Posted By RichC on March 26, 2017
Two years ago, Intuit’s Turbo Tax software tried their "money grab" in attempted to strong-arming their long-time and new customers into paying substantial more to use their software to file their 2014 taxes. The CEO took to the Internet and made an apology and stepped up to Intuit’s greedy "mistake." One would think that competitors might have learned from such "mistake" … NOPE, not in the case for TaxAct (the company I switched to after the gouging attempt by Intuit). This year, there has not been the same outrage, likely because it impacts only their download products and TaxAct is a smaller company, but a quick glance shows me a similar money grab (click image right – which doesn’t even include an additional $19.99 state filing for 2016!). For those comparing … it will cost me nearly twice as much for the same packages as last year!
To be fair, TaxCut has lowered prices on their online offerings, so IF you are able to use them, you may save a few dollars, but if you want downloads and prefer working off-line, look out!
I double checked to be sure I was comparing "apples to apples" and that the prices have been jacked up … and below was their 3/25/2017 email answer … in short "YES":
Dear TaxAct® Customer,
As part of our continued efforts to provide you with the best possible products and experience, we’ve made a few changes for the upcoming tax season; which affected the pricing of our current products. These changes have resulted in some customers paying more than in prior years, many also pay less or nothing at all.
Posted By RichC on March 25, 2017
Just when you think you’ve heard and read it all when it comes to sailing and telling the story … Guirec Soudée and his chicken Monique goes one step further. Crazy.
Posted By RichC on March 24, 2017
A couple years ago I backed Seymour Segnit’s ThingCharger project and was very pleased with the "plug-charger" gizmos. After learning from his previous launch, the sharp marketer is giving a new "system project" a try. Take two, if you will. This time he has added and improved the earlier design and added a "kit" worth of component products that should offer a variety of ways to charge your "things." He calls the new system MAGFAST … since it used magnets I presume?
Posted By RichC on March 23, 2017
It is difficult for me to go too many days without sharing a photo of my two-plus week old granddaughter Annalyn, so today is another photo from my daughter of our little “sleeping beauty.” It would sure be nice to be a little closer to her … hint, hint, hint. Who knows, maybe there is a sunrise on the horizon (the photo in the link as nothing to do with what comes after Drew’s fellowship, but stay tuned as it is close).
The kitchen project is moving along as our contractor has taken out all the old cabinets and finished most of the new wiring and relocation of plugs. Also the plumber has snaked in a new stainless steel flexible natural gas line for the new Bosch Gas cooktop as well as plumbed the new “pot filler” spigot behind it. It is slowly coming together. The vent hood still needs some sheet metal work which will vent down rather than up in the wall cavity behind all of this, but the plan looks as if it is coming together. (more…)
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- lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
- digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.