This Utah merchant says he’s worried about paying rent thanks to Amazon’s war on fake eclipse glasses

A new Utah businessman got tripped up this week because of Amazon’s war against fake eclipse glasses.

Jason Wright, who bought thousands of eclipse glasses on credit and sold them on Amazon, struggled with the company after Amazon blocked him from selling them, according to the Bloomberg.

Wright enlisted his family to help him package them in his parents’ Salt Lake home and sell them to thousands of customers who placed orders. But Amazon began cracking down on fake shades this week, as sellers and merchants had been selling “fake shades that could damage people’s eyes,” according to Bloomberg.

Experts, including some in Utah, have encouraged those interested in the solar eclipse, which will happen Monday, to buy special eye gear to protect themselves, according to the Deseret News.

But Wright’s plan to sell glasses on his own didn’t work out the way he wanted. Wright doesn’t ordinarily sell on the site, so the sudden surge in sales from a new merchant triggered scrutiny.

He received an email that his account had been suspended, as Amazon thought his lack of feedback was questionable. He emailed and called Amazon, but got no response, Bloomberg reported.

So he flew to Seattle. He spoke with Amazon and got the decision changed, but he’s still worried it could all fall apart again.

“I’m on the edge of making a few bucks or falling behind on my rent,” he told Bloomberg. “It’s stressful. I’m very grateful to Amazon. But it would be really nice to have better escalation features when things go wrong.”

If you’re worried about buying glasses on Amazon, the Clark Planetarium offers some for $1 or $2. It’s also a good idea to buy some from a “reputable seller,” including NASA or other organizations.

Utah won’t be in the path of totality …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

‘We Have 14 Black Deaf Americans With Ph.D.s—14’

In many ways, Gallaudet University looks like any other liberal-arts college in America: Brick buildings and leafy walkways are abundant on its campus in Washington, D.C. But at Gallaudet, American Sign Language (ASL) is the lingua franca, and creating space for deaf culture a main priority. Walking to class, students sign in rapid-fire bursts of kinetic language.

Franklin Jones Jr. is one of those students. Though he is thriving now—having gotten his undergraduate degree and now attending graduate school at the university—his path has been a difficult one. In fact, Franklin wasn’t sure college was for him at all. But Dr. Carolyn McCaskill, a professor of deaf studies at Gallaudet who researches the history and structure of black ASL, worked with Franklin to make sure he reached graduation. Not only did he do that, but he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in ASL, linguistics, and deaf studies, and he was selected to deliver remarks at his graduation ceremony.

For The Atlantic’s series on mentorship, “On The Shoulders Of Giants,” I spoke with Jones Jr. and McCaskill about their bond, the experience of being black and deaf in America, and how mentorship can promote inclusion.

B.R.J. O’Donnell: Can you talk about what black ASL is particularly well-suited to capturing and communicating?

Carolyn McCaskill: You know how some people may talk loud? I sign loud. So that’s one of the features—a larger signing space. Two-handed signing is also one of the features. In mainstream ASL, someone might just sign with one hand, but in black ASL, two-handed signs are also okay. And then there is repetition. If you sign, “I’m getting out of here,” you will sign it not just once, but twice—you might even sign it three times, for emphasis and also for clarification purposes. So we incorporate our …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Business

Michelle Singletary: Is debt a deal breaker when dating? Four signs that it is

The intersection of finance and romance is always a tricky place. And many people even arrive there while still dating, when the level of debt — student loans included — being carried by a potential partner creates concern about the next step in the relationship.

Here’s the big picture: There’s $1.4 trillion in outstanding education debt. But what happens when heavy debt hits close to home? What do you do when your significant other is struggling under the weight of student loans? Should you dump him or her because of the debt? Could you bring yourself to marry someone with substantial student loans?

IonTuition, which provides an online debt-management service for students, conducted a survey of 1,000 American adults to determine how student debt plays out in dating.

It’s not playing well.

Seventy-five percent of survey respondents viewed student loan debt as “baggage.” And 12 percent said they’d be more concerned about high levels of education loans than if a prospective partner had a child, was divorced or had a record as a nonviolent felon.

During one of my recent online chats, a reader expressed apprehension about dating someone with student loans. She wasn’t sure if the debt was a deal breaker.

“I am debt-free thanks to various factors, some related to hard work and much related to luck. My parents could help me pay for college,” the reader wrote. “My girlfriend is so incredibly responsible and hardworking but did not grow up with the same privileges. At 20, her parents disowned her for being gay. She went from homeless to working full time to paying for college and graduate school herself and has become a very successful adult.”

Nevertheless, the debt load looms.

“She still has student debt, recently consolidated, as well as some credit card debt (almost all gone),” the reader added. “I’ve never met anyone …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News