Marketplace for Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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With six shopping days left until Christmas, we take a look at dynamic pricing. In part two of our series on Michigan’s right-to-work legislation, we look ahead to what’s next for the state’s middle class. General Motors will purchase 200 million shares of stock from the U.S. Treasury in its first step towards a government exit. When acts of violence shake the nation, sales of guns go up -- and the same happens with gun magazine sales. Meanwhile, some schools are looking to beef up security. And Dr. Pepper and other affiliated products are introducing a new soda to attract more male consumers.

Dr Pepper takes on no-cal with low-cal sodas

A year after launching Dr Pepper TEN, a diet drink targeted at men, Dr. Pepper Snapple says it will unveil new 10-calorie drinks to challenge zero-calorie brands.
Posted In: Dr Pepper, soda, calorie

Five tips for getting the best price online

How to navigate the brave new -- and complicated -- world of dynamic pricing.
Posted In: holiday shopping, online shopping

The brave new world of dynamic pricing

Online retailers are changing their prices multiple times a day, raising prices when they can, lowering them when they must. Want a better deal? Wait 10 minutes.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, dynamic pricing, online shopping

Michigan residents seek new path to the middle class

Community college replaces unionized auto factories as landmarks of economic mobility in Flint, Mich.
Posted In: Michigan, right to work, unions, auto industry, Flint, Education, community colleges, low-wage work

Would no GM bailout have been worse?

The government is on track to lose money on the GM bailout. But would doing nothing have cost more?
Posted In: GM, bailout, Auto, General Motors

The costs and the limits of school security

Schools are willing to spend to make schools safe, but security systems aren't a panacea.
Posted In: Newtown, school security, safety

Barge lines on the Mississippi expect a waiting game

Continued drought along the Mississippi River is creating problems for barge lines and the goods they ship.
Posted In: Mississippi River, drought

After shooting, buyers snap up gun magazines

When acts of violence shake the nation, sales of guns go up -- and the same happens with gun magazine sales.
Posted In: guns, gun control, Newtown

GM execs can use corporate jets again

Under its bailout terms, GM was banned from owning corporate jets. Now that U.S. government has announced its selling its remaining GM shares, that ban will be lifted.
Posted In: corporate jets, GM

Music from this show

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Son Of Neckbone (Digitally Remastered 99)
The Beastie Boys
The Matador Has Fallen
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
Faithful (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
Fast As You Can (Album Version)
Fiona Apple
Lace (Nicolay Remix Instrumental)
Yan Saquet