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Best/Worst Kitchen Appliance Brands

Frig Reading major appliance reviews by actual purchasers is scary because of all the problems reported. Some of the troubling accounts, however, are supported by a just-released JD Power survey of thousands of consumers who purchased major appliances in the past two years. See how satisfied or dissatisfied they were with popular brands of refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, and stoves. Incidentally, Consumer Reports just added more Bosch dishwashers to its "top picks" list.

Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

airplane Sometimes we are pennywise and pound foolish when it comes to making travel plans. Other times, we believe everything we are told in fancy marketing brochures. Here are timely tips on how to avoid travel goofs that could put a damper on your vacation.


ABC Examines the Fine Print

ABC's The Lookout Have you seen ABC's new consumer show called "The Lookout"? Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 24 at 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central, is a fun story about the fine print in advertising. MrConsumer himself brings to life some of the "gotcha" ads featured in Mouse Print* and people on the street react to the tricks and traps. If you miss it, you can watch it here.

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Mouse Print* -- Readers Spot the “Gotchas” in the Fine Print (Part 1)

mouse print Mouse Print* readers have been busy scouring ads and product labels for the "gotchas" and starting today, we will periodical larly feature their finds. Up first, the 1600 thread count sheets that aren't anywhere near that, and T-Mobile's new upgrade whenever you want plan. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Sony 40" HDTV - $299.99 after card rebate

This is the lowest price ever for a 40-inch Sony HDTV (720p). Of course, there are some catches. It is reconditioned with only a 90 day warranty (but two of MrConsumer's 32" HDTVs are reconditioned Sonys with no issues). Also there is a $30 rebate card required to bring the net price down to $299.99. Shipping is free.

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Your Mileage WILL Vary Based on How You Drive

Depending on how you drive and what is in your car, could transform a very fuel efficient vehicle into more of a gas guzzler. That is Consumer Reports' conclusion after they performed tests to see how your speed and cargo load affected your miles per gallon.

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