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by laura northrup

While your local utility could call you up and demand immediate instant payment using a prepaid debit card before shutting off your natural gas and power, they will never actually do that. The owner of the Squeeze Inn, a fantastically-named restaurant...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Despite Amazon advertising the device on every doorstep and dropping the price under a buck, the company’s Fire Phone, companion smartphone to its line of tablets and TV streaming devices, failed to catch on with the public. Maybe it was the AT&T...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, October 24, 2014
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As the beginning of Black Friday and thus the holiday shopping season has crept backwards into the early hours of Thanksgiving, we at Consumerist have taken a cantankerous stance against these early openings. Even we can take heart, though: a few businesses...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, October 24, 2014
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High-efficiency washing machines, which use less water to clean your clothes, are an advance that most customers seem to like. Do you know who doesn’t like them, though? Detergent manufacturers. With traditional machines, consumers can dump any old...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Sears Holdings wants you to know that the rumors of planned store closings by the end of this year are wrong. After a report earlier today put together information from local media reports about which Sears, Sears Auto, and Kmart locations are currently...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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It’s October 23rd: do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween? How about your kids? If your answer is “no,” don’t worry. Most people don’t really plan ahead for this holiday, but do you know who does? Costume shop owners. They have...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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There’s no such thing as free shipping. What looks like free shipping from a shopper’s perspective is only subsidized shipping, and those subsidies come from shoppers. They could come in the form of higher prices, or higher spending thresholds to...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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UPS drivers who have been on the road for 25 years or more with zero accidents get a special arm patch and are named to the company’s “Circle of Honor.” One of the company’s minority of female drivers reached an even more impressive milestone,...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Red velvet, a type of cake flavored with chocolate and red food coloring, is very popular for some reason. With Oreo introducing novelty flavors for what seems like every holiday and season, the idea of red velvet cookies for Valentine’s Day isn’t...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart, needs to lose less money. Their current plan includes closing underperforming stores, renting out vacant space, and borrowing money from its manifesto-writing CEO. These are all very sensible things...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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When perishable items are close to their sell-by dates, retailers mark them down to get them off the shelves faster. When this happens, everyone wins: customers get cheaper meat, and the store still makes money from the product. That’s how this is...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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