AliExpress: The New Amazon? Or, Close, But No Cigar?

An exhaustive review of AliExpress, the Chinese Amazon and the “foreign office” of global giant AliBaba.

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Losing Your Shirt: Amazon’s Anticompetitive Edge in Pricing

Amazon is playing a strange game involving pricing of some of its products, selling them at a hefty loss. It’s not really clear why.

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Port Angeles CRTC: Giving New Flight to Aircraft Scrap

In Port Angeles, Washington, Vishva Nalamalapu hangs out at the Composite Recycling Technology Center, or CRTC, with Michigan transplant Nicole Wright, to learn about all of the cool stuff they are manufacturing from aerospace industry scrap.

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Black Ocean Strategy? Private Firms Are Looking To Cut Themselves A Slice Of The Infrastructure Pie.

Wall Street and Silicon Valley are looking for access to infrastructure as they seek out new markets and sources of reliable revenue streams and growth potential. It’s good work … if you can get it.

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Debt or Asset? How Utility Shutoffs Are About To Be A Big Problem.

Springtime and mounting debt related to COVID19 means utility shutoffs are coming. At least probably. Here are some ideas for how we can fix our broken systems for utility billing– and how we subsidize utilities through programs like LIHEAP without actually moving the needle on energy poverty.

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100 Corporations Produce 71% of Carbon Emissions. But Who Buys Their Products?

LIVING IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT, A STONE’S THROW FROM THE AMBASSADOR BRIDGE, I AM ACCUSTOMED to having to wipe off the

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Trying To Bump Up Those Margins? Have You Considered… Stealing?

Amazon has a long and sordid history of stealing the designs of companies that sell on its platform– and making their products themselves, to be sold at a lower price. One company decided to troll them in response.

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Mispricing the Chevrolet Bolt, And Other Strange Corporate Decisions

The Chevrolet Bolt originally sold poorly. It’s now selling well, but at an average of a 30% discount off its full MSRP. Maybe that suggests it wasn’t priced right to begin with.

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Cato Needs To Re-Toole Their Bad Takes On Infrastructure

The Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole has a really terrible take on transportation investment that grossly misrepresents how money and economic efficiency work.

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Book Review – Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, by Emily Chang

A few weeks ago, I finished Emily Chang’s Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, which came out

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