Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Jul 29 2014

House Passes Anti-Consumer Airfare Advertising Bill

airplaneThe House of Representatives passed the Transparent Airfares Act, a bill cleverly named to actually do just the opposite of what the name implies. It would allow airlines to strip out certain taxes and fees from airfares to give consumers the impression that airfares are lower than they actually are. Here’s the story.

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Jul 29 2014

New Cell Battery Could Last Three Days

Imagine having a cellphone that only needs to be recharged every three or four days. That is a promise of a new battery currently being tested. Here’s the story.

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Jul 28 2014

SAMSUNG CELL PHONE FIRE GOES VIRAL!

1.1-million views on YouTube and another 4 million on the station’s website-  A 13 year old girl slept through the night while her cell phone smoldered on the other side of her pillow.  The phone manufacturer points to a warning you have likely never read. Here’s the story

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Jul 25 2014

Why Corporations Pay Less Taxes than You

taxesCorporations are living the island life — or at least their shadowy shell companies are — and saving a bundle on taxes as a result. Check out the story here.

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Jul 25 2014

Beware These 9 Hotel “Gotchas”

From Bob Sullivan, BobSullivan.net:

If you are traveling this summer, there are ripoffs, scams, and sneaky fees at many hotels. From rogue hotspots, to Internet fees, to calls claiming to be from the front desk, you can’t let your consumer guard down even on vacation. Here’s the story.

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Jul 24 2014

Social Media Sites Flounder in Ratings

From Herb Weisbaum, CNBC:

You would never know it based on their popularity, but social media sites don’t rate particularly well in the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Although Facebook and LinkedIn showed improvement over last year’s ratings, they still were tied for last place among social media sites this year. Here’s the story.

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Jul 24 2014

Some ‘Made in USA’ label claims not verified

USAThe FTC found that an Ohio company licensed its Made in USA logo to any company that paid a fee – without verifying where the products were made. Read full story.

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Jul 24 2014

NO “RED TAG” MARKDOWN HERE

See red? Save green!  We’re conditioned to believe that “red tagged” merchandise is marked down.  But at WalMart their policy is to “red tag” items which simply have no other spot in the store. Yet almost every red tagged item we bought was also available on a regular retail display. So why is WalMart taking some of its current inventory, adding a red tag and putting it in a special section.  One shopper says it’s to fool you into thinking you’re getting a deal! Here’s the story.

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Jul 24 2014

Verizon Smart Rewards, and Dumb Rewards Programs You Should Skip

If you’re wondering whether you should sign up for Verizon’s new Smart Rewards program, or any of the thousands of rewards programs out there, consider the tradeoffs first.

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Jul 24 2014

Gallup Survey: We’re Being Thifty This Summer

piggybankA new survey by Gallup reveals that Americans are buying store brands, comparing prices at several stores and online before buying, using coupons, following a strict budget, and more. Here are the study results.

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Jul 24 2014

First Look at Amazon’s First Smartphone

From Jonathan Walsh, WEWS:

Consumer Reports gives us a preview of the Amazon Fire, the company’s first smartphone. It has several unique features such as the ability to identify products placed in front of it, and its screen almost looks 3-D. Here’s the story.

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Jul 23 2014

Top Grocers Around the Country Named

shopping cartA new Harris poll reveals which grocers and supermarkets around the country are top-ranked by shoppers. In the Midwest it is HyVee; in the South it is Publix; in the Northeast it is Wegmans, and in the West it is Costco. Here are the top ten lists in each region.

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Jul 22 2014

Medical Credit Cards May be Hazardous to Your Health

From Consumer Action:

credit cardSigning up for a credit card at your dentist or doctor’s office could cost you. Consumer Action found that often the financial information about the cards was incomplete or hidden. Here is the study.

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Jul 21 2014

Last Chance to File Computer Memory Claims

computerAugust first is the deadline to file a claim for a minimum refund of $10 if you bought a computer or printer between 1998 and 2002. Plaintiffs allege that manufacturers conspired to fix computer memory prices. Here is how to file a claim.

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Jul 21 2014

New Rules Would Make Tracing Bad Meat Easier

pinkslimeThe USDA is proposing that ground beef makers keep better records of the sources of meat they distribute to help retailers trace back tainted products. Here’s the story.

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