/ March 12th, 2010
Your cable bill has gone up with an average 4% a year? You might not realize this, but you got off quite well. According to an FCC report cable bills have gone more than 90% since the late 90’s.
In 2005 the average TV cable rate was $43, basic cable $14, and the expanded basic package was $28. Most telecommunication prices have come down because of the deregulation, but it did not work for the TV cable bills.
A frustrated customer called his provider in LA to ask for a discount (you can always try). This person was paying over $150 per month and was hoping for a 10% discount. To his surprise he got his monthly cable bill reduced to less than $100!
This person is among a lot of savvy customers who no longer accept high monthly bill who keep on increasing without a good explanation. Give your local cable company a call for a discount can be a good idea.
Another solution is the internet, take a basic internet subscription, call over the internet (by using skype or other services), and watch all TV channels over the web.
/ February 1st, 2010
Cable bill increases are going to hit you again this year. Last year the average price for a monthly cable subscription was $75 and a lot of customers where paying more than $ 100.
This year the average price increase will be 5%! This means that at this rate you will be paying $95 a month for TV in five years.
The reason for these increases are that cable companies make huge investments which not always pay off, so they need to find a way to get those costs covered. They do this by milking the cow which (they think) cannot go elsewhere, meaning you, the loyal cable subscriber who wants to see the popular shows.
But now all cable companies are faced with web-based television, with content for free or for almost nothing. Various services are available which offer you your favorite show for nothing or for a small fraction of your monthly cable bills.
The question is how are cable companies going to catch up? A lot of their customers already found out that they can see much of their favorite shows through internet services which costs much less than cable. So far cable companies have not yet figured out how to adapt to the way the web distributes contents. If you like to reduce your cable bill you should consider the alternatives the internet offers to your cable company.
/ February 13th, 2014
What type of bills will i be charged for? water? phone? etc and what is the estimated cost of each bill
/ January 19th, 2014
This is your first day in teaching social studies six periods in a row in a rough inner city high. In your first period, you noticed that all the students are dividing themselves with guys in one end of the room and girls at the other.You decide to start off the day by asking a question. "How does a bill become a law?"
"A bill?" asks one student
"Yeah, a bill" you say
"Like a phone bill?" says a girl in thick curly braids
"Not exactly" you counter.
"A cable bill?" asks Latisha in a knowing smile
"Come on you know what I mean. Another whole use of the word bill."
"Its a name. A white name. You know how dem white boys have real short names? Bill, Frank, Dave.." interjects Tasha
Now all of sudden the girl with the thick braids interjects with "F*ck you, you don’t know me. You think that you can change me cuz you a NICE WHITE MAN?" Automatically you can sense that she is giving you hostility on your first day.
"Excuse you, but not everybody is suffering from a disease call dumb*ss. Let the teacher speak up." says the boy from behind. Now the class has dissolved into chaos with incessant bickering and no one is listening to you to quiet down.
/ December 21st, 2013
I have a small startup that is six months young. My invoices go out prior to services being rendered. I have a (former) client who had paid March 9th with no problem. April 9th the next invoice was due and they requested to switch invoice dates to the 25th of the month because it was easier. Fine. I’m a small startup, I need to build relationships.
So I prorated April 9th – the 24th and then added the month fee on the 25th. I send the invoice on the 25th for both and within 12 hours the client is no longer able to continue "until July". Okay. So I cancel that invoice and just send the prorated one. Which, now, was due on the 9th of April.
It’s now May 21st and that invoice has not yet been paid. I added a late fee as it’s now six weeks late. The response I received almost two weeks ago was that the client is "honestly too busy right now to handle this but will work with" their spouse "on getting this taken care of timely".
In my personal life, without a second thought, I would automatically say "um, bet you found time to pay your electric bill…and cable bill…". But I obviously can’t say that. It LITERALLY takes maybe three (?) seconds to pay a PayPal invoice. So unless you’re THE busiest person on the planet – GIMME A BREAK!
How do I respond now? While I do need to and am interested in building relationships for my new company, I 100% refuse to let this go. It’s a business, I’m not volunteering my time and she already received my services so I have no leverage. Help!
The prorated amount would’ve been 0. But the client came to me through a networking site that I have a ridiculous discount on to get people in the "door" and spread the word. It’s been working fantastically with every other client. The client literally owes prorated including the late fee.
My admin assistant has corresponded with the client via email. On April 29th, client said they were traveling that week and would "set up a draft on Friday" when they got home. Didn’t happen. So my AA contacted the client on May 4th to politely remind her. No response. She sent another polite email to the client on the 7th because now my AA can’t do her job and close out this client’s account without getting her invoice cleared up. No response. She sent another on the 9th and the client responded within three minutes saying what I quoted in my original post. I just can’t get past the "I don’t have time" line, as if this client is the
Yes, by the client’s request they are on hiatus from my services so we are both on the same page that they haven’t been receiving services since April 25th. The fee was acknowledged and accepted by the client.