Originally created 09/17/00

Pocket change



STUDENT SHOPPERS:

More than a quarter of college students plan to shop online for back-to-school items this year, with Internet purchases comprising about 13 percent of their total expenditures, a new survey finds.

Of the 28 percent of college students who said they'd make purchases over the Internet, more than half said they expect to spend more online than they did in 1999, according to a survey conducted by the Port Washington, N.Y., market research firm The NPD Group Inc.

Of college students buying items online, 38 percent said they plan to order textbooks, 39 percent plan to buy clothing, and 27 percent said they'd buy general school supplies, according to NPD's August survey of 2,578 college students.

ENDLESS INFORMATION:

Spending money wisely should be every consumer's goal, but to do so requires good information.

There's plenty of information out there, but finding the information you need can be a daunting task. Research expert and author Robert Berkman makes the task easier with his book, Find It Fast (HarperResource, $15, paperback).

Much of the book centers on the Internet, but Mr. Berkman discusses using more traditional resources such as public libraries, associations and the federal government to find what you're looking for.

COMPACT SCANNER:

There's a lot to love in a very small package with the CanoScan N656U.

Weighing in at just more than 3 pounds and slightly more than an inch tall, this Canon flatbed scanner would be an attractive addition to any computer system. The scanning surface is 8.5 by 11.7 inches, more than adequate for most small or home offices.

It offers 42-bit scanning, which purportedly recognizes more than 4 trillion colors. Standard resolution is 600 X 1200 dots per inch. The CanoScan N656U sells for $129. Call (800) 652-2666 or visit www.ccsi.canon.com.

NO TIME, NO MONEY:

The Travel Industry Association of America reports adults feel they have less time and money to travel and, therefore, are "less interested in pleasure travel."

The TIAA said its traveler sentiment index, which measures the affordability, quality and time consumers have available to travel, declined in the third quarter of 2000.

Baby boomers concerned about retirement savings reported the most negative sentiments toward traveling, while travelers ages 18-34 were generally more positive.



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