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by laura northrup

As gift cards go, Amazon gift cards are pretty flexible: they’re available in any amount and can be used for a wide variety of merchandise. You can even use them to buy imaginary cars. At least, that’s what happened to a Michigan man who thought...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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It sounds like something out of a horror movie…if mobile phones watched horror movies. A certain string of Arabic characters, when sent to an iPhone, can crash the device and force it to restart immediately. It’s a hilarious prank, but also a nasty...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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You may remember that the Internal Revenue Service announced late yesterday that about 100,000 taxpayers’ personal information was breached when thieves armed with their personal information were able to log in to the IRS transcript system and extract...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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I was recently alarmed to see a modest-sized house in my neighborhood demolished to make way for a much larger residence that straddles two lots. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that house knocked down: it was a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Few people are very amiable before breakfast, but things got really out of hand this week at a hotel in Michigan. A brawl of Chuck E. Cheese proportions broke out during breakfast at a hotel in Pere Marquette Township, Michigan. Two women began an argument...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Here in the Northeast, people who are allergic to pollen are having a harsh spring. They should take comfort, though, that there isn’t a corresponding shortage of allergy medicines, as there apparently was five years ago. Drug companies have learned...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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A tax transcript is a document from the IRS that shows key information from tax returns that you’ve already filed, or changes to what you and the government owe each other that may have been made after the return was filed. You can normally order them...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Target’s collections of downscale versions of products from big-name designers are hot sellers, and the quick disappearance of this year’s Lilly Pulitzer collection from its physical and virtual shelves followed the pattern. A month after that, people...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Drought conditions in some parts of the country have people distressing jeans with ozone and painting their lawns green. Yet one industry keeps guzzling water and attracting the ire of the lawn-painting public: water-bottling operations. In practical...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Bulk buying is good. When you buy multiple food pouches that come in a single box, for example, it makes life easier for cashiers and maybe for you when you unload your groceries. That’s what Jared thought when he went to buy some baby food pouches...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Last year, we began to question reality when we learned that Burger King was offering hot dogs and hamburgers for breakfast. We came to accept this over time: after all, what makes a valid breakfast varies by culture and from one person to another. Yet...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Last week, we shared the mildly disturbing news that four different people in three states had found a particular species of potentially toxic beetle in their organic salads. Those were just the people who found their way to a bug-identification community...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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It turns out that fleeing to Canada won’t keep you safe from the Salad Beetle Scourge. You may remember the Iron Cross Blister Beetles turning up in organic salads and pakages of leafy greens across the United States. We learned today of three more...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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We’ve covered in the past Uber’s problems with the ride-hailing service’s disabled passengers, which range from ride snubs to service dogs forced to ride in the trunk. It’s worth keeping that in mind when you learn about Uber’s latest change...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Pizza Huts are distinctive buildings. They’re so distinctive that there’s really nothing else like a Pizza Hut in the chain restaurant landscape. They have steep mansard roofs, brick exterior walls, and trapezoidal windows, and it takes significant...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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The AK-47 is many things, but it is definitely not a small and discreet weapon. That’s why it’s not surprising that a man in Florida was arrested after trying to shove one of the assault rifles down his pants in a pawn shop, evidently thinking that...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Jill noticed that there were two different designs of Dawn dish detergent on the shelf. As a savvy consumer, she knew that sometimes a redesign can mask a strike from the Grocery Shrink Ray. Indeed, the new bottles contained two fewer ounces of detergent,...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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