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Consumer World Turns 20

About three months after Amazon and eBay debuted in 1995, a little site called Consumer World was born. Its goal was to educate the public about consumer matters and direct them to valuable sources of consumer information. Twenty years later, the mission has stayed the same. Hopefully readers have learned a thing or two along the way, and saved a buck or two to boot. Feel free to add your comments or read others'.

StarKist Tuna Settles Shortweight Suit with $25-$50 Refunds for Consumers

Starkist StarKist just settled a lawsuit which alleged the company shortweighted five ounce cans of tuna by several tenths of an ounce for years. So if you bought five ounce StarKist tuna between 2009 and 2014, you can put in a claim for $25 cash or $50 in StarKist coupons. Note: there is only $8 million in cash and $4 million in coupons available, so each claim could be reduced if too many consumers apply for refunds.

8 Tips for Booking a Cheaper Hotel

luggage Hotel prices these days can be outrageous. But, smart shoppers can still find great deals if they use some of these booking tricks.


Car Brands Ranked on Customer Satisfaction

cars The American Consumer Satisfaction Index's latest report puts Fiat dead last in its rankings. Topping the list, no surprise, is Lexus. See how your favorite car brand ranks.

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Mouse Print* -- Rewards Readers of Fine Print

mouse print Advertisers have griped loudly about TV viewers who zoom through their commercials when using a DVR. One company found a clever way to encourage viewers to actually watch their commercial and even pause it. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Spiral Notebooks - 17 cents

Until September 5, Staples (stores only) has the lowest price of the year on 70-sheet spiral notebooks -- just 17 cents each. Limit 30. These appear to be wide-ruled only.

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Tesla's New Car Scores 103 on a 100 Scale!

With a rare mix of blazing speed, safety and energy efficiency, the new Tesla Model S P85D left the folks at Consumer Reports grasping for ways to properly rate the car, after it scored a 103 — out of 100. There's just one other problem -- the car sells for over $100,000.

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