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Mouse Print* -- Is the Domino's Random Food Giveaway a Lottery?

mouse print Domino's just launched a major promotion giving away $50-million in free food to random customers who place orders through the company's own delivery service. So if you are lucky, you could order a pizza and get a free dessert or a second pizza free. Or you could get nothing extra. Hmmm... sounds like a game of chance that companies are not generally allowed to run. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Customers Denied Returns Sue Over Secret Returns History Database

return policy Some big chain retailers use "The Retail Equation" (formerly The Return Exchange) to decide whether to accept or reject a customer's tendered merchandise return. The company maintains a database of individuals' return history (frequency, receipt or no receipt, etc.). Unlike your credit history, return records are NOT shared among participating retailers. It will reject a return if the particular retailer's return limit has been reached. Now some consumers are taking the company to court claiming they have wrongly been labeled as returns abusers.


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Same Hotel Room, Same Air Flight, Different Prices Depending Where You Buy

Rossen Reports

Consumer Reporter Jeff Rossen recently did a price check of airfares and hotel rates to see if different websites were selling the exact same itinerary for the same price. Turns out that sharp shoppers can save significantly by comparison shopping sometimes.

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Bargain of the Week

Free Wine After Rebate

Until September 30, if you live in certain states and buy any Barefoot wine product, you can get an online rebate (via PayPal, Venmo, or e-check) for up to $9.99. If you shop around, you can get a 1.5 liter bottle of Barefoot wine for that price. Offer void in: AL, AR, CA, CO, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV.

Buy a BJ's Wholesale Club Membership for $50, Get $50 Credit

Until August 22 only, new members who join BJ's Wholesale Club for $50, will get a $50 credit on their membership account. This $50 credit must be used at BJ's within 30 days or you lose it. It can reportedly be used to buy a BJ's gift card, and that will extended the life of the $50 credit.

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Consumer Reports

Strategies to Save Money in Inflationary Times

Prices rose an average of 5.4% in July compared to a year earlier. As such, we all need to sharpen our savings tools. Here are some ideas from Consumer Reports on how to save food, energy, appliances, etc.

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