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Dan Leadbetter

Dan Leadbetter

Dan Leadbetter is a Staff Writer and Features Writer for DealNews. As a long time automotive fanatic and car audio enthusiast, Dan's favorite question is, "You're not going to leave it stock, are you?" That being said, Dan is always looking for the next great thing that'll make your car that much greater. Before coming to DealNews, Dan worked as a magazine editor and photojournalist for several monthly automotive titles for Primedia, McMullen & Yee Publishing, and Challenge Publications, as well as co-founding AutoSound & Security Magazine and Smart Electronics Magazine. An early adopter in multimedia during the mid-90's, Dan was also a writer on several interactive multimedia music CD titles, including "Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz." Dan enjoys comedy (he was a runner-up in "Showtime's Funniest Person in America Competition," Northern California division in 1982), playing drums, watching horror films, fine cigars, and Absinthe.

Dan Leadbetter's Most Recent Features

VIDEO: Do You Mind Overpaying for Music?

According to The Wall Street Journal, the average person spends about $51 on music every year. However, people who subscribe to a streaming music service pay $120. That's more than double! In this video, our experts discuss: Is "overpaying" for music is really so bad?

VIDEO: Who Uses Voicemail, Anyway?

JPMorgan has turned off voicemail service for many of their employees since so few use it, and it saves millions. In this short video, our experts discuss better ways of communicating.

VIDEO: No One Complains Anymore!

According to a recent survey, 81% of people who experienced a problem on their last shopping trip didn't complain about it! In this short video, our experts discuss how bad a store's service has to be before they'll complain.

VIDEO: Are Smart Mirrors Creepy?

More and more retailers are adding "smart mirrors" to their stores — mirrors that allow you to virtually try on other styles and patterns of the clothes you're actually trying on. As we get more and more accustomed to this miracle of modern science, retailers are thinking about adding some technology to the actual dressing rooms. Is this creepy?

VIDEO: If You Could Only Have a Smartphone or a Laptop, Which Would You Choose?

This year, for the first time ever, the Consumer Electronics Association revealed that more people own smartphones than laptops! In this short video, our experts discuss which they'd choose, if they could have only one: a smartphone or a laptop.

VIDEO: What TV Shows Should Be Rebooted?

Netflix thinks you want to see a Full House reboot! In this short video, our experts talk about what shows they'd rather have rebooted; the results are ridiculous.

VIDEO: Does the Color of Your Food Matter?

Kraft recently announced that they've figured out a way to remove the artificial yellow dyes from their classic macaroni and cheese, but still keep the nuclear orange glow! In this short video, our experts discuss how important colors are when it comes to food.

VIDEO: Lab-Grown Burgers Are Cheaper, But Still Gross?

The price of lab-grown meat has dropped from $325,000 to around $11 in just two years! In this brief video, our experts discuss if a lower price makes it more appealing, or if the whole "grown in a lab" thing is gross.

VIDEO: Should Happiness Be Mandatory for Store Employees?

Until just this week, cashiers at the pharmacy chain Walgreens were required to say "be well!" at the end of every transaction. And that's just one of many examples of corporate-mandated politeness. In this brief video, our experts discuss if they'd rather have a person be fake-pleasant, or honestly grumpy.

VIDEO: Do You Wanna Smell Like a King? (A BURGER King)

Burger King thinks you might like to smell like a Whopper. On April 1, in Japan, the company will sell a limited run of 1,000 bottles of a cologne called "Flame Grilled" for $40 a pop. In this video, our experts discuss if smelling like food is desirable... or gross.