Should stores charge a restocking fee?

Should stores charge a restocking fee?Ten years ago, I did a series of columns on Future Shop’s unfriendly customer service policies. They had a 15-day return period and a 15 per cent restocking fee if you bought computers or accessories, camcorders or large-screen TV sets and returned them within the 15-day return period. Future Shop soon revamped its policies, extending the return period to 30 days and socking the restocking fee. The Canadian-owned was trying…

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Run, don’t walk, Run to open a TFSA

Run, don’t walk, Run to open a TFSALook.  There’s no downside and all kinds of upside to the Tax Free Savings Account. Become a saver, already! Here’s how it works: 1. Set up a Tax Free Savings Account at any Canadian bank you like. 2. Every year, you can put in up to $5000. But $100 is just fine too. 3. Whatever that $5000 earns, you are never taxed on.  So you can go conservative and just…

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Liberals Pledge to Prevent Abuse of Prorogation

Liberals Pledge to Prevent Abuse of ProrogationOTTAWA – Surrounded by members of the Liberal caucus in front of the House of Commons on the day when Parliament should have resumed, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff announced that the Liberal Party of Canada will seek changes to the House of Commons’ rules that would prevent the Prime Minister from using prorogation illegitimately. “Twice in one year, Mr. Harper has abused his powers by shutting down Parliament to save…

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The Index Finger Moves on – Shrinking TSX and Declining Index Effect

The Index Finger Moves on - Shrinking TSX and Declining Index EffectThe Shrinking TSX Another ones bites the dust. As I noted last year, the TSX Composite Index has been shrinking for years. That seems to be continuing, though at a slower pace. When Enerflex Systems Income Fund (EFX.UN) leaves the index next week as the result of a buyout (see Standard & Poors press release) the TSX Composite will be down to 210 companies, a third fewer than a mere…

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Standard Auto Insurance

Standard Auto InsuranceThere are several types of auto coverage available to keep cars safe on the open road. The coverage for direct compensation-property damage is available in Ontario and mandatory when driving a vehicle there. When a car accident occurs and the fault is placed on the other vehicle the car damage and personal belongings in your car are covered by this type of plan. Accident benefits coverage is great to have…

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Put Some Money Where Your Mouth Is

Put Some Money Where Your Mouth IsRemember that delicious movie, The Devil Wears Prada?  My favourite scene was the one where Miranda scorningly points out that while it may be politically correct amongst intelligentsia to dismiss fashion, at the end of the day, the colours we all select from our re-used, recycled clothing were determined months and months before by the fashionistas.   We think they don’t impact us.  But they do.  Except we end up wearing…

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