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Week of January 15, 2018 (see last week)

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How Telemarketers and Robocallers Outwitted the Gov't

Mad at phone The Washington Post delves into the history of telemarketing and automated phone calls (robocalling). This story traces the first phone scam to 1888, and goes through the failed attempts to stop unwanted telemarketing and scam calls.

Best/Worst "As Seen on TV" Gizmos

As Seen on TV Consumer reporter Amy Davis in Houston regularly tests "As seen on TV" products. At least half of them turn out to be duds. Here are her best and worst finds for 2017 [video], along with an archive of dozens of her tests.


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The 15 Cars that Owners Keep for 15+ Years

most loved cars Do you love your car? Do you love it enough to keep it for 15 years or more? analyzed 2017 sales of old cars (1981-2002) looking for ones that had been owned by a single owner for at least 15 years. Here's the list, dominated by Toyotas.

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Mouse Print* -- When it Comes to Price, Shoppers Like to be Fooled

mouse print As shoppers, we are a funny bunch. We are attracted by lower prices and give those sellers more business even when the final price is higher because of hidden charges. We patronize stores more when they advertise deep but fake discounts. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.

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Bargain of the Week

TurboTax Deluxe 2017 -- $39.86

The new 2017 edition of TurboTax Deluxe Federal and State is in stores now. Until January 28, Costco is offering it for $39.86 after a $10 discount is applied at the checkout. For one day in early January, Costco was selling TT Deluxe for $29.86, erroneously double discounting it. It then went out of stock online and disappeared from their website. If you are not a Costco member, Amazon has the same price. Or, get Best Buy, Staples, Target, or Office Depot/Max to match their price. We usually see one crazy low price in January for TT Deluxe. The $29.86 offer may have been it. Be careful of TT Deluxe with State downloads around $20 -- they may be bootlegged copies.

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Some of the Worst Washers, Dryers, and Laundry Detergents

Consumer Reports says not to waste money on low-rated washing machines, dryers and seven particular laundry detergents. Here are the models and brands that scored 40 points or less on a 100 scale.

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