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Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:50 PM
— With the holiday season in full swing, many are relying on gift cards to make shopping a little simpler. But which ones are the best?
WalletHub recently conducted some research to find out, and iTunes, Starbucks and Walmart were the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively.
The personal finance site determined its results by comparing the 50 most popular options across five major categories: how popular the cards are; how much of a discount you can get when you buy them; how much you can sell them for; how much people like the retailer; and shipping fees.
The reason iTunes, Starbucks and Walmart came out on top was their free shipping and high popularity score. All three also had high resale values.
Here’s snapshot of the best three gift cards.
Popularity ranking: 4
Shipping fee: $0
Average buyer discount: 5.15 percent
Average resale value of $100 gift card: $77.75
Retailer rating out of 5: 3.03
Popularity ranking: 6
Shipping fee: $0
Average buyer discount: 7.74 percent
Average resale value of $100 gift card: $76.27
Retailer rating out of 5: 2.57
Popularity ranking: 3
Shipping fee: $0
Average buyer discount: 2.00 percent
Average resale value of $100 gift card: $84.92
Retailer rating out of 5: 2.13
Overall, Amazon was the most popular, Dunkin Donuts offered the best average buyer discount at 24.83 percent and Netflix had the highest average resale price at $86.11.
Curious about the other findings? Take a look at the top 10 gift cards below and read the full report here.
Top 10 gift cards
4. Victoria’s Secret
7. Best Buy
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:26 PM
Camit said that after the failed carjacking attempt on Eric Drive in Palm Coast, the man, later identified as Stephen Goldberg, fled. Camit followed him and that’s when Goldberg, 32, ran toward her with the knife.
Investigators said deputies arrived and took Goldberg into custody without incident.
“Had he approached a sheriff’s deputy in this manner, it is likely that we would have had a different outcome,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said.
Staly said Goldberg is a “career repeat offender.”
“Our C.O.P.s are invaluable volunteers who serve and help protect this community alongside our deputies. We will not tolerate anyone threatening harm to them or anyone else. I hope the courts keep him locked up and he is sent back to prison where he belongs before he hurts someone,” Staly said.
Camit is a seasoned C.O.P. with several years of experience, and in light of the incident, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will reevaluate the equipment issued to C.O.P.s for their protection.
Goldberg was arrested and charged with attempted armed carjacking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed trespassing.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:48 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorneys for an Orange County man who was convicted of first-degree murder and arson last year said their client's IQ might be too low for him to be executed.
A jury in May 2017 convicted Juan Rosario of beating Elena Ortega, 83, and burning her alive in her home in 2013. Jurors unanimously decided that he should be sentenced to death.
Rosario's lawyers have spent almost a year trying to build up enough evidence to convince Circuit Judge Leticia Marques that he doesn't doesn't deserve to die. They'll make their case during a hearing scheduled for May.
"There's too much work that needs to be done, and we need to have additional experts appointed," attorney Ted Marrero said.
Marrero on Friday asked Marques for a six-month extension because he said he recently learned that Rosario has an IQ of 72.
"Tell them they need to soldier on and be ready," state attorney Brad King said. "And at the same time, tell them that we need our witness list by 5 o'clock today."
Prosecutors said one year was more than enough time for attorneys to figure out that Rosario might meet the legal definition of mental retardation.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:17 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Authorities are looking for a man who stole a Jeep on Thursday from a dealership during a test drive, police said.
The suspect walked into Philly Auto dealership around 7 p.m. and expressed interest in a red Jeep Cherokee on the lot, according to WPVI.
The man and a salesman went on a test drive. During the drive, the man started driving erratically and the salesman asked him to pull over, according to WPVI. The salesman started to switch seats with the man when the thief pulled out a gun and drove off, leaving the salesman on the side of the road.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:56 PM
— A grave marker company that was the focus of a police investigation and several consumer complaints, including one from a metro Atlanta woman, said it has permanently closed.
The president of Wichman Monuments of Chattanooga said it plans to resolve as many unfilled orders as possible, according to the Times Free Press.
The 72-year-old business has hired a law firm to help it with the closure, and an attorney with the firm said plans are to contact each of Wichman’s customers.
A Paulding County woman, Pam Dean, said she paid more than $3,000 to Wichman Monuments for a headstone for her late husband’s grave. Though the check was cashed on Jan. 2, no monument was delivered.
“When I call the company, it goes to voicemail and a message that the voicemail is full,” Dean said.
Chattanooga police said they opened a fraud investigation into the company after receiving complaints.
The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia said it received a number of complaints “in the low 30s” about the company.