May 01, 1999
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts May 1999 Current Issue
May 1999

Give and take. People who shop online now can help worthy causes at the same time. When browsers buy from (, 5 percent of the purchase goes to the buyer’s choice of organizations that include the Special Olympics and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Among participating retailers are, Swiss Army Depot, Virtual Vineyards, and 1-800-FLOWERS.

For rent. For those moving to a new city or taking a temporary job, Rent.Net ( , has apartment and short-term housing listings from around the country, a comparison-shopping feature and information on movers, insurance and storage.

Housing authority. MeetUP ( is a free, do-it-yourself site where meeting planners can modify or monitor housing details and attendees can register and make room reservations. At the site, click on “Info” to get started. Delegates who use the service pay a negotiable transaction fee of $4 to $9.


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