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You Might Literally Be Buying Trash on Amazon

Hidden Cable Fees Outlawed in Bill About to Become Law


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2019 Return Policies: Return Deadlines Shrinking

return policy Got a gift to return? Better hurry back to the store because this year several prominent retailers have significantly shortened their return periods. Stores that once had unlimited return policies have cut them to one-year, then to 180 days, and now in some cases to 90 days or less. Here are all the findings in Consumer World's 16th annual survey of retailers' return policies.

Amazon Now Offering Free Returns

Amazon Amazon just announced it is offering free returns on millions of items sold and shipped by Amazon. You’ll be able return many Amazon purchases — including electronics, household items, pet supplies, kitchen appliances and more — at more than 18,000 drop-off locations across the country, for free. Here is how to do it.

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Top Tips on Tipping

coin 'Tis the time of year when service people in your life may expect to be tipped for the work they have done for your over the past year. Here is a guide of how much to tip and to whom this holiday season.

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Mouse Print* -- Consumer Humor: TV Station Tricks Interviewees with Unexpected Fine Print

mouse print We end the year with a bit of consumer humor buried in the fine print. A local TV station wanted to see if people they interviewed really read the standard release that was presented to them in order for the station to use their comments in a TV newscast. Those who didn't read the release before signing got quite a surprise. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Flight Delay = Free Impossible Whopper

If you have the Burger King app and experience a flight delay, while at the airport login into that app and get a coupon for a free Impossible (meatless) Whopper. (Note their app is very flaky -- look for the flight delay graphic, but don't expect it to work easily.) Offer ends December 30.

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Year-End Car Deals

Consumer Reports scoured financial incentives for 2020 cars now that we are at the end of the year. Here are highly-rated models offering significant savings now.

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