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Questions about people/lifestyle of USA
I don't know whom to ask - so here it is!
vibgyor79




msg:304063
 8:11 pm on Jan 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Having been fed on a fair dose of American culture thanks to Hollywood, TV shows, Archie Comics and now recently - the internet, I am more confused than ever.

I have a few questions on people/laws/lifestyle of USA. These questions have always been in my mind but I never knew whom to ask!
So, everybody, pick a question you like -

1) Why is everybody so crazy about catalogs? Aren't they a bunch of merchants trying to sell you stuff with the help of glitzy shiny printed matter?

2) Is gambling illegal in the US? Why are online casinos based outside USA [webmasterworld.com] even when we have Las Vegas choking with casinos?

3) What are food stamps? I think I read about them in Archie Comics a long time back. Do you get them in groceries? What do you do with them?

4) I hear that most US roads have a speed limit of 70 mph. Why do people buy exotic 200 mph Ferraris and Porsches?

5) Somebody in this forum mentioned that he pays 50 percent of what he earns to the government. Whaaat? Come again? 50 percent taxes?

I am really serious about this - I need answers, and I have no way of finding out - Google is no help either!

 

nutsandbolts




msg:304123
 12:12 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

You should travel to the Curry Mile in Manchester, England - lots of fantastic curry houses there! Personally, I can only eat the ultra-mild Chicken Korma.

please, don't laugh.

Moving to the states myself soon(ish)... just so I can buy that lovely Biltmore Chardonnay wine ;)

Trisha




msg:304124
 9:10 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a couple of questions about India too!

1)I've heard that people in India learn English at school, and so they tend to know it pretty well. Is this so? Most Indians I've known do, but maybe they're exceptions.

2)If you are in India and know English pretty well, what online bookstore(s) would you most likely buy a book from? Is there an India based one? Is Australia too far away for shipping costs?

I ask these questions because for a type B site I'm working on, it's not likely that I'll be able to have it translated into any other languages in the near future. So I want to reach as much of the English speaking market as possible and it occured to me that many people in India know English pretty well (I think). The topic of the site is somewhat technical (non-computer technical), so I hoping that some people in India may be interested in buying books related to the topic, but wouldn't want to pay the shipping costs from some place far away.

Sorry if I've gotten this a little off topic, I've been curious about this for a while.

gopi




msg:304125
 10:00 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)


I've heard that people in India learn English at school, and so they tend to know it pretty well. Is this so? Most Indians I've known do, but maybe they're exceptions.

Not neccasarily all indians...Indians who learned english just as another subject can understand and read english but cannot speak that fluently. This is like students in texas/florida learn spanish as a subject but that dont make them fluent spanish speakers :)

But indians ( Translation: Middle/Upper class indians ) who went to english medium schools/convents usually speak very good english.But even with this creteria i read somewhere that india is the second largest english speaking country in the world :)


If you are in India and know English pretty well, what online bookstore(s) would you most likely buy a book from? Is there an India based one? Is Australia too far away for shipping costs?

Forget about selling stuff to indians from australia...that simply won't work...even some local ecommerce ventures failed. Indians love to go to the neigbourhood store , negotiate and buy :) ....The only ecommerce indian market alive is targetted towards NRI's (Non resident indians - indians living abroad)

weisinator




msg:304126
 10:23 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Indians love to go to the neigbourhood store , negotiate and buy

Americans don't have this option. We have Wal-Mart.

Trisha




msg:304127
 10:35 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

gopi - thanks for replying! But, darn! I had hoped that there would be an online bookstore in India with an affiliate program, or at least some site online where Indians would buy from.

gopi




msg:304128
 2:21 am on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Trisha , I didnt said there are no indian online shopping sites...There are many many ...I simply said they are not popular as on west and have very minimal effect (if any) in the shopping behaviour of indians...

Here are some sites .. <mods , pls remove the links if you find it violating the TOS >

[fabmall.com...]
[namaste.com...] - Targetting Indians abroad
[baazee.com...]
[sifymall.com...]
[sareeonline.com...]

vibgyor79




msg:304129
 2:54 am on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Answering your questions Trisha -

1) Ga Goo Goo Ga Gee

Translation: Indian kids' English skills are limited to these words. However, MOST schools in cities do teach English when you are three years old

2) FirstAndSecond.com is the most popular Indian online bookstore

Actually there are numerous online bookstores. A Google search [google.com] throws up interesting results.

Not sure about shipping to Australia though. As Gopi said, not too many of us buy books online. We like to browse through books, smell the paper, haggle and bargain over a few cents and then buy 'em :)

werty




msg:304130
 10:29 pm on Feb 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

1) we like to destroy trees. i guess it also keeps the post office in business. not everyone has computers. we are lazy and like to not leave our houses.

2) here in illinois it is only legal on the water. most of the major river cities have them here. chicago is rumored to get a casino downtown. indiana has riverboat casinos as well. wisconsin has indian reservation casinos. i guess bingo is not considered gambling. they have that many places. same with off track betting and horse/dog tracks

3) here in illinois we got rid of food stamps and have an I-card. it is a credit card that people can use to buy only food items, and only certain food items, mainly groceries(you cannot get precooked deli foods). the reason they got rid of the food stamps were that people could still trade these for cash to other people. anyone who pays taxes ends up paying for "food stamps". if you make less than 900 a month and meet the required work standards you qualify for up to $130 a month in free food. If you have children you get an extra ammount per person.

4)in illinois the speed limit is 55 in residential areas and 65 in rural. most people drive 10-15 mph faster. if i had a car that went 200mph i would top it off at least once.

5) I think this depends on your income, and how good(crooked) your accountant is. I pay about 25% of my pay checks to state, federal and social security. Chicago sales tax is 8.25%. When i buy booze that has even more tax on it.

Trisha




msg:304131
 7:51 pm on Feb 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Sorry I misunderstood gopi. Thanks for the links though, from both gopi and vibgyor79!

1milehgh80210




msg:304132
 11:53 am on Feb 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Heard somewhere that us citizens average 49% paid in taxes overall.There are hidden taxes people forget about, just look @ as phone or utility bill. Sometimes tax is piled upon tax.

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