Online Edition Bonus Dialogue
To say that I am impressed with the difference is a whopper of an understatement.
I drive a 2003 Honda Element, and it has
always driven well and gotten reasonable gas
milage. But with the nitrogen in my tires I
have a much smoother ride with less road
noise—the kind I call “flumps,” from where
the road has been patched. And my mileage
I made the change so that I would not
have to be checking my air pressure so often
and never thought for a moment that it
would affect my car so nicely. Thank you!
Best of all, it’s free.
Linda Wood, Las Vegas, Nevada
The 1-800-GOT-JUNK organization
calls this form of advertising guerrilla marketing, and it is despicable. I would hope that
you would cease to promote these bad corporate citizens in future issues.
Steven Snyder, via e-mail
Why no links?
There were absolutely no links to information on the products from the “What’s New”
page [Online Edition, December 2005] featuring the new products, which seemed really
odd to me.
Debate goes on
In response to the February
Debate, “Should oil companies
pay a windfall profit tax?”
Why bother mentioning them to begin
with if it isn’t to try to sell them or to let people know more about the product? By the
time I go to costco.com, figure out which category it is in and so on, I will have forgotten
what it is I am looking up (thanks to your
splashy Web site).
Susan Rider, by e-mail
NO. I am shocked by the debate “Should oil
companies pay a windfall profits tax?” I can’t
believe it is even a legitimate question. Since
when should we punish companies for large
profits? Should we punish homeowners who
make an “outrageous” profit on the sale of
their homes? Should Microsoft be punished
because most every PC requires its software?
I noticed a plug in The Costco Connection for
the company 1-800-GOT-JUNK, in the
March 2006 edition on page 4. This company
has become a public nuisance in Denver,
Colorado. Their marketing involves the illegal placement of advertising signs in the public right of way on streets and highways. This
type of advertising is prohibited by law in virtually every incorporated municipality in the
For that December What’s New, all of the items
were warehouse-only products not available on
costco.com. Watch for two small icons used
throughout the magazine to indicate warehouse and/or costco.com availability.—Ed.
I have repeatedly contacted the company
to stop this practice, and they refuse. Their
actions are just another form of littering, and
cities lack the manpower to enforce sign ordinances. Small-time businesspeople have used
this illegal form of sign placement for years as
a way of getting free advertising. You will
never see respected national companies
resorting to this practice.
Keep cool, dawg
Oil companies are simply enjoying the
profits from being in the right business at the
right time. Profits that will eventually be reinvested to make more efficient refineries,
create more jobs and build a better economy.
For anyone who can’t stand it, they are just
showing jealousy and going against the
Your tips for safe summer travel with dogs
[“Head out on the highway,” April 2006] were
great! But there’s one thing you forgot to
mention: Don’t leave dogs in hot cars. “I’ll just
be a few minutes” can be deadly for dogs. A
Stanford University test found that, even if it’s
only 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal tem-
Brian Miller, Herndon, Virginia
YES. It will discourage them from price
Also, who draws your pie-chart graphs?
The January results graph in the February
magazine is wrong. The 88 percent slice looks
to be more like 78 percent. The 12 percent
slice is way too big. If you're going to have
these polls, the least you could do is not be
misleading about the results, right?
Paul Sherman, Malden, Massachusetts
Odds and ends
I read about using nitrogen instead of air in
my tires some time back and it stuck in my
mind. But it was only recently that I actually
got around to having it put in my tires.