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    The Daily Money: New car prices aren't letting up

    By Betty Lin-Fisher, USA TODAY,

    25 days ago

    Good morning and Happy Friday! This is Betty Lin-Fisher with Friday's consumer-focused The Daily Money.

    Are you in the market for a new car?

    The good news: Inventories are at a four-year high.

    The bad news: Prices are also still high.

    Find out why new car prices are still inflated and what cars may be good buys in a story by my colleagues Medora Lee and Bailey Schulz.

    Amazon to replace air pillows

    In an eco-friendly move, Amazon has announced that it will be ditching plastic air pillows in packaging for a more environmentally conscious material.

    The online retailer said it would begin a multi-year process to remove air pillows from its fulfillment centers. They will be replaced by recycled paper.

    The move will reduce Amazon's eco footprint. In 2020, Amazon generated 599 million pounds of plastic packaging waste, an increase of about 20% from 2019, according to Oceana, an advocacy group dedicated to ocean conservation that reported arriving at that figure after analyzing e-commerce packaging data.

    Find out more about Amazon's plans.

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    About The Daily Money

    Each weekday, The Daily Money delivers the best consumer and financial news from USA TODAY, breaking down complex events, providing the TLDR version, and explaining how everything from Fed rate changes to bankruptcies impacts you.

    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The Daily Money: New car prices aren't letting up

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