Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Dec 19 2014

T-Mobile Settles Cramming Case; To Repay $90-mil

The same week that Sprint got sued by the CFPB, T-Mobile decided to settle a similar suit by the FTC alleging that the company profited from allowing third party billing of junk services to customers’ cell bills. Here’s the story.

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Dec 19 2014

Hellmann’s Drops Lawsuit Against “Just Mayo”

Unilever, the maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, had sued a small company whose product “Just Mayo” rubbed it the wrong way because it did not meet the definition of mayonnaise — because it did not have eggs as an ingredient. But now, almost inexplicably, they dropped the lawsuit. Here’s the story.

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Dec 18 2014

Soon on the Menu: Calories in Alcoholic Drinks

Under FDA rules going into effect next November, not only will restaurants have to disclose the calorie count in the meals, they will also have to disclose it for beverages, including alcoholic ones. Here’s the story.

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Dec 17 2014

Your Next Loan Shouldn’t Be From a Bank

Banks can be stingy with loan money nowadays, but some companies are doling out cash for practically anything you want. Here’s the story.

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Dec 16 2014

Two Hottest Cell Phones of the Holiday

Cell phones are some of the hottest holiday items this season, but we wanted to know which specific models are being snatched up most by customers. We checked with all four major carriers and two phones stood out from the rest. Here’s the story.

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Dec 16 2014

Layaway Angels Spread Their Generosity

It happened again on Monday. A “layaway angel” in Pennsylvania gave $50,000 to Walmart too payoff 100 accounts of consumers who had put away toys and electronics. Here’s the story.

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Dec 15 2014

Deconstructing the Price Tag

saleA new Harvard Business School study reveals that sellers who reveal their costs can actually charge more for their goods. Here’s the story.

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Dec 11 2014

How Safe Are Budgeting Sites Like Mint and PowerWallet?

It’s nearly resolution time, when many will turn to online budgeting sites Mint and PowerWallet to help them track expenses. But these sites require you to enter your most personal financial information, including bank user names and passwords. Can they be trusted? Here’s the story. 

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Dec 11 2014

Buy Now, Pay Later Has a Dark Side

From Herb Weisbaum, NBCNews.com:

The ads for 0% financing look so enticing. But there is a dark side: miss one payment or fail to pay off the entire debt by the end of the free period, and you could be socked with 22-29% interest retroactive to the day of purchase! Here’s the story.

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Dec 11 2014

Amazon to Refund Unused Prime Memberships in IA

The AG’s office in Iowa brought a case against Amazon alleging that they induced consumers to sign up for Amazon Prime trial accounts, and then charged them $99, without the customers really understanding what they were signing up for. To bolster its contention, the IA-AG demonstrated that 1000 people were charged the $99 but never used the benefit. Here’s the story.

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Dec 11 2014

Your Old, Original iPod Could be Worth $400!

From John Matarese, WCPO-TV”

Check your junk drawer. The big, clunky original iPod could be worth four times its original value on eBay. Some are going for around $400. Here’s the story.

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Dec 11 2014

‘Tis the season… for mystery shopping scams

We could all use a little extra cash during the holidays, and scammers are taking advantage by offering fake “mystery shopper” jobs. Mystery shopping is for real, but hucksters use it as a lure to get money from unsuspecting victims.

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Dec 10 2014

In Debt Forever

empty pocketsA new survey reveals that one in five Americans believes they will be in debt forever. This is twice the number with that sentiment in early 2013. Here’s the story.

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Dec 10 2014

Survey: The Worst Airline Passengers

The seat kicker. Inattentive parents. Smelly people. Those are the top three types of airline passengers that their fellow travelers hate the most. Here’s the story.

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Dec 10 2014

Your Product Review May Become an Ad

A new marketing service is snagging positive comments and reviews written by real people or professional reviewers and converting their words into banner ads as a new selling tool for companies. Here’s the story.

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