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by laura northrup

When phone carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile are happy to rent phones to customers, and Apple is the one phone manufacturer with its own network of stores to sell phones directly to consumers, what’s there to stop Apple from just leasing phones to...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Jailbreaking your Apple device, or using illicitly obtained software to customize it in ways that Apple never intended and install unauthorized apps, is something that most users thought was against the rules but innocent, even if it does void your Apple...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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After months of speculation, testing, and fretting over egg shortages, the day is finally here: McDonald’s franchisees have cast their votes, and all-day breakfast is going nationwide. Maybe they’ll use up those margarine stashes more quickly than...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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You may remember that this past spring, Walmart abruptly closed five stores in four different states to repair mysterious plumbing problems, leaving employees to find new jobs or maybe transfer to other nearby Walmarts. The closing was only ever meant...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Harris Faulkner, an anchor on the Fox News cable network, is a human and has been on TV for decades. Yet the toy company Hasbro sells a tiny plastic hamster as part of its Littlest Pet Shop line which is named Harris Faulkner. How did the hamster get...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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The electronics retailer RadioShack had been obviously doomed for a while, finally declaring bankruptcy in February of 2015. Yet lenders kept giving the company money to keep the lights on and keep paying employees to ask for phone numbers and buy extended...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Can a financial incentive make people change their driving habits? One police department in Pennsylvania is taking a slightly passive-aggressive approach to preventing accidents with signs that remind motorists how stop signs work. “Complete Stops:...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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While class action lawsuits can be an effective consumer remedy, they are not a quick one. Former drivers for ride-hailing service Uber first filed a class action on behalf of all California drivers in 2013, and it has just now been certified as a class...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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In most of the country, pharmacies can offer rewards points, coupons, or other inducements to get you to switch prescriptions to them. Not only is this illegal in certain states, it’s also illegal to offer these incentives to customers with health...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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What are mailboxes? What are they used for, and what should they be used for? In the delivery biz now, companies are wondering what goes in our mailboxes, what a mailbox should be, and who should be allowed to have access to them. Now, only you and your...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Time to check your frozen vegetable stash: bags of frozen corn sold as store private-label brands that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes have been recalled by the company that packaged it. Some of the corn was distributed to Save-A-Lot...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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You may remember that back in 2013, an eBay seller filed a lawsuit against a customer who left him accurate negative feedback, claiming that he hadn’t actually read his own suit when the company’s actions led to Internet backlash. Now the case has...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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How do you catch someone who you think is stealing your map data? Just put locations on the map that don’t exist, and then look for those locations to show up on the alleged thief’s maps. That’s what traffic-alerting app PhantomAlert did when it...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Soft drink companies have an important message to get across to the public: their products can be part of a healthy lifestyle when used occasionally, and when you burn off that Mountain Dew with regular exercise. They’ve even been nice enough to fund...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of CVS removing tobacco products from its pharmacies. How’s that working out for them? The company reports that sales of non-drug items were down slightly in the last year, but tobacco isn’t a very profitable...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Americans’ shopping habits have changed somewhat over the last few decades, but that’s not necessarily because of e-commerce. Two economists at the University of Chicago argue that the rise of warehouse clubs is what has really changed Americans’...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Earlier this summer, GameStop acquired ThinkGeek in a $140 million transaction that observers thought might put great geeky collectibles inside GameStop stores. While the two companies have done that, there’s another phase to their plan: later this...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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