Week of December 4, 2017 (see last week)
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Despite Promises, Few Prices Lowered at Whole Foods Three Months After Amazon's Acquisition
A price-check of Boston area Whole Foods stores by Consumer World exactly three months after the notoriously expensive chain was acquired by Amazon with promises to lower prices reveals that relatively few items have actually been reduced in price despite widespread publicity touting the cuts.
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Mouse Print* -- Some Retailers Misled Shoppers on Black Friday Sale Savings
[Note: The next new Mouse Print* story will be on Dec. 11.] Everybody loves a bargain, and some retailers take advantage of that by exaggerating the actual savings that will accrue to you on certain purchases. We show you how some big name retailers tried to claim hundreds of extra dollars in phantom savings last week.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
Don't Put These 16 Things in Your Dishwasher
Not everything should go in your dishwasher, as anyone who has ever ruefully retrieved a deformed plastic container will tell you. Here are 16 things you're better off washing by hand.
21 Lies Restaurant Servers Tell
Food & Wine spoke with former and current servers around the country who admitted to telling the occasional, mostly harmless lie to customers to keep things moving and make their own lives a little bit easier. You can decide how serious these 21 restaurant fibs really are.
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Bargain of the Week
$5 Off $15 FedEx Ground Shipment
Just in time for shipping holiday gifts... Get $5 off of a $15 or more Federal Express ground shipment when you present this coupon. Offer good through December 31.
Google Home Mini - $29 with $25 Back at Google Express (WM only)
This is the most fun you can have for $29. The Google Home Mini attaches wirelessly to your wifi and looks up stuff using only your voice. It has a speaker with sensational fidelity for such a small unit. Ask the weather, set reminders, search Google, play music (limited), order stuff, all with your voice. Google responds in a life-like computer voice almost instantly. And if you buy this at Walmart or Walmart.com you get a $25 credit at express.google.com/walmart .(Warning, the current selection of items there is narrow and overpriced.) Pick up in store to avoid $5.99 shipping charge.
Extra 30% off Clothing at Macy's
Here is a rare 30% off coupon from Macy's good until December 11. Note exclusions and lower discounts for other categories.
See also: Hot Deals
The Art of Getting an Online Discount
Last week, MrConsumer wanted to buy a leaf blower, but it was $28.49 at HomeDepot.com and only $22.99 at Walmart and Amazon. He called to request a price match (plus an extra 10% off), and without question the representative processed his order for local store delivery and only charged $20.69! Here are other tips from Consumer Reports on how to get additional online discounts.
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