You Can Rent Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

If you typically upgrade your Adobe Creative software on a yearly basis to take advantage of all the new features, you might be in luck thanks to Adobe’s new rental policy. This means you can pay monthly, or annually, for software that you really won’t be keeping around past that point. The yearly subscription rate is significantly lower than it would be for buying the software outright.

The new pricing scheme offers two different plans. If you’re working on a short-term project or trying out a new employee before investing, a month-to-month plan is available at a slightly higher price than the yearly. For example, if you decide you need PhotoShop for a month or two, each month runs $49. If you are willing to commit to a year, your monthly rate drops and PhotoShop would be available to you at $35 / month.


Source: Adobe

Through this initiative, Adobe is targeting customers of older suites that don’t qualify for upgrades, freelancers, small business owners, and pretty much anyone that needs the products in the short-term.

This may be an especially good deal for short-term projects that don’t require permanent installations of pricey Adobe software.

Looking For A Used Car? Try The Hertz Rent Before You Buy Option

Hertz rental car company is now offering a different type of used car buying experience for those who are looking for a used car. The process is fairly simple and described below. I received this email from a friend of mine this morning with the details.

HERTZ IS EXPANDING ITS HERTZ RENT2BUY PROGRAM.

Rent2Buy provides consumers with a wide range of reliable, used rental vehicle options and a three-day rental test drive prior to a decision to buy. Hertz Rent2Buy is an online car sales program which allows customers to reserve a rental car they might want to buy for a three-day test drive. Used car shoppers visit www.hertzrent2buy.com and select the car of their choice at the nearest Hertz location. Customers have full use of the vehicle for up to three days and if he or she chooses to purchase the vehicle, they simply keep the car and pay the listed price without any haggling and the rental fee is waived. If the customer decides not to purchase the car, the vehicle is returned to the renting location and the transaction is treated as a standard rental with a $49 per day rental fee, or a $99 per day fee for higher end

I went out to the Hertz site to see what they had. It all depends basically where you live. It seemed to me that those closer to large cities like in the San Francisco bay area and in Chicago where I looked, had the best vehicle inventory. Pricing seemed fair and the mileage was low on most cars.

Your mileage may vary.

Comments welcome.

Source – Hertz Rent2buy web site is here.

Blockbuster To Rent Movies On SD Cards… I’ll Stick With Netflix!

It seems that Blockbuster, the once darling of the movie rental business, is really grabbing at straws. Ever since Netflix started to take off with low pricing of DVD rentals and streaming of on demand movies, Blockbuster has been playing second fiddle in the rental market. With Redbox renting movies at a buck a pop, this has added to the problem that Blockbuster is facing.

But in what can only be described as a last ditch effort for survival, Blockbuster is going to rent movies on SD Cards at $1.99 per rental. The thinking is that consumers who have card readers built into their TVs, which I personally have on my Panasonic Plasma set in the living room, can use the card media to watch movies with.  I also have card readers in my laptop computers so this may be an easy way to watch flicks on an airplane.

A recent article also states:

Other obstacles remain. Many phones use micro or mini SD cardslots, and don’t take full-sized SD cards. Many TVs still aren’t built to play video of SD media, and most laptops don’t have them either, meaning that watching an SD video on the road means taking a long a USB card reader. Another problem: not everyone will enjoy the irony of driving somewhere to pick up a data-card the size of a postage stamp. Still, SD cards do represent a marked improvement over DVDs in durability and re-usability, so if they caught on it’d hardly be a step backwards for movie buffs.

The SD kiosks themselves will be built and operated by NCR corporation, in partnership with MOD Systems. Blockbuster already employs a network of NCR-build kiosks for autonomous DVD rental.

So what do you think? Is Blockbuster on to something or is this a last attempt to stay afloat?

Comments welcome.

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AirBnB

For the longest time, whenever I traveled somewhere on vacation or for work, I stayed in hotels or condos that were managed by a company. However, on this last vacation that my wife and I took, we booked a condo through an owner on one of the vacation rental services, and I have to say, I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t want to do that again. Not only did we save money, but there were also less hassles and the room was in better shape. Many of us have been fooled into thinking that we need to stay in hotels, but there are other options out there. When you book a place through an owner, you open yourself up to an entirely new world, and like me, you probably won’t want to go back. AirBnB gives you a variety of options from staying in a place by yourself to staying with someone on their couch.

If you’re prepared for anything and enter the site with an open mind, then you’ll find a lot of interesting opportunities. The site is global, so feel free to think internationally. Some of the highlighted locations and deals on the front page are truly incredible, and the reviews from travelers who have stayed at the places on the site help you to feel confident about the situation. I’m ready to pack my bags – are you?

Frugal Consumers Are Renting Rather Than Buying DVD Movies

Hollywood is having issues with its declining revenues and is now looking at Netflix and Redbox for more bucks. In an age where consumers are controlling their spending, Hollywood is feeling the crunch as consumers decide to rent rather than buy. The fear is that even when the economy bounces back, we consumers may not flock to the DVD aisle to purchase Hollywood’s latest and greatest releases.

A recent news article states:

“The days when you [could] get anyone who wants to see a movie to pay $15 at a Blockbuster, Best Buy, or Walmart are in significant decline,” former News Corp. President Peter Chernin told a recent University of Southern California roundtable. “And you’re going to see [DVD sales] continue to decline.”

It is a measure of Hollywood’s desperation that the studios, which rarely agree on anything, are closing ranks to shore up the business. This past summer, Sony, Paramount, and Fox discussed combining back-office and distribution operations as a way of cutting costs and boosting DVD margins. Those talks have since bogged down because hoped-for savings might not materialize quickly enough.

SHARE THE WEALTH?
Meanwhile, some of the largest studios are looking to squeeze more money from
Netflix, the fast-growing online behemoth that revolutionized the DVD rental business. Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO of Warner Bros.’ parent company, Time Warner, told an industry conference in mid-September that his studio wanted “better economics” from its Netflix deal. Time Warner, according to knowledgeable industry sources, is pressuring Netflix to rewrite its agreement either to share more of its subscription revenues or to get DVDs from the studios weeks after Wal-Mart and other retailers get them. A Netflix spokesman says only that it “continues to discuss the changing market” with the studios.

Another player feeling the hot breath of Hollywood is Redbox, the fast-growing upstart whose $1 DVD rental kiosks are in supermarkets across the U.S. In a bid to protect DVD sales, Warner, Universal, and Fox have threatened to withhold titles from Redbox unless it agrees to several restrictions. According to a lawsuit Redbox filed against Universal, they include limiting the number of titles rented in each machine, sharing rental fees, and waiting 45 days after a film has been in stores before renting it. “We think there is a place for very low-priced rentals, but obviously not in the middle of when we are trying to sell higher-priced [products],” said Bewkes at the same conference.

I am just wondering if there isn’t more to this than what Hollywood thinks. I know I have changed. I have noticed that with some 200+ channels on my Dish service, many of the movies I may have thought of purchasing are now being shown regularly on the tube. With Netflix movies on demand, why would I want to buy the movie on DVD? Just my two cents.

I just thought of something else. I have two cabinets full of DVD movies that I haven’t watched in years. I seriously doubt that I will be buying a movie on DVD again.

Comments welcome.

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Would You Pay A Quarter To Use A Grocery Shopping Cart?

There is an article over at the San Jose Mercury news about Safeway stores now charging a quarter to use a shopping cart. Seems that grocery stores are trying to recover some of the costs associated with shopping cart thefts that happen ever year. According to the article it states:

 The shiny new shopping cart at my neighborhood Safeway called out to me. It said: “Pay me a quarter or carry your own groceries.”

And I said: “I’ll see you rust in hell first.”

Yes, shopping cart theft is a global problem. I’m told California retailers spend $15 million a year on replacement carts, retrieval companies and security systems. Like puppies trained to live within invisible fences, we’ve learned not to take our carts beyond the yellow line where the electronic sensors make the wheels lock.

And now, after years of making carts bigger and bigger to lure us into buying more and more of their stuff, the retailers want us to think they are doing us a favor, that driving a cart is some kind of privilege conferred only on those who are willing to pay – like valet parking?

I inspected the new “pay before you shop” cart. It had something similar to a bike lock dangling from the handle and a little slot where you insert the quarter. Return the cart and you get your quarter back, like those luggage carts at the airport.

But a luggage cart is just a convenient amenity. A shopping cart is a basic necessity – unless you enjoy shopping before every meal.

This is going to go down as the stupidest idea ever. I’ll be surprised if this cart rental idea doesn’t go down in flames. It will only be a matter of time after Safeway starts to lose business that the rental scheme will fade away.

What do you think. Would you pay a quarter to do your grocery shopping and use a company owned shopping cart?

Comments welcome.

Full article is here.

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Zilok

As you already know, there are plenty of options to take advantage of when it comes to buying and selling items online. Almost every popular retailer that you can think of allows you to buy items from their catalogs online, and if you want to sell your own stuff, then eBay is only a click away. All of this is a piece of cake, right? Buying and selling online may be easy enough, but the same thing can’t be said for renting. There isn’t exactly an abundance of online rental options, especially when you step away from real estate, but Zilok provides a rental marketplace that’s worth checking out.

It can be hard to adjust your thinking from buying and selling to renting when visiting a site like this, but once you do, it really begins to make sense. The service aims to connected interested parties in the same area with one another, and they can then establish the specific terms from there. As a renter, no matter what it is that you may be interested in, check out the deposit, price, and rental time interval details, and if everything looks good and the item is available, you can move forward and try to setup the actual rental.

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