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Many ATMs and Fare Machines "Shortchange" the Blind

Citizens Bank A test conducted by Consumer World of over 200 ATMs and fare vending machines reveals that many are not accessible to visually-impaired customers despite new federal rules. While all three dozen Bank of America ATMs soundly passed the test, nearly half of those checked at Citizens Bank either failed to produce audible speech or had not yet been converted to "Talking ATMs."

Most/Least Expensive Cars to Insure

Fancy cars not only cost more to start with, but insurance on them is higher because of more expensive repairs and injuries, and greater frequency of crashes. Here are the 2012 cars that are insurance bargains, and the ones that are the most expensive to insure.

Top 10 Ways Your Identity Could be Stolen

scammer Apparently, crooks seem to think you have a really great life because they are so eager to steal your identity. Here are the top scams that crooks use to commit ID theft.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]


Consumer Quickies

  • Top 5 Infomercial Products
  • Some New Homes Cost More to Build Than They're Worth
  • 8 Food Frauds that are Mislabeled or Adulterated
  • The Next Time a Doctor Gives You a Particular Referral, Ask Why. Here's Why!
  • Inherited IRAs can be a Sweet Deal for Some
  • When Regular Channels to Resolve Complaints Fail
  • Imagine Filing w/IRS, But Someone Else Claimed Your Refund!
  • Oops! Stouffer's Lasagna Packages Filled with Stuffed Peppers
  • Beware Craigslist Ads Suggesting Use of AmazonPayments
  • Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Gray Market Discounted Goods
  • "Food Desert" Myth: Obesity in Poor Related to Lack of Grocers
  • Imagine a Cellphone that Can See Through Walls
  • Online Peer Product Reviews Highly Trusted by Buyers
  • Downsizing of Products Rampant in the UK
  • Car Owners Prefer Independent Repair Shops over Dealers
  • Do Pet-Tracking GPS Units Really Work?
  • Consumer Groups Urge FDA Not to Allow High Fructose Corn Syrup to be Called "Corn Sugar"
  • Advocates Want FTC to Stop Yo-Yo Financing by Car Dealers
  • Supreme Court Ruling Could Speed Generic Drugs to Market
  • If You Cheat on Your Taxes, How Long Can the IRS Pursue You?
  • Prepaid Card Issuers Pursue College Students Skirting Tighter Rules for Credit Cards
  • When a Pennypincher is Married to a Spendthrift...
  • Recycle PCs, Monitors, Printers, More @Staples Free
  • When in Roam, You Could Get a $10K Cell Bill
  • Man Sues Over and Over for Lack of ATM Fee-Warning Signs
  • Some ID Theft Services Mislead, Over-Hype Services
  • Many Admit to Bad Financial Planning, Habits
  • Go Inside the Costco Craze, April 26, 9pm, CNBC [preview]

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  • Shoppers Fear Double Coupons Will Disappear
  • Pink Slime-Laced Ground Beef Disappearing Fast
  • Survey: Metric Measurements on Food Nutrition Labels Mislead Many
  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
  • Different Prices Coming for Cash vs. Plastic

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    Mouse Print* -- Fine Print Trips Up Storage Warrior

    mouse print A Mouse Print* reader failed to check the fine print on his storage locker contract, and now finds himself losing over $80,000 of household belongings. His story is this week in Mouse Print* .

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    Through April 28, Sears is offering its $169 hard anodized nonstick 10-piece cookware set for $99.99. Most amazing is that the nonstick coating is Eclipse -- the best triple-layer brand. Pots are medium weight, not as thick as some other brands. Price was an extra 5% off this past Sunday online, making it $94.99 -- lowest price ever, but that *may* be repeated on April 25 and 26 ONLINE ONLY. Delivery is free for store pickup. ++

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