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Some further thoughts (from a product cost expert) on Tiffany's ridiculous "Rubedo."
All That Glitters Isn't Gold...and Neither are Product Material Cost "Multipliers" -- If you don't know what Tiffany's is, you're probably unmarried and have not been dating. Some say you can't put a price on love; Tiffany's disagrees and will help you do it! The first great thing about the article is Sheena's calling out of Tiffany's deceiving marketing. Apparently, they told her the bracelet is made of a golden "metal" called "Rubedo." No ladies it's not gold; it's something better; it's Rubedo. (Rubedo is actually just an alloy that helps Tiffany's water down the gold to make more $$$. Sheena and I had a good laugh about this on the phone.) Sheena's article caught my eye for two reasons. First, I'm just really cheap, and the idea of a $7,500 bracelet made of 55% Copper and 31% Gold flabbergasted me. However, more interesting than my miserly instincts was that Sheena does a nice little product cost analysis of the bracelet. In doing so, she highlights another form of fool's gold: Material Cost Multipliers.

Safeway ups its pork sourcing standards.
Safeway to drop pork from pregnant pigs raised in crates -- Safeway says it intends to stop buying pork from suppliers that confine pregnant sows in narrow metal crates. The nation's second-largest grocery chain joins McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's in phasing out pork that comes from pigs raised in so-called gestation stalls, which prevent pigs from turning around, moving forward or back, or lying down comfortably for most of their short lives. Animal welfare advocates have pushed for open stalls.

Let's all be sure to have a memorial wild rumpus today.
'Where Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dies -- Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen," has died. He was 83. Longtime friend and caretaker Lynn Caponera said she was with him when he died early Tuesday at a hospital in Danbury, Conn. She said he had a stroke on Friday. "Where the Wild Things Are" earned Mr. Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for the best children's book of 1964 and became a hit movie in 2009. President Bill Clinton awarded Mr. Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 for his vast portfolio of work.

A MacBook Air for under $1000?
How Much MacBook Air Can You Get for $800? -- In order to compete with PC manufacturers selling inexpensive Windows ultrabooks this year, Apple is primed to release a lower-priced, $800 MacBook Air in Q3 -- or so say "upstream supply chain" sourcesat DigiTimes.The MacBook Air is currently priced at $1,000 for the baseline 11-inch model. Incoming ultrabooks, meanwhile, cost as little as $700, and include sleek aesthetics and innovative feature sets that compete directly with Apple's Air lineup. "I think what's going on here is Apple is recognizing that more of the market is moving to thinner, sleeker designs that they pioneered with the Macbook Air," NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told Wired.

- Sheena Moore

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  1. Spartan:

    So where did Tiffany come up with the name "Rubedo"? Paying $7,500 bracelet made of 55% Copper and 31% Gold….that’s something that "rubes do"!

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