Whenever I go to B&N they ask me if I want to get an annual membership which costs $25 but would allow me to save 40%, 20%, or 10% off the list price of books they carry. That sounds like a good deal but I never seem to have the desire to plop down another $25 today. It seems like a deal for the mathematically challenged. First of all, what does list price mean? Is that the cover price that no one actually pays? Secondly how much would I need to spend at this brand to break even before I started seeing any real savings? Am I going to spend that much this year and every year?
|Almost Everything else||$250.00||10%||$25|
When I go into a bookstore like that I’m usually not in a position to wait or I would just order it from Amazon.com. The most common case is for a gift. The bookstore gives me the opportunity to browse the store and get the immediate satisfaction of walking out with the dead-tree version of a published work. Border’s free membership removes the barrier of entry and I willing participate in their program.
More information is available on TripIt’s blog posting.
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— Dr. Kiki Sanford (@drkiki) March 26, 2010
Each year Apple holds its World Wide Developers Conference. This conference used to be held in San Jose but had to be moved to San Francisco when it got too big. Attendance tops out about 5,000 developers who descend each summer to Moscone West. The conference date floats between May and June. Apple announces the date of the conference ten weeks before. Last year the conference was announced on March 26th and the date was June 8th. Rumors abound from people trying to guess the date. So here we are a year later and there is still no announcement from Cupertino.
June 7-June 11
That means that the conference will probably not be starting on June 7th, the corresponding week of last year. I would have expected an announcement today if that were going to be the date. Another strike against the June 7th theory is the fact that the Yerba Buena Garden is booked up a public event that would conflict with the annual bash. The final strike against this date option is the fact that there are still rooms available at the Marriott across the street. Apple usually books their own employees into that hotel prior to announcing the conference. There’s still a chance that we may hear something tomorrow and I’ll be proven wrong.
June 28-July 2
Back in December appleisms.com posted an article with a screen shot showing a “Corporate Event” on the Moscone Center’s web site. That calendar has been since updated and the Corporate Event has been moved to June 23rd and 24th. That’s not long enough for WWDC but there’s nothing on the public schedule for the next week.
June 21-June 25
The week of June 21st has also appeared on some rumor sites. It is hard to discount this date. It would also include the anniversary of the iPhone and an opportune time to announce iPhone OS 4.0 and new iPhone hardware. Its hard to ignore this week.
It is unlikely that Apple will delay further into July or even August but it has happened. There’s nothing at this point to suggest that. For now we just wait.
Since originally writing this time has passed. It is looking more and more like June is out. Apple may push the date back into August or even September. If you assume a historical 90 day advance notice then the chart looks like this:
|2010||40||Apr 28, 2010||Jun 7, 2010||Moscone West West|
|2009||74||Mar 26, 2009||Jun 8, 2009||Moscone West|
|2008||88||Mar 13, 2008||Jun 9, 2008||Moscone West|
|2007||126||Feb 5, 2007||Jun 11, 2007||Moscone West|
|2006||153||Mar 7, 2006||Aug 7, 2006||Moscone West|
|2005||111||Feb 15, 2005||Jun 6, 2005||Moscone West|
|2004||123||Feb 26, 2004||Jun 28, 2004||Moscone West|
|2003||98||Feb 10, 2003||May 19, 2003||Moscone West|
|2002||31||Apr 15, 2002||May 16, 2002||San Jose Convention Center|
|2001||34||Apr 17, 2001||May 21, 2001||San Jose Convention Center|
|2000||55||Mar 21, 2000||May 15, 2000||San Jose Convention Center|
2000-2002 announcement date are from Apple PR
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