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Why buy water when you can have it for free?

14 hours ago
Molly Wood and Mukta Mohan

Despite having some of the best and safest tap water in the entire world, most of us are buying bottled water in droves.  Our love for drinking water out of little plastic bottles is creating an environmental disaster, and we're spending money to buy water that we could be drinking for free. Roberto Ferdman wrote about how bottled water is becoming the drink of choice in American households for the Washington Post.

A snapshot of Polaroid’s turnaround

14 hours ago
Molly Wood and Daisy Palacios

Polaroid is back in the camera game with the Cube, a tiny action camera, as well as an instant snapshot printer. As a brand, it's name is on televisions and even a line of low-cost Android phones mainly sold in Mexico.

The company has also been raising its profile at big consumer electronics events, like IFA, happening this week in Berlin.

Since becoming CEO of Polaroid, Scott Hardy has helped put the company on a successful track.

Marketplace for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

14 hours ago

Another stock market plunge, StubHub's pricing model and conflict within the European Union over the migrant crisis. 

Migrant crisis challenging EU identity

14 hours ago
Kim Adams

The European Union is threatening legal action against several of its member states. The branch of that economic bloc which deals with migration says at least 10 countries — they won’t say which ones — are being served a final warning. Why? The EU says these countries are not properly following procedures for dealing with asylum seekers.

When markets are turbulent, it's time for Rule 48

14 hours ago
Mark Garrison

Many of the recent wild openings of the stock market came with a footnote: the New York Stock Exchange invoked Rule 48. Tuesday was one of those days. Normally an obscure rule in a rulebook full of them, Rule 48 is currently having a star turn because of recent volatile trading.

Nova Safo

So much for that approach: StubHub, the online ticket reseller, has bagged its all-inclusive pricing model. Seems ticket buyers don't really like the full truth, even if they ask for it.  

The plan, first instituted in January of 2014,  factored all fees into the stated price of a ticket. StubHub's research showed that buyers want transparency. 

Helping low-income college students feel at home

14 hours ago
Amy Scott

Gabriel Ramos remembers the first time he felt out of place at Vassar College. He was in his dorm, talking to a fellow student about high school. When the student had been assigned a project about the Holocaust, his family flew to Europe to visit Holocaust museums.

“I was like, ‘okay, you are very different from me,” Gabe recalls thinking.

Gabe did not grow up in the kind of family that could just jet off to Europe to do field research. His mom worked as a bus driver. His dad moved from job to job. Neither parent went to college.

Taking stock of minimum wage around the world

15 hours ago
Tony Wagner and Janet Nguyen

Myanmar has introduced  a minimum wage for the first time, which takes effect Tuesday, according to Reuters. 

The new policy would require employers to pay workers 3,600 kyat, or  $2.80, for an eight-hour work day, which equals about 35 cents an hour. 

PODCAST: Consumers love coupons

Sep 1, 2015
Noel King

On today's show, competition for the arctic heats up; medical debt collectors are up in arms over a new ruling by the FCC; and how habits adopted by consumers in the midst of recession are hard to shake.

Medical debt collectors up in arms over FCC ruling

Sep 1, 2015
D Gorenstein

Twenty-seven million Americans were contacted by a collection agency about unpaid medical bills last year.

A new Federal Communications Commission ruling makes it more difficult to track down those debtors on their cell phones, according to the collection industry. 

The new rule clarifies that collection agencies can "robo-call" someone on a cell, but only if that person consented to those calls for billing issues.

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