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2013 Return Policy Survey

shopping bags Consumer World's just-completed annual survey of retailers' return policies reveals that three major retail chains -- Best Buy, Sears, and Toys "R" Us -- have shortened the return window for some or all goods. But, generous holiday grace periods for these stores and others allow extra time to return goods into January. Here is the 2013 Consumer World return policy survey.

12 Most Popular Gifts

roses For you last minute shoppers, or those with gift cards after Christmas looking for things to buy, here are the most sought after items according to DealNews. These products were the ones most researched and clicked-on.

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The 12 "Oys" of Christmas

Santa The holiday season brings out both the best and worst in people, and it can also be a stressful time. Crooks don't take a vacation, however, so here are the 12 Scams of Christmas. And in the holiday stress department, here are The 12 13 Gripes of Christmas.


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Mouse Print* -- McCormick Black Pepper -- An Important Source of Antioxidants?

mouse print Every food manufacturer it seems wants to tout the health benefits of its products. But now McCormick spices is telling consumers that its (plain old) black pepper can give you a nutritional boost! What? That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Watch for After Christmas Sales

Don't wait on those long return lines the day after Christmas... scoop up the 50% off and clearance items at the many after Christmas sales. Keep in mind that stores like Target increase the discount over about 10 days. First 30% (candy)/50% almost everything else Christmas, then 70% and finally 90% by about January 5.

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Bacteria Found in 97% of Chicken Tested

Consumer Reports tested over 300 packages of chicken breasts across the country and found that an astonishing 97% of them contain bacteria that could cause illness if improperly handled or cooked.


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