that seem to keep certain stores afloat. I ate at an Applebees....Once. And while we disagree on some financial issues she talks about one thing most will agree on that finance courses should be core subjects and dealt with more seriously. People need to take responsibility for themselves and not rely on everyone else, government, to solve their problems.

Living in Hong Kong I see tremendous financial literacy and tax form that is four pages. Everyone pays their tax at the end of the year in two lump sum payments 80% in January and 20% in April. Not taken off every cheque etc. This writer alludes to this but man streamlined from the government on down - but it takes a public that knows how to save and be ready to make a $30,000 tax payment and not blow it all and then can't pay at the end of the year. Not like some people I know who get their $3,000 paycheque on Friday and have $400 left on Monday because of drinking and gambling all weekend. Her point out about making less and spending smarter will likely serve her as a benefit later in life.



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