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by laura northrup

We’ve been cataloging the spread of Christmas Creep, the debut of Christmas merchandise and decorations earlier in the season, for some years now, but it’s important to remember that aggressive Christmas marketing before Thanksgiving and even before...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Earlier this week, we learned that Sears Holdings Corporation is borrowing $400 million to pay its bills from a hedge fund owned by its own CEO. Yet experts look at this transaction from the outside and wonder: what does it tell us that the company’s...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Rob bought a TV from Groupon Goods, and found himself in a weird dilemma where Groupon promised that his new TV would have a manufacturer’s warranty. He had no reason not to believe them until something actually went wrong with the TV. Samsung told...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Remember the massive outbreak of salmonella in peanut butter? No, not the one earlier this year, or the one in 2012, or the one in 2007. We mean the one in 2008, where peanut butter shipped from the Peanut Corporation of America was linked to more than...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Microbeads are little plastic beads that appear in face washes, toothpastes, and other personal-care items. They aren’t so beautiful for America’s waterways, where the tiny beads could end up in the stomachs of the fish and fowl we like to gaze at...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, September 19, 2014
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It’s easy to seek out and mock infomercial products that solve a need that consumers never knew they had. What jerks like us may not realize, though, is that behind every silly direct-response ad are the hopes of thousands of people. In one case, the...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, September 19, 2014
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If your household still receives a daily or Sunday newspaper, take pity on your neighborhood’s paper carrier. It’s hard work to haul the ad-stuffed Thanksgiving editions of the paper to subscribers’ doorsteps. Still, that probably isn’t what...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Well, it’s been about four hours since we posted an automotive recall, so apparently it’s time again. Today, Toyota announced that it is recalling 20,000 cars with 2GR-FE engines, which include the 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Highlander and Sienna,...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Last week, we shared a reader’s story of trade-in woe from his experience trying to sell his old phone to the site CashForiPhones.com. The site also buys other electronics, like portable computers and mobile phones not made by Apple. Reader James reports...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Sears is expanding the number of in-person services that they offer to customers who are horrified at the prospect of walking into a Sears. Now you can perform in-person returns and exchanges at your local store, but without getting out of your car....
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The terrorist group ISIS (or ISIL) is in the headlines on a daily basis, and the group uses films and displays of their captives’ and opponents’ heads and bodies as a potent weapon. How potent? Complaints from guests led the theme park Busch Gardens...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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