End of Trump’s boom?

From Bloomberg:

Americans Turn More Pessimistic on Economy

The number of Americans expecting the U.S. economy to get worse in the next year is at its highest point since 2013, a national NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Overall, 28 percent of Americans said the economy will get better in the next year, while 33 percent predict it will get worse, according to the survey, which was released Sunday. Those numbers were essentially reversed from January, when 35 percent said the economy would get better and 20 percent said it would get worse.

“For the first time in Trump’s presidency, his safety net of a robust economy shows signs of unraveling,” said Fred Yang, a Democratic pollster with Hart Research Associates.

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86 Responses to End of Trump’s boom?

  1. grim says:

    From Real Deal:

    Turning point? U.S. home sales slumped as listings surged in November, Redfin reports

    Home sales nationwide fell in November at the fastest rate in two years while the number of homes listed for sale increased at the fastest rate in three years, according to a report by Seattle-based brokerage firm Redfin.

    “The tide has turned. Sellers are now competing for buyers, but they haven’t all realized it yet,” Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather said in prepared remarks.

    “Sellers holding out for high prices are contributing to declining home sales and growing inventories,” he said. “We see few signs that buyers are likely to reward their patience.”

    Home sales in November dropped 8.3 percent from November 2017 while the number of homes listed for sale last month increased year over year by 4.9 percent, Redfin reported.

    Redfin reported that the median sale price of U.S. homes sales rose to $298,800 in November, up 3.3 percent from November 2017 – the third consecutive month of annual median-price growth under 4 percent following 77 consecutive months of growth over 4 percent.

  2. dentss says:

    second

  3. dentss says:

    And first …

  4. grim says:

    Murphy bans elephants the day before he goes on a safari to Africa to see elephants.

    Because only the rich should be able to.

  5. grim says:

    From CNBC:

    Google to invest $1 billion in new campus in New York City

    Google will invest $1 billion in a new campus in New York City, the company announced on Monday.

    The new 1.7 million square foot “Google Hudson Square” campus will include two buildings located at 315 and 345 Hudson Street and an office space situated at nearby 550 Washington Street in Manhattan, Google said in a blog post on Monday.

    The move will expand Google’s presence near the Hudson River in New York City. Earlier this year, the search giant announced it had purchased shopping and office complex Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion.

    Google said the Hudson Square campus will be the main location for its New York-based global business organization. It said the investments in Chelsea and Hudson Square will create capacity to more than double headcount in New York over the next decade. Google currently houses more than 7,000 employees in New York City in a range of teams including Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube and Cloud.

    “Our investment in New York is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in U.S. facilities, offices and jobs,” Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said in the blog post.

  6. D-FENS says:

    New 10 round magazine law in NJ does not exempt off duty and retired police officers. If they are caught with them and not on police business they are committing a felony. Lawmakers either forgot…or intentionally did not exempt police.

  7. D-FENS says:

    ‘This Is Just Crazy’: Former NYPD Commissioner Blasts NJ Gov. Over ‘Insane’ Gun Law

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/16/new-jersey-gun-ammunition-law-bernard-kerik-former-nypd-commissioner-blasts-phil-murphy

  8. Grim says:

    Why should off duty police officers even be permitted to carry guns?

  9. D-FENS says:

    The departments should just issue rape whistles while off duty

  10. Juice Box says:

    Kerik cannot get a gun anyway he is a felon.

    What the Police should do is refuse to work on the Govenor’s security detail starting next week in Africa…

  11. Juice Box says:

    Grim – simple google search “off duty police officer” and you will see drinking while armed is their favorite past time.

    I had a Belmar summer rental back in the day where one of the housemates was a cop, the stories I could tell about him and his buddies and gun play.

  12. Bagholder says:

    ‘Grim – simple google search “off duty police officer” and you will see drinking while armed is their favorite past time.

    I had a Belmar summer rental back in the day where one of the housemates was a cop, the stories I could tell about him and his buddies and gun play.’

    My buddy with a federal badge always had his gun with him while getting loaded. He drove a convertible and wouldn’t want to leave it in his car, that was his reasoning.

  13. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    2586 right now. Just sayin’

    The Original NJ ExPat says:
    December 14, 2018 at 11:11 am

    If you’re looking for a last chance bail out signal, I’d say somewhere around SPX 2590.

  14. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Everyone claims that taxes are theft….the real theft is how many people are getting away with not paying their share. It will collapse in time, and it’s due to greed. Everyone wants their govt to provide everything for them, but they refuse to pay the bill. We are a country corrupt individuals, but hey, that’s human nature for you.

    You want to think that most rich are noble hardworking individuals being rewarded for providing a service to society……..but when you wake up and smell the coffee, you understand how these people became so wealthy. It’s much easier to get into heaven being poor as opposed to rich, and that still applies in late 2018.

    “The Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes
    An eight-year campaign to slash the IRS’s budget has left the agency understaffed, hamstrung, and operating with archaic equipment. The result: a hundred-billion-dollar heist.”

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/12/rich-people-are-getting-away-not-paying-their-taxes/577798/

  15. The Great Pumpkin says:

    All this crying of taxes holding them back, but how many businesses actually pay what they are supposed to? All stealing money by hiding their income or doing god knows what shady accounting practices. Then they cry how they can’t operate their business under this tax percentage…blah blah. What business or rich individual actually pays the percentage they are supposed to pay? I know of none.

    Society is a joke that rewards unethical corrupt bastards. Only suckers follow the law and do the right thing.

  16. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    Everyone claims that taxes are theft….the real theft is how many people are getting away with not paying their share.

    Fair share? That’s defined by a government that wastes all kinds of money. Why not reduce it to something reasonable to the honest people you so proudly represent can prosper as well?

  17. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    Better yet, tell us how much you declared on those tennis lessons

  18. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Ahh, the typical justification thieves use to justify cheating their fellow citizens on the tax bill. If it makes you feel better….

    “Fair share? That’s defined by a government that wastes all kinds of money. Why not reduce it to something reasonable to the honest people you so proudly represent can prosper as well?”

  19. The Great Pumpkin says:

    The govt wastes money so it’s okay to cheat on your taxes.

    They also overpay their workers with decent pay and good benefits. So we have to dodge taxes for this reason.

  20. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Who exactly is not paying reasonable taxes? Who? I see more billionaires/millionaires every got damn year. Yes, the tax system is so oppressive. How do people become so wealthy off a system that’s holding them back? Please explain.

    “Why not reduce it to something reasonable to the honest people you so proudly represent can prosper as well?””

  21. Libturd, can't say I didn't warn you. says:

    Or move to Costa Rica where the government is so small that even with completely nationalized health care, no one complains about taxes. Why? No military to pay for. They also take pride in NOT voting along party lines and no campaign financing is allowed. As long as you get 5% of the vote, you get your fair share of the government’s election budget with is 1/2 a percent of the total budget. Voting is celebrated there with fiestas!

  22. No One says:

    Punkin Tard,
    Just because you grew up with and still hang out with crooks doesn’t mean everyone else is crooked.
    I pay over $1m per year and works out to be over 40% of my income.
    I’m still waiting for you and all leftists to define what my “fair share” is.
    Because every time my taxes get raised, it’s explained as making sure I pay my “fair share”. And yet immediately after, leftists still complain that “the rich” still aren’t paying their “fair share”.
    Did you know that 43% of households pay no income tax at all?
    Did you know that the top 3% of households pay over 50% of all income taxes?
    By what moral standard do you use to define “fair share”?

  23. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    What stocks are you buying today Pumps, O mighty caller of all callers?

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhazhah!

  24. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    ^^^ I think I remember somebody short on brains saying something like, “I’ll buy all I can get at these prices.”

  25. Mike S says:

    Upper middle class pays all the taxes (this blog minus a few)

  26. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Yes, because 43% of the population barely makes any money at all. Which is pretty pathetic. Are we really crying about the taxes people pay that make 30,000 a year? How much could they even contribute? Yes, let’s tax the people with no savings at all, so someone worth 40 million can add another 2 million to their net worth this year.

    “Did you know that 43% of households pay no income tax at all?
    Did you know that the top 3% of households pay over 50% of all income taxes?
    By what moral standard do you use to define “fair share”?”

  27. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Therein lies the tipping point. When the “fair share” of the majority becomes zero, what do you think the minority will do?

    We have something similar going in Boston when it comes to admissions to one of the best public schools in the nation, Boston Latin. It’s close to 50/50 right now. Half the kids go to private school for grades K-6, than “test in” to Boston Latin (Actually the admission process takes into account score on the ISEE exam and grades from 5th and 6th). Boston has gone to great extents to seek out the smartest kids in their schools (based on another exam, the Terra Nova) and then “teaching” them over the Summer how to get a good grade on the October ISEE exam.

    My take is that the City of Boston will be in a world of political hurt if the percentage of kids who come from private schools rises above 50% for admission and public school kids are actually in the minority for admission to the best public school.

    Have to keep the zero taxpayers below 50% and the number of public school students in the best public school above 50% or there will be a lot ‘splainin’ to do.

    Did you know that 43% of households pay no income tax at all?

  28. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    2:50 – Pumps once again shows his moronic, uneducated, criminal upbringing.

  29. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I agree with below. Why should we be responsible for the costs of our military? How exactly do we benefit? It’s the businesses and wealthy that benefit from the military in this country.

    Libturd, can’t say I didn’t warn you. says:
    December 17, 2018 at 2:12 pm
    Or move to Costa Rica where the government is so small that even with completely nationalized health care, no one complains about taxes. Why? No military to pay for. They also take pride in NOT voting along party lines and no campaign financing is allowed. As long as you get 5% of the vote, you get your fair share of the government’s election budget with is 1/2 a percent of the total budget. Voting is celebrated there with fiestas!

  30. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Did you ever take a balloon and twist it up so that it makes two similarly sized balloons separated only by the twisted up part in the middle, that prevents air flow to one side from the other? When you untwist it, it’s shaped kind of like barbell with a thick short bar connecting the two. You can squeeze some air from one side to the other while still seeing the separation but…if you squeeze too much air from one size to the other (think of those who pay taxes and those who take taxes), all of a sudden it’s one balloon again (where nobody is on the pay side).

  31. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    The military makes sure that oil only transacts in the currency known as “US dollars”, thereby guaranteeing demand and value for dollars.

  32. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Nate Foods (NHMD) down 12% today on no news.

    0.0015 dollars per share, 780,000 shares traded ($117 in total trades).

    Pumps named as new CEO.

  33. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    ^^^ I slipped a decimal point. $1,170 in total trades

  34. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Your some logic applies to the other side. If you squeeze the lower class out of almost every financial opportunity so that you can have billions, all of a sudden it’s one balloon again. Your money is now worthlesss because you pushed too much.

    The Original NJ ExPat says:
    December 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    Did you ever take a balloon and twist it up so that it makes two similarly sized balloons separated only by the twisted up part in the middle, that prevents air flow to one side from the other? When you untwist it, it’s shaped kind of like barbell with a thick short bar connecting the two. You can squeeze some air from one side to the other while still seeing the separation but…if you squeeze too much air from one size to the other (think of those who pay taxes and those who take taxes), all of a sudden it’s one balloon again (where nobody is on the pay side).

  35. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    🎃Moron🎃

  36. The Great Pumpkin says:

    For example, is “NO ONE” happy to make the after tax profits he makes? Is he still getting ahead rather quickly in comparison to most? So if the people profiting extremely from this system cheat their tax bill, the system comes one step closer to collapse and not existing. So if the govt becomes so in debt and broke, that it collapses, well there goes your money. It’s worthless without a govt that is able to get the masses to follow laws, specifically property laws. No govt collecting taxes = your money is worthless. Now the strong survive, not the smart.

    So is paying taxes really that bad when it’s there for sole purpose to protect the property and wealth of the rich? That military is not for me, it’s to protect their wealth and interests. Don’t give me that lame line that the military provides stable oil prices for me, that’s total bs.

  37. The Original NJ ExPat says:

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  38. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I’m a moron because you can’t comprend my message. Okay 👌🏻

    The Original NJ ExPat says:
    December 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    🎃Moron🎃

  39. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Social security and welfare are not for the people that receive it. It’s a payoff by the govt to keep those people from checking out of the system and rioting. Hence, protecting the system from chaos aka maintaining the wealth of the individuals on top. That’s all it is.

    Look at France. Powers that be wanted to push more of the costs of society on the lower classes, and they almost risked taking the entire system down. All of a sudden, all those taxes on the lower class were eliminated. Now why?🤔

  40. Comrade Nom Deplume, Part-Time Moron says:

    It’s “comprehend.”

  41. Comrade Nom Deplume, with ANTIFA repellent in the convenient 9mm size says:

    “Social security and welfare are not for the people that receive it. It’s a payoff by the govt to keep those people from checking out of the system and rioting.”

    Ammo is cheaper.

  42. Comrade Nom Deplume, on the side with the guns, food and energy says:

    Wanna see what happens? Voting with feet happens

    https://intltax.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fb13f518834022ad3c06793200b-pi

  43. chicagofinance says:

    No One helps not only himself, but MANY MANY others. His high value work justifies his compensation. I would argue that he probably is not being paid enough……

    The Great Pumpkin says:
    December 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    For example, is “NO ONE” happy to make the after tax profits he makes? Is he still getting ahead rather quickly in comparison to most? So if the people profiting extremely from this system cheat their tax bill, the system comes one step closer to collapse and not existing. So if the govt becomes so in debt and broke, that it collapses, well there goes your money. It’s worthless without a govt that is able to get the masses to follow laws, specifically property laws. No govt collecting taxes = your money is worthless. Now the strong survive, not the smart.

    So is paying taxes really that bad when it’s there for sole purpose to protect the property and wealth of the rich? That military is not for me, it’s to protect their wealth and interests. Don’t give me that lame line that the military provides stable oil prices for me, that’s total bs.

  44. The Great Pumpkin says:

    What about the people putting on his roof? They don’t deserve more? Unfortunately, society deemed roofers f’ed, and they end up destroying their bodies for little compensation. Is that fair? Is a roofer not high valued work?

    chicagofinance says:
    December 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    No One helps not only himself, but MANY MANY others. His high value work justifies his compensation. I would argue that he probably is not being paid enough……

  45. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Then why does the royal family in Saudi Arabia pay off the people “they serve,” I mean pay off the people below them. They give everyone in that country money, now why? It’s a tax on them, but they pay it, now why? Guns can’t protect them from the people they need to work for them…..they have to pay them off so everything runs smoothly and society doesn’t collapse and take out their wealthy position above the rest.

    Comrade Nom Deplume, with ANTIFA repellent in the convenient 9mm size says:
    December 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    “Social security and welfare are not for the people that receive it. It’s a payoff by the govt to keep those people from checking out of the system and rioting.”

    Ammo is cheaper

  46. The Great Pumpkin says:

    You don’t get it.

    They can run, but they can’t hide. If the U.S. govt collapses from their tax avoidance, it doesn’t matter where you go, your money will be worthless. The U.S continues to provide the value for all paper money. Unless you have oil, or other hard assets, consider yourself screwed. Even if you own hard assets in this scenario, good luck paying for the defense of it. People will be coming for your hard assets.

    You see, it’s in the best interest of everyone on this planet that the U.S. govt is able to exist and maintain its ability to provide stability for the monetary system and the societies that use them.

    Comrade Nom Deplume, on the side with the guns, food and energy says:
    December 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    Wanna see what happens? Voting with feet happens

    https://intltax.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fb13f518834022ad3c06793200b-pi

  47. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Prison was subsidized housing for your Dad.

    Social security and welfare are not for the people that receive it. It’s a payoff by the govt to keep those people from checking out of the system and rioting. Hence, protecting the system from chaos aka maintaining the wealth of the individuals on top. That’s all it is.

    Look at France. Powers that be wanted to push more of the costs of society on the lower classes, and they almost risked taking the entire system down. All of a sudden, all those taxes on the lower class were eliminated. Now why?🤔

  48. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    In the rush to get to class, Eliza Harkins used to forget the things she needed most: notebooks, eyeglasses, oxygen, underpants, shoes, phone charger and lunch.

    So Ms. Harkins teamed up with a classmate, Sarah Le Cam, to do something about it. They came up with a device that slips inside a bag, backpack or suitcase and keeps track of items using radio-frequency identification technology. If a wallet is not returned to the bag, the device sends a cellphone alert. If the cellphone is missing, the device beeps. enables idiots without organizational skills to stay that way.

    The women are part of a new generation of technology whizzes emerging from Cornell Tech, a graduate school on Roosevelt Island in the East River that started with just seven students in 2013. idiots.

  49. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – “You see, it’s in the best interest of everyone on this planet that the U.S. govt”

    Stop right there Pumps, just stop already, the USA is only 4.4% of the world’s population. It isn’t in their interest to keep buying our fiat currency and one day it will end.

  50. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Never underestimate the will to maintain power. Then again, we can agree that it will come to an end. No doubt about it, but when? That’s the question.

    Juice Box says:
    December 17, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    Pumps – “You see, it’s in the best interest of everyone on this planet that the U.S. govt”

    Stop right there Pumps, just stop already, the USA is only 4.4% of the world’s population. It isn’t in their interest to keep buying our fiat currency and one day it will end.

  51. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    Answer the question, how much would you declare on a tennis lesson at 18 years of age?

    Income tax is licensed theft. If I work an extra 4 hours on my own tomorrow, do you honestly think I should be mailing uncle sam a check for $100?

  52. No One says:

    Chifi, you should come visit for lunch sometime in the new year if you ever make it up to my area. My treat. There’s surely plenty to talk about.

  53. No One says:

    BRT,
    Lunch offer applies to you too. Maybe La Costaneta?

  54. leftwing says:

    Holy cow….only just popped into here now so took everything in at once.

    Unbelievable.

    Why do you people even reply? I mean, seriously. He processes at about a fourth grade level. I’m not being sarcastic. That is his cognitive level. Would you even contemplate these discussions with your 10 year old?

    Step back, relax, pet your dog, kiss your wife, and don’t look at this blog the rest of the night. Then crack it open in the morning and read it through with clear eyes. Then, your choice, weep or bang your head against the wall. Then STOP REPLYING.

    For the love of humanity, PLEASE.

  55. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    haha, maybe one of these days. 4 and 6 year olds don’t give me much free time right now. I went for the Chiles Rellenos at La Costenita along with the Pit Pork Torta. I am continually blown away.

    There’s a new Mexican joint that opened in Lawrence on 206, La Taqueria. Definitely up there on best I’ve ever had. Neither of these joints made nj.com’s top 30, and I’m glad. I hate when a place gets famous. I remember when Diners Drive Ins and Dives did White Manna in Hackensack. Tourists overtook the place for 2 years.

  56. Juice Box says:

    Fing lol -revenge package created by NASA engineer

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxhDk-hwuo&feature=youtu.be

  57. Libturd...look me up in Costa Rica says:

    Are the rellenos stuffed with that great Mexican cheese? That’s the sign of a true relleno. Just breading with a mole, a poblano and cheese.

  58. Sussexer says:

    Any recommendations for an inspecter for a house in Bergen county? I remember the uber inspector discussions before but I cannot search and find properly. Any help will be appreciated.

  59. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    Stuffed with Oaxaca cheese. The real mexican cheeses are far superior to what less traditional restaurants use, typically Jack or cheddar. Oaxaca, queso fresco, and cotija are where it’s at.

  60. Eomecon says:

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  61. Prtraders says:

    Sussexer – Peter Bennett at A Full House Inspection.

  62. Libturd...look me up in Costa Rica says:

    Yes Oaxaca. That’s the shiznit. It’s a little less gooey than Mozzarella, but has a much cleaner (less salty) flavor. When I worked in Los Angeles, our Mexican Food Truck would make them fresh (and they were huge). $3.

  63. GdBlsU45 says:

    Nj legislation now wants to mandate lgbt Ed in all schools. I guess they are going to ban biology.. it’s hate speech to them.

    And what is the deal with attaching it to disability legislation? Are lgbt a form of disability.?

  64. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I wasn’t going to post anymore because of this rude post, but I had to ask a question? How brainwashed are your kids? Do they carry the same elitist attitude as yourself? I’m sure you taught them well. Be prepared for your children to get divorced if they carry themselves in your image. No one likes to be belittled or put down by someone with their head up their a$$. Recipe for a lonely life.

    leftwing says:
    December 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm
    Holy cow….only just popped into here now so took everything in at once.

    Unbelievable.

    Why do you people even reply? I mean, seriously. He processes at about a fourth grade level. I’m not being sarcastic. That is his cognitive level. Would you even contemplate these discussions with your 10 year old?

  65. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I can’t stand people that are intelligent, but put people down for not being as intelligent as they are. Sign of a total a-hole/jackass. Only losers put down someone for their intelligence level. Sorry they were not born as perfect as you.

  66. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Lighten’ up Francis.

  67. ExEssex says:

    Mmm driving around in a gender specific wünder wagün has my sprockets sprung….

  68. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    I can’t stand people that are intelligent, but put people down for not being as intelligent as they are. Sign of a total a-hole/jackass. Only losers put down someone for their intelligence level. Sorry they were not born as perfect as you.

    There’s nothing wrong with not being as smart as the next person. There is something wrong with not being as smart as the next person while talking down to them.

  69. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Essex has lots of attachments that plug into the lighter socket.

    Mmm driving around in a gender specific wünder wagün has my sprockets sprung….

  70. RxEssex says:

    Amgen a dividend stock? Film at 11.

  71. leftwing says:

    Old white people just shouldn’t dance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-MqrZyxFU

  72. leftwing says:

    Not sure which is more repulsive….

    The dancing above

    The relationships below

    Or the hypocrisy of those throwing the crazy orange one under the bus for what is no more than the SOP of the Clintons

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/18/954952-clintons-ambanis-rich-1percent/

  73. The Great Pumpkin says:

    The return of volatility was long heralded as key to a rebound in hedge fund performance. Yet the recent wild swings in stocks aren’t helping Druckenmiller because they haven’t been accompanied by any discernible trends. And after four decades in the financial markets, he said he’s never seen an environment in which changes of direction have been so extreme.

    “Volatility is only good if it’s part of the trend and it’s giving you entry points within a trend,” he said. “When you’re going up and down, but there’s no real trend, that’s a nightmare. You might think that a volatility move is the beginning of a trend and get yourself whipsawed.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-18/druckenmiller-says-algos-are-robbing-markets-of-trade-signals?srnd=premium

  74. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Yeah, definitely not your crowd.

    The Great Pumpkin says:

    December 18, 2018 at 11:03 am
    I can’t stand people that are intelligent

  75. 3b says:

    Pumps it shows parts of nj closest to nyc and urban are doing quite well as in real estate prices whether that continues or not is another question of course! It says nothing of course about the dul barren hinterland of Wayne. My apologies to Grim of course!

  76. 3b says:

    Any recommendations for a cheap but good laptop home use, internet surfing and printing pictures. Looking to spend 200 to 300 bucks. Thanks.

  77. Libturd...look me up in Costa Rica says:

    Find the cheapest Lenovo Yoga that’s as powerful as your budget will allow. Most laptops today are completely disposable. I’ve had fantastic luck with Lenovo. The Y40-Y80 is the best bang for the buck ever. They sometimes offer crazy coupon code deals especially on refurbs (most of which are simply returns due to someone changing their mind).

  78. Libturd...look me up in Costa Rica says:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Y40-80-14in-500GB-Intel-Core-i7-5th-Gen-8GB-RAM-Notebook-Laptop/352542942913?epid=219530555&hash=item52153266c1:g:ZB0AAOSwTc5b~FMp:rk:1:pf:0

    This is what I’m talking about. Bullet proof model. Great screen. Pretty powerful.

    Nothing you buy new for $300 will be fast or will you avoid it going obsolete in months.

  79. 3b says:

    Thanks Stu. Appreciate it. How much up in price do I need to go if I buy new new, 400,500? Does the model you refrence come new?

  80. Libturd, can't say I didn't warn you. says:

    Truth be known 3B, wait until just after Xmas. You could probably buy new for about $500. Wait for the Legion Y530 to come down.

  81. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    Libturd,

    I’d avoid Lenovo like the plague. My wife wanted one because she likes the little tab mouse on the keyboard. I bought 3 different models and had to return each one. The computers were essentially nonfunctional. They would all lock up, despite the fact that not a single thing would run on them.

    I’ve loved them in the past but 3 in a row…something’s wrong with the company. I’m going to buy a new Surface soon.

  82. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    I meant despite the fact that we installed not a single program outside of firefox.

  83. Bystander says:

    I got a new Lenovo Thinkpad for $300 about 2.5 years ago with 500 GB solid state, 8GB RAM and Windows 7 Pro. Love it. My laptops only last 3 years with my 4 and 2 year olds adding to the general drops and damage. I never spend more than $350. I would avoid Acer or HP at that price point. You will sacrifice graphics and quality wireless card at that price but no big deal. Just get solid state drive and upgradeable ram.

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