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by laura northrup

When you respond to an ad promising untold wealth if you start an at-home business, someone in a call center will contact you and try to extract your credit or debit card number. There needs to be a credit card processing company involved to run that...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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IRS phone scams, where the perpetrators call up victims and demand that overdue taxes that they don’t owe be paid by prepaid debit cards, are cruel schemes that vacuum millions of dollars out of the pockets of people who don’t know any better. The...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Early on Sunday morning, a 62-year-old man piled DVDs worth $380.74 in a shopping cart at a Florida Walmart and headed for the door. When he couldn’t produce a receipt for the greeter, he ran out the door, and employees followed him. He collapsed and...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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You won’t see it plastered on a sign behind the customer service counter, but here’s some useful information for shoppers: you can return items that you purchased at Nordstrom Rack to a regular Nordstrom store, and the transaction works the other...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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When shopping for a used car, buying from a private party in your real-life social network or who you found through an ad is cheaper than going through a dealership, but has some dangers that you may not think to look out for. There are small-time dealers...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, February 11, 2016
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When you receive a new credit or debit card in the mail, it usually arrives in need of activation. You have to call a number and verify some information: sure, no information that a determined identity thief wouldn’t already have, but at least it stops...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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While there are many Internet-savvy police departments out there, one thing that the world’s cops have not yet learned how to do is receive reports of car crashes and other catastrophes through Facebook posts. That’s why the Iowa State University...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Starbucks introduced a new lineup of seasonal drinks this week, which are chocolate-flavored for Valentine’s Day. Sounds romantic. Yet reader Kelly noticed something when reading a news article about them: the drinks were described as containing “chocolatey...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Hot dogs aren’t currently part of the fast-food menu at major chains, though you can get them at smaller chains like DQ and Sonic. Both Burger King and McDonald’s have experimented with them in the past, and we’ve heard that Burger King has been...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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You might not realize it when looking at our coverage, but we aren’t cheering for Kmart and Sears, the stores of Sears Holdings, to go out of business. The company’s continued survival is impressive, and sort of a surprise, but one stock analyst...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Back in 2013, food service giant Sysco proposed a purchase of another foodservice giant, US Foods. After a lengthy engagement, Sysco ultimately dropped the attempted merger, which the Federal Trade Commission wasn’t keen on. Instead of being acquired...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Do you recognize Burberry’s distinctive plaid on sight? The British company assumes that most clothing shoppers do, and has filed a lawsuit against JCPenney for using a similar plaid in scarves and coats that it has sold recently. The most notable...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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A few years ago, Amazon made a prediction that came true: shoppers were about to use Amazon more for commerce across oceans and borders, ordering easily from all over the world. Yet experts at Amazon must have been wondering how they could help international...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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The only bit of good news in the most recent financial report from Sears Holdings, parent company of Sears and Kmart, is that the sibling stores had better sales during the holiday season than last year, and not just because they kicked off Christmas...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Call us cynical, but we’re pretty sure that Burger King’s new Grilled Dogs training videos were never intended as an “internal use only” tool to train employees on how to top and sell the chain’s new grilled hot dogs. The company claims that...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, February 12, 2016
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