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How do store brands stack up against name brands?

Dec 10, 2014
Store brands can be just as good as name brands. But there are some trade-offs.
Posted In: store brand, name brand, ketchup, heinz, consumer reports
Michael Jackson performs in 1988.

Who gets the money made by dead celebrities?

Nov 24, 2014
Even celebrities in financial trouble can make tens of millions after death.
Posted In: celebrities, Michael Jackson, Elvis
Happy Family CEO Shazi Visram

What do CEOs do all day?

Nov 10, 2014
Spoiler: Meetings.
Posted In: CEOs, corporate, start-ups

Why are sticks of butter long and skinny in the East, but short and fat in the West?

Oct 31, 2014
As we've learned, there is an expert out there for absolutely everything.
Posted In: butter, dairy, listener questions

How do actors make money off residuals?

Oct 24, 2014
Lisa Kudrow still makes money off "Smelly Cat," and more about how actors get paid.
Posted In: friends, Screen Actors Guild, royalties
Washington Cemetary

How do cemeteries make money?

Oct 13, 2014
The better question may be: What do they do when they run out of space?
Posted In: death, user-generated content, cemeteries, Burial

Why does popcorn at the movies cost so much?

Aug 4, 2014
Hint: Movie theaters don’t make much money from movies. Movie studios do.
Posted In: movies, food costs, Food, tickets, popcorn

Why do they still have floor traders at the NYSE?

Jul 4, 2014
Robots do most of the trading. So what's up with the folks in blue jackets?
Posted In: new york stock exchange, automated trading, Wall Street

Why do marketers want young men so badly?

Jun 23, 2014
Men 18 to 34 are marketed to using machismo, sex, body-blows and insults.
Posted In: marketing

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Why does popcorn at the movies cost so much?

Aug 4, 2014
Hint: Movie theaters don’t make much money from movies. Movie studios do.
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How do rental car companies make money?

Feb 10, 2014
And seriously, what's with those key chains you can't take apart?
Posted In: rental car, cars, Hertz
 
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Have you ever wondered why you can buy a whole rotisserie-cooked chicken at the grocery store cheaper than a pack of two frozen chicken breasts? Or why hotels give you a mending kit but no toothbrush? What does the YKK mean on all of your zippers? Who invented the foam finger? If you’re like us, you’ve got a lot of questions about the small, simple, brilliant and ubiquitous things in the world of business, and we want to help answer them for you.

 
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