As Heard on Maritime Morning: Weekend Edition (Jan 26, 2013)

This week was focused on some retail products, how we buy them, and the volatile nature of Apple’s stock.

Amazon Prime in Canada

First up, Amazon Prime was recently announced for Canadian users on Amazon.ca. $79/year gets you unlimited two-day shipping to most Canadian locales, regardless of the price of the item. That means you can buy a $9.99 CD and have it in two days without paying $3-4 for shipping. No more adding items to your cart to reach $39 and get the free Super-Saver Shipping that takes 5-8 business days.

Light Amazon users will balk, but this could really change how some people shop. Amazon.ca’s catalogue has been expanding rapidly over the past couple of years. You can now grab kitchen appliances, gifts, electronics, and other goods along with the staples like books, movies, and music. Amazon’s prices are often hard to beat, so throw in free, fast shipping, and that $79 Prime account is looking pretty good.

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hipKey

A funky little Bluetooth devices. Here is their spiel from the site:

hipKey™ is a revolutionary new product that helps you keep an eye on your valuables. Whether keeping track of your iPhone, iPad or even your loved ones, hipKey™ will help protect the things you love most. At the push of a button, hipKey™ will save you time by helping you find your belongings. Simply attach the device to the item of your choice and you’re ready to go.

With a wicked-cool iPhone companion app, the hipKey has lots of uses for just about anyone who needs to keep an eye on something, or their phone.

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Stick-N-Find

Along the same line as the hipKey, these little Bluetooth stickers can help you keep track of all those things you keep losing – keys, the remote, or in my mother’s case her tea mug. A three pack is $70 and the battery lasts for a year. A nice app for iOS and Android devices allows you to map out where those items are and find them in no time.

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Apple’s Stock Price

This topic has been beaten to death over the past couple of weeks. Apple’s stock price dipped under $500, even though they reported recording earnings not only for Apple, but for any technology company in any quarter ever. In history. The market is silly. Apple has changed how it sets its guidance and maybe that will help reign in the volatile stock movement, but the big thing to take from all of this is that Apple’s stock has always been like this. And people always think they’ve run out of gas. Then they release the iPod. Or the iPhone. Or the iPad. Don’t worry folks, Apple isn’t going anywhere.

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