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5 Things You Should Know – Part 76

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. It is not safe to use document shredding services at places like Staples and FedEx office.


Many people bring their secure documents to office supply stores for shredding. It’s affordable, usually under $1 a pound. The problem is that they don’t do the shredding. They place the documents into a basic plastic garbage bin with a very cheap lock.

If you want to ensure your documents get shredded and you have too many for your home shredder, go to a place that will shred it for you on the spot. Banks and other organizations also often have free shredding events where they bring a big machine to location and shred on the spot.

2. Check the card reader that gives you access to ATM vestibules after bank hours for skimmers as well as ATMs.

Card Readers
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Skimmers can be put anywhere you swipe your card. One common place is on the outside of bank vestibules where you have to swipe your card to gain entry.

3. If you have Amazon prime you can get Twitch Prime for free.

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Get free game content every month, ad-free Twitch viewing, Twitch Channel Subscription, plus loads more. Get one free subscription per month to support your favorite streamer.

4. TEDX is not the same as TED.

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TEDX is produced independently of TED and talks can be given by anyone, regardless of their education or experience.

Be careful to note if it’s TEDX when you watch a talk, and take it with a grain of salt, because literally, anyone can give a talk.


5. Chocolate Diamonds are a jewelry industry scam.

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Image credit: en.wikipedia.org

Brown diamonds are the most common diamonds, and the “Chocolate Diamond” was marketed perfectly to sell something above its actual worth since brown is an undesirable color.

Link to just one source, there’s a lot of info out there about this: http://jezebel.com/the-truth-about-chocolate-diamonds-5887100

In all fairness, though, some are actually worth something based on treatment and such, but all in all, they managed to take a worthless rock that was never able to sell, and market it so perfectly that it’s now a desirable piece of jewelry. Admirable, but still something you should know about before purchasing.

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