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Consumer Reports' Guide to Haggling

haggling Only 16 percent of the in-store shoppers who participated in a Consumer Reports survey actually tried to negotiate when purchasing TVs, computers, cameras, wireless speakers, and other digital goods, but those who did were frequently successful. In fact, 64 percent got a price reduction. Here are some tips.

Can You Trust BBB's Ratings?

bbb A Truth in Advertising investigation has found more than a dozen instances in which a company settled deceptive advertising charges with the FTC in 2016 yet maintained an "A" rating at the BBB. What's going on?

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Best Anti-Virus Software

virus Two testing organizations have just finished evaluating anti-virus software and here are the results. Norton Security 2016 tops one list and Avira Anti-virus Pro 2016 leads the other.

5 Hidden Credit Card Perks

credit cards Some credit cards have unique benefits that you cannot find in other cards. For example, some Citi cards now extend the manufacturer's warranty by a full 24 months -- even on a 90 day warranty. Here are five other perks unique to certain cards.


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Mouse Print* -- When the Chips are Down in Fat, Are the Calories Too?

mouse print MrConsumer felt very virtuous recently when he bought a bag of Cape Cod "40% Reduced Fat" potato chips thinking he could save some calories on this otherwise indulgent treat. That was until he examined the Nutrition "Alternative?" Facts label. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.


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Bargain of the Week

2 Dozen Roses - $25

This is the first time (and probably the last) that Consumer World is mentioning a deal at Whole Foods. Until Valentine's day, they have two dozen roses for $25 (price and availability varies across the country). The stems are about 16" long. For other rose bargains, check the warehouse clubs, drug stores, and supermarkets. Note that Aldi has bunches of six roses for only $3.99!

Free Colgate Toothpaste

Until 2/19, select Colgate Total®, Colgate® Optic White®, Colgate® Enamel Health™ or Colgate® 2in1 Toothpaste (3.5-6 oz) are free at Walgreens when you print the Colgate coupon at Walgreens.com/coupons .

See also: Hot Deals

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Best Laptops Under $500

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a good laptop according to Consumer Reports. Here are four picks under $500. MrConsumer recommends you shop at both the Dell and Lenovo online outlet stores when they have an extra 25-30% off. These outlet computers tend to be refurbs, or scratch and dent models, but with better specs than most of CR's picks.

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