Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Nov 24 2014

Men are Bigger Impulse Buyers

A survey by creditcards.com reveals that 75% of both men and women have made impulse purchases. But it is men who are three times more likely to spend over $1000 on a whim. Here’s the story.

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Nov 21 2014

Beware that $100 Bill on Your Windshield

From the “what will they think of next department” … Scammers are placing $100 bills on some cars in shopping center parking lots in the hopes you will jump out upon noticing it, thus giving them a chance to steal your car. Here’s the story.

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Nov 20 2014

ID Theft Takes Emotional Toll on Victims

From Herb Weisbaum, NBCNews.com:

A new report highlights the many emotional and behavioral effects of identity theft and how they can continue for years after the initial crime. One woman said it would have been less draining on them emotionally had their house burned down. Here’s the story.

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Nov 20 2014

Smart Baby Monitors Don’t Protect Against SIDS

New baby monitors have sensors that you put on the baby. But, according to a commentary by a pediatric expert, these new devices should not be relied upon to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Here’s the story.

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Nov 20 2014

How They Make Fast Food Look So Good

Ever wonder why the burger you get at your local drive-through looks nothing like the ones on TV?  We took our cameras to a food photographer and stylist so they could show us how they do it. Here’s the story.

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Nov 19 2014

Shoppers Boycotting Black Friday?

A new study just revealed that only 28% of those polled will be shopping in stores on Black Friday. And curiously, it is millenials who are the most likely to do it. Here’s the story.

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Nov 19 2014

Rice is Nice Except When It Contains Arsenic

Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic. Here’s the story.

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Nov 19 2014

Do Women Pay More?

New York City and California have laws about charging men and women the same prices for services. Now France is looking at whether women pay more there for haircuts, dry cleaning, etc. Here’s the story.

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Nov 18 2014

Low Credit Scores Correlates with Heart Attack Risk

From Bob Sullivan, BobSullivan.net:

A new study from Duke University found a link between low credit scores and the odds that a person will suffer a heart attack or stroke. Here’s the story.

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Nov 14 2014

7 Secret Tactics Warehouse Stores Don’t Want You To Know

Ever stopped at Costco for milk, oranges and canned goods and walked out with a trampoline? You need to know warehouse store tricks of the trade. Read about them here

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Nov 13 2014

FTC + FL-AG Stop Robocaller of Medical Alert Devices

Seniors across the country have been getting automated robocalls pitching a supposedly free medical alert device. Those who signed up got unexpected charges. The company in question has now been shut down. Here’s the story.

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Nov 13 2014

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Up Slightly

Good news… the price of a turkey dinner for 10 people has gone up by only 56 cents since last year. Some individual components did go up, however. Here’s the story.

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Nov 12 2014

Reputable Sources of Free Credit Scores

From Herb Weisbaum, NBCNews.com:

There are a lot of scammy sites on the Internet that purport to offer free credit scores. But, only a handful are legitimate. Here are those reliable sources.

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Nov 12 2014

Americans’ Attitudes about Privacy Revealed

The Pew Research Internet Project just released a study of our attitudes about privacy. They tend to associate privacy with security, safety, and keeping things secret. Here is more from the study.

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Nov 11 2014

Avis Charged Her $6000 for Stolen Rental Car

From Curtis Ming, KVOR-TV:

When this California consumer had her rental stolen from right in front of her house, rather than getting sympathy from Avis, her debit card was charged almost $6,000. And she had bought a protection policy from Avis. Here’s what happened.

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