| Dec 20, 2011
| 9:00 AM
Thousands of puppies are bought and sold every year during the holiday season, which means thousands of consumers end up unknowingly supporting puppy mills.
Puppy mills are inhumane, commercial breeding facilities that place an emphasis on profits...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 10:51 AM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Darrin Ebron, a Baltimore DJ with tenuous Hollywood connections (he once played Eddie Murphy's wedding!) has been named in a federal complaint as part of a drug ring that transported hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Los...
| Nov 21, 2010
| 1:33 PM
Social shopping is the new trend in Internet commerce these days.
Websites have sprouted up, promising great discounts if a certain number of people sign up to buy. Groupon and LivingSocial are some of the most prominent, but a small Maryland startup...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 4:54 PM
This recorded message must be one of the biggest fibs a business makes to customers: "Your call is very important to us."
If that's true, why not hire someone to answer the phone?
Indeed, not being able to reach a live person is the No. 1 gripe about...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 5:00 AM
There's no denying the convenience and simplicity of shopping online. Successful retailers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com have become giants as a result. Small wonder that online sales have grown to an estimated $200 billion annually, or about 7...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 1:33 PM
The United States tax code is so backward that billionaire investor Warren Buffett pays only 17 percent in income taxes, a rate even lower than that of his secretary. Or so he claims. While I have great respect for Mr. Buffett, and while I agree that...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Taxes, taxes, and more taxes for the Maryland residents to pay is the only solution The Sun seems to endorse. Now The Sun is attacking Internet purchasing ("The digital divide," June 26) because on-line retailers do not charge sales taxes to customers...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 4:02 AM
Your recent editorial advocating taxation of online sales ("The digital divide," June 26) understates the legal and practical difficulties of imposing such a tax.
Far from being a "subsidy" or "tax exemption" for such sellers, the current law is based on...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:23 AM
We've talked before about subtle techniques restaurants and brick-and-mortar stores use to encourage you to open your wallet. Now let's discuss how online retailers nudge you toward buying.
According to Vouchercodes.co.uk, pages that load swiftly, one-...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Each year, Maryland businesses collect billions of dollars in sales and use taxes, while their Internet competitors fork over a minuscule amount. Comptroller Peter Franchot recently estimated that if the playing field were leveled and all sales were...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 3:22 PM
Timing is everything if you're trying to get the best deal on a computer, airfares, cars and even stocks.
Surveys indicate that there are days and times of the month when you are more likely to get a bargain. Online retailers, for instance, lower...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 11:05 AM
Friday is a red letter day for Maryland residents who like their grapes crushed, fermented and bottled: For the first time in modern history, it is legal to have a bottle of wine, whether produced in Maryland or elsewhere, shipped directly to one's door....