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Having calorie counts on fast-food menus will hurt Starbucks more than anyone else

A new study says that calorie counts on fast-food menus aren’t likely to push customers toward healthier options, according to Time. Why didn’t they work? Well, one theory — our favorite, easily — is that just by walking into a fast-food restaurant people have already basically given up on the idea of healthy eating, so, calorie counts, are, like, eh, whatevs.

First of all, I’m a *huge* fan of having calorie counts on menus. They had this in New York when I lived there and I found it did make a difference in what I ate.

For the general population, I agree with this post. Once you’ve entered a McDonald’s, you’ve already decided to load up on fat, salt, and calories. Nothing you read or see will make you change your mind.

But I think Starbucks has a lot to lose here. I use to walk into a Starbucks for a cup of coffee (~5 calories) and walk out with a fat-free muffin on the side. Or sometimes a mocha.

No more. Once you see the calorie counts on those guys, it’s hard to order them unless that’s what you walked in for.

I’ll take my regular coffee please, black.

Will Amazon Lose Sales Because It Collects New York Taxes?

Iwas about to order something from Amazon.com but seeing the salestax added made me hesitate. It’s no longer a mindless decision tobuy from Amazon.

Plus,if I’m buying Apple products I’m going to buy directly from Applenow since I’d rather Amazon NOT get a cut of the sale (assuming theprice to me is the same).

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/will-amazon-lose-sales-because-it-collects-new-york-taxes/