To discourage such shenanigans, many states require that creditors allow a certain minimum amount of time - typically 14 days - between actual receipt of your bill and the payment due date. You might want to look into this.
I am an avid reader who just received my first Kindle as a Christmas present. A couple of books later, I have noticed that my reading speed on the Kindle is a fraction of what it is for the same text on paper. I decided to re-read a novel before starting its sequel, and after a few chapters switched back to my old paperback. I found myself reading about 3 times faster on the physical book.
This is at least partly because there is so little text per page on the Kindle, a function of both display size and line- and letter-spacing. But beyond that there is also an issue with readability or legibility. The font used on these devices is remarkably ugly.
These are not permanent, unchangeable characteristics of E-readers, so I hope things will get better as the products evolve.
I'm genuinely surprised, and faintly horrified, to find someone using Best Buy as an example of good retail practice. In the past few years they have been caught misrepresenting products, selling used products as new, setting up a fake website with inflated prices, and otherwise behaving like dishonest scum.
The phrase is 'blind-sided.'
My bad - I posted after reading the existing comments. and I guess I lost track of that important detail.
However, my piano is a digital Roland, hooked up to all sorts of MIDI stuff and to my computer, so it may still qualify.
I'd much rather it were a 1920's Steinway, but I have neither the space nor the budget for a really nice piano.
The NYT allows me 20 free articles a month, so your numbers are suspect.
However, that limit does not include articles linked from, for example, Google News or any Google search. Which makes it fairly easy to get around.