Week of October 30, 2017 (see last week)
Rent-A-Center Comes Under Fire
A major investigative report by NerdWallet alleges that Rent-A-Center, a home furnishings leasing and rent-to-own chain, uses overly aggressive collection tactics on past due accounts, keeps poor records resulting in erroneous collections from paid-up customers, and charges prices sometimes two or three times the going retail price. Here is part one of their full report. (See sidebar on the right for other parts of the report.) And this is their comparison of prices at Rent-A-Center versus traditional retailers.
100 Brands with Most Consumer Loyalty
Here are the 100 brands that shoppers keep going back to over and over. For computers, Apple is tops. For smartphones, most people are loyal to Apple and Samsung. For pizza, believe it or not, Domino's captures diners' hearts most.
Top Toys 2017
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio just announced its annual list of top toys in the following age categories: infants, toddlers, pre-school, early school and tweens.
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Mouse Print* -- Death Wish Coffee Lives Up to its Name
This is not a Halloween prank. A company called "Death Wish Coffee" has a canned coffee product that was unfortunately processed incorrectly, and thus could create a deadly toxin in the can.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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Bargain of the Week
Free Windows Software
Get up to nine different Windows software packages (not trial versions) for free until November 5th. Choices include a DVD ripper, a password storage program (used by MrConsumer!), a PDF editing program, and more.
10% Off Appliances and More at Home Depot
With online coupon code DECOR10OFF , you can get 10% off on appliances, home decor, furniture, and some other unspecified items at HomeDepot.com. Expires November 5. Coupon not combinable with certain offers.
See also: Hot Deals
The 10 Most Reliable Car Models and Brands
Consumer Reports is out with its annual list of the 10 most reliable cars based on user surveys of 640,000 vehicles. Here also are the most reliable car brands.
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