Receipts Get Political

Receipts are often annoying, but they can be a powerful force in the world. They are important records of our daily lives, and they play a role in many parts of our lives, including politics.

Apparently, to drive the point home about gas prices to Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a Cincinnati Congressman hand-delivered some of his constituents’ gas receipts to her on the House floor.

Cincinnati Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) gave dozens of gas receipts from Cincinnati drivers to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Todd Lindgren, a spokesperson for Chabot said the Congressman has been looking for the Speaker for a couple of days.  He spotted her on the House floor Thursday and hand delivered the receipts and a letter.

Last week, Chabot started asking constituents to send him copies of gas receipts.  Lindgren said Chabot is trying to get Pelosi to act on any legislation that will reduce gas prices.

Want proof of what you’re paying? Look at your receipts. Want permanent receipts? Scan them in and store them at Shoeboxed.

Apple Receipts: Never Lose Them

If we’ve learned anything since we started this thing a couple of years ago, it’s that receipts are important. And that you should keep them. Especially if you buy Apple products.

We’ve praised Apple a few times for their leadership in offering email receipts in their retail stores. Paving a way for the future, we appreciate Apple’s willingness to forgo the ubiquitous paper receipt.

But there have been many instances where Apple has proven the importance of keeping those receipts in a safe place. Back when they reduced the price of the first iPhone by $200, we blogged about Apple’s receipt-required return policy. Those with Shoeboxed accounts rejoiced, as they were reimbursed.

Last summer I went to get new headphones from Apple when my iPod earbuds stopped working. I printed out my Shoeboxed receipt and brought it in. I rejoiced, as I traded them in for free.

Now with the new iPhone coming out in only a couple of months, those who just bough the old iPhone will be eligible to exchange their old one for a snazzy 3G iPhone. Those with Shoeboxed accounts will rejoice, for they will get 3G iPhones.

Shoeboxed Certified by TRUSTe

Shoeboxed has just been certified by TrustE, the leading expert on online privacy and security. A nonprofit organization, TrustE promotes solid security practices on the Internet. After investigating our privacy policies and our practices securing your personal data, TrustE has certified Shoeboxed as a site that protects your privacy.

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Consumer and Business Advocacy

TRUSTe helps consumers and businesses identify trustworthy online organizations through its Web Privacy Seal, Email Privacy Seal and Trusted Download Programs. TRUSTe resolves thousands of individual privacy disputes every year.

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Through extensive consumer and Web site research and the support and guidance of many established companies and industry experts, TRUSTe has earned a reputation as the leader in promoting privacy policy disclosure, informed user consent, and consumer education.

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We were founded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the CommerceNet Consortium to act as an independent, unbiased trust entity. The TRUSTe privacy program – based on a branded online seal, the TRUSTe “trustmark” – bridges the gap between users’ concerns over privacy and Web sites’ needs for self-regulated information disclosure standards.

We have made a couple of small changes to our privacy in accordance with TrustE’s requirements. These strengthen our already rigorous security practices.

Shoeboxed takes your privacy seriously, and we are happy to supplement our SSL data encryption certification, Hackersafe certification against site vulnerabilities.

All of these certifications are just one part of our commitment to your privacy and security. We also undergo regular internal and external audits of our code and security and privacy policies and back up your account data every 24 hours for your protection.

We are dedicated to keeping you safe and secure. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about Shoeboxed’s privacy and security policies, please let us know at help@team.shoeboxed.com.

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