Avoid This Common Pitfall of Shopping for a New Car Online

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For many consumers, browsing online inventories at car dealerships has replaced weekend strolls through their lots. You can easily research prices, models, and add-ons to arm yourself with knowledge before you ever even meet a salesperson. And because they’re often driven more by volume than profit, internet sales teams frequently offer lower prices than if you simply showed up in person. From there, it’s a matter of finalizing the pre-negotiated price on the lot.

The problem? That “bottom line” web price can shift dramatically by the time you sit down with a dealer.

According to USA Today, dealerships that interact with consumers to hash out prices via email rather than in person still have a laundry list of fees and charges that tend to materialize once you’ve walked in the door. A dealer may actually begin negotiations from scratch, sidestepping email exchanges to see if you can’t be talked into another kind of deal that may offer savings but still wind up being more expensive than the agreement you thought you had.

One way dealers do this is to advertise a low sales price with accompanying fine print that the amount is dependent on specific discounts—for veterans, college graduates, or other demographics you may not belong to. This doesn’t apply exclusively to car lots, either: Car manufacturers that offer special programs can sometimes prove disappointing once you step foot in the door. Dealers may point out that a zero-percent financing offer only applies if you forego another incentive, like a cash rebate, on the vehicle.

The best way to minimize some of these last-minute assaults on your wallet is to come prepared. Try to secure financing through a bank or credit union rather than relying on the dealer’s preferred bank to keep your options open. You can also use services like TrueCar to assess your preferred model’s value in your local market to make sure you’re getting a fair deal. You’ll also want to come armed with the model’s invoice price, which is hundreds or thousands less than the retail price and will give you context for how good (or bad) the price on paper really looks.

Even faced with a printed price quote and a stubborn consumer disposition, dealers are counting on the fact that you don’t want to waste hours in their office for nothing and may eventually bend to some of their counteroffers. Depending on your level of patience, you may not walk out with the exact deal you wanted. But if you remain firm and stick to the details offered by the dealer’s internet sales team, you should be able to drive off the lot without any regrets. 

[h/t USA Today]   

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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More Than 650 New Words Have Been Added to Dictionary.com—Here Are 50 of Them

Online dictionaries can add words a little more quickly than their printed counterparts.
Online dictionaries can add words a little more quickly than their printed counterparts.
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Back in April, Dictionary.com updated its lexicon with a number of terms that had sprung up seemingly overnight, including COVID-19, novel coronavirus, and even rona. Now, as a testament to just how fast language evolves, the online dictionary has added 650 more.

Though the terms aren’t all quite as new as rona, they’ve all recently become prevalent enough to warrant their own dictionary entries. And they’re not all related to public health crises, either. New slang includes amirite, a truncated version of Am I right?; and zhuzh, a verb meaning “to make (something) more lively and interesting, stylish, or appealing, as by a small change or addition” (it can also be used as a noun).

There’s a handful of phrases that describe pets used for service or therapy—assistance animal, comfort animal, and emotional support animal, among others—and a couple that help capture the sometimes bizarre landscape of modern parenting. Sharent, a portmanteau of share and parent, refers to the act of chronicling your child’s life on social media (or a parent who does it); and extravagant methods of publicly announcing an unborn baby’s gender are now so widespread that gender reveal is a dictionary-recognized term. Some terms address racist behaviors—whitesplain and brownface, for example—while others reflect how certain people of color describe their specific ethnicities; Afro-Latina, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Latinx each have an entry, as do Pinay, Pinoy, and Pinxy.

In addition to the new entries, Dictionary.com has also added 2100 new definitions to existing entries and revised another 11,000 existing definitions—making it the site’s largest update ever. Black in reference to ethnicity is now a separate entry from the color black, and lexicographers have also combed through the dictionary to capitalize Black wherever it appears in other entries. They’ve also replaced homosexuality—now often considered an outdated clinical term with a negative connotation—with gayness in other entries, and addict with a person addicted to or a habitual user of. In short, people are constantly making language more inclusive and sensitive, and Dictionary.com is working to represent those changes in the dictionary.

Take a look at 50 of Dictionary.com’s new words and phrases below, and learn more about the updates here.

  1. Af
  1. Afro-Latina
  1. Afro-Latino
  1. Afro-Latinx
  1. Agile development
  1. Amirite
  1. Assistance animal
  1. Battle royale
  1. Bombogenesis
  1. Brownface
  1. Cap and trade
  1. Comfort animal
  1. Community management
  1. Companion animal
  1. Conservation dependent
  1. Conservation status
  1. Contouring
  1. Critically endangered
  1. DGAF
  1. Dunning-Kruger effect
  1. Ecoanxiety
  1. Emissions trading
  1. Emotional labor
  1. Emotional support animal
  1. Empty suit
  1. Extinct in the wild
  1. Filipinx
  1. Filipina
  1. Gender reveal
  1. GOAT
  1. Hodophobia
  1. Information bubble
  1. Ish
  1. Jabroni
  1. Janky
  1. MeToo
  1. Natural language processing
  1. Nothingburger
  1. Off-grid
  1. Pinay
  1. Pinoy
  1. Pinxy
  1. Ratio
  1. Sharent
  1. Swole
  1. Techlash
  1. Therapy animal
  1. Whitesplain
  1. World-building
  1. Zhuzh