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Major Online Retailers Shortchanging Shoppers on Warranty Disclosure

warranty Consumer World recently checked 20 major online sellers for their compliance with federal law requiring them to either display the actual manufacturer's warranty for each product on their website, or tell shoppers how to obtain it from them. The spot-check revealed that few stores displayed actual warranties or gave proper instructions for obtaining it.

Getting Cheaper Cell Service Overseas

cell If you are traveling out of the country this summer, you will want to help avoid getting ripped off with outrageously high cellphone charges for both calls and data. How do you do it? Here is advice from the NY Times' frugal traveler.


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Smart Beats Dumb When Getting Car Repair Prices

car repair A new Northwestern University study found that repair shops quote higher prices to callers who mention an erroneous higher than average price as what they believe to be the typical cost. The study found that women are quoted higher prices than men when callers signal that they are uninformed about market prices. However, gender differences disappear when callers mention a correct average price for the repair. Finally, the study found that repair shops are more likely to negotiate a lower price if asked to do so by a woman than a man. Read the full (and LONG) study.

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Mouse Print* -- Here We Downsize Again - 2015 (Part Two)

mouse print Get out your magnifying glasses to see the hard-to-read net weight statements on products that have been downsized recently. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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What? Lightbulbs Need a Warning Label?

One maker of LED lightbulbs is adding this warning to its packages this summer: “Exposure to certain electric lights may cause biological effects, some potentially disruptive." Consumer Reports explains.

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