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Annual Apple Upgraders: You May be Entitled to an AppleCare Refund!

Apple Care If you are one of those people who always has to have the latest and greatest iPhone every year (or Apple computer, for that matter), you may be entitled to a prorated refund of the amount you paid for AppleCare. (AppleCare is an extended warranty and service plan.)

Should You Buy or Lease Your Smartphone?

smartphone Many cell companies are now inconspicuously disclosing that the $600 smartphone you are walking out of the store with is not actually a purchase, but rather a lease. Here are the pros and cons of leasing vs. buying.

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7 Times When Cheaper Isn't Better

sale Some bargains are no deal. Did you ever buy a can of cheap paint and learn the hard way that it just won't cover in one coat? Here are some more things where you could be pennywise and pound foolish.



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Mouse Print* -- Lime-A-Way: Money Back (Not) Guaranteed

mouse print Many of us utilize full price rebates when offered to try a new product, or take advantage of satisfaction guarantees when a product really does not perform as expected. Sometimes, though, those refund promises are hollow. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.


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Bargain of the Week

Back of the Head Earmuffs - $3.99 for Two

Normally really thin, these are thick, black earmuffs that fold up into your pocket and are only $2 each when you buy two. Shipping is free. (Hat-tip to DealNews.) Not returnable unless defective. But read their "not-so-inviting" terms: "Please note we have the right to cancel ANY order at ANY time for various reasons, especially ones that concern unexpected stock unavailability of an item you have purchased, or if unreasonable requests were not able to be met, and lastly, calling or writing a support ticket berating or demeaning our Customer Service Team while their only goal is to provide solutions to your issues and requests."

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The 20 Least Reliable Cars

Consumer Reports' annual survey of readers reveals the cars that consumers have the most problems with. Here are the 20 least reliable cars.


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