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Made in America.
More States Use Purchasing Power to 'Buy American,' Create Jobs -- State and local governments, which spend close to $2 trillion annually on goods and services, are increasingly trying to leverage their purchasing power to favor American businesses and create jobs.

Convenience vs. Chaos?
Adding It Up: Amazon Ship vs. Costco Shop -- My guess is that many Costco customers would find that any savings they gain by shopping there is eliminated and then some when they consider the value of the time spent going to and fro many times a year. That's time they would win back if they subscribed to those same items at Amazon and then never had to think again about running out of them.

Speaking of Costco...
Would You Buy a Wedding Dress at Costco? -- Big box discount wholesale-retailer Costco is getting into the wedding business. This year, the megastore made its first foray in the multi-billion-dollar industry by introducing six wedding dresses from designer Kirstie Kelly to its shoppers. Priced from $700 to $1,400, the gowns are scheduled to hit stores this season--just in time for the June wedding rush. King5 reports that the dresses will be displayed in a shop-in-shop display. No word yet on whether Costco will be offering customers use of dressing rooms.

Google gets into price comparison.
Google buys UK financial products price comparison site -- Search engine operator Google has bought UK price comparison website beatthatquote.com for £37.7m ($61m). The purchase will give Google access to software that allows consumers to compare the price of products in areas including personal finance, insurance and legal services.

- Sheena Moore

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