Eliminating the middleman

Friday! But a bit rainy.

A study from the HBS tells us that buying luxury goods makes us miserable. And yet.

The push is on in Massachusetts to eliminate brokers fees for apartment rentals. New York just did it. The MA legislature seems to want to protect the brokers, many of whom would go out of business without the fees. So what. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the renter to pay the fee. Let the landlord pay if a broker was involved or allow the renter to engage a broker and then have to pay the fee, as in New York. But requiring the renter, sight unseen, to pay the entire broker fee is just wrong.

Apparently there’s a new Apple TV in the works. That’s the device and not the app or services of the same name. Confusing, right?

If you think things are bad now, then just wait. Lots of post-Iowa doom and gloom. I’m not as pessimistic as some but you can count me as concerned.

And on this anniversary of the second day of the Blizzard of 78, the one I spent stranded at someone’s house after bogging down on the turnpike in the middle of the night, here’s an old WGBH clip featuring Shelby Scott.

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