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Best New Gizmos from the Consumer Electronics Show

ideas The annual Las Vegas gadget-fest wrapped up last week with a peek into the future of electronics. Here are various publications' opinions of the best new gizmos: (1) Engadget, (2) Mashable, (3) c|net, (4) PC Magazine, and (5) Wired.

Best and Worst Deals at Home Depot

Home Depot We tend to think that Home Depot is cheap compared to your neighborhood hardware store. According to GoBankingRates, it depends on what you buy. Some Home Depot deals are great, but others... not so much.

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The Great Olive Oil Scam

Last week, 60 Minutes ran a piece saying that 75-80% of the extra virgin olive oil sold in the U.S. was misrepresented. It might not have been from the first pressing of the olives, or it may have been cut with cheaper oils. They declined to mention brand names, however. And some lawsuits have been filed against some of the biggest names: Filippo Berio, Bertolli, and Carapelli.

Macy's, Bloomies Sued Over Phony Discounts

price tag Huge discounts attract shoppers, and retailers know it. But when those discounts are based on inflated regular prices, the consumer is deceived, as we have pointed out before. Now Macy's and Bloomingdale's join the ranks of Kohl's, J.C. Penney, and T.J. Maxx being sued for deceptive pricing practices. Here is an overview of the problem.


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Mouse Print* -- Can't I Just Buy One?

mouse print More and more, supermarkets and drug stores are advertising prices like "3 for $10," but unlike past practice, they force you (in the fine print) to buy all three to get the sale price. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.


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Bargain of the Week

5-Ream Case of Paper - $1 w/Coupon and After EasyRebate

Until the 16th, you can get a five ream case of Staples multipurpose paper for only $1 with this coupon and after EasyRebate at Staples stores (only). Limit one. You'll pay about $21 in-store before card rebate. Warning: One reader notified us that the paper is scanning at $29.99, and the coupon subtracts only $4.99. Since the rebate is only $20, it appears that people may be overcharged by $4. Complain at the register pending a correction from headquarters.

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Buying Guide for Treadmills

If you are in the market for a new treadmill to help get off those holiday pounds, Consumer Reports offers this buying guide of what to look for.


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