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Don't Fall for These 10 Tech "Deals"

A fool and his money are often separated. That is why you should just say no to these offers aimed at the less than tech savvy buyer.

20 Instant Coffees Tested

According to taste tests conducted by the Huffington Post, you should not waste your money on most brands of instant coffee. A few of them, however, taste surprisingly like brewed coffee. Negative comments about popular brands are quite frank and funny.

Two Good and Cheap Suntan Lotions

Consumer Reports recently tested suncreens and found two brands were particularly good and inexpensive. Here are the winners.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]


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  • Types of Insurance You Can Live Without
  • IKEA Being Sued Over Requesting Zip Codes
  • New TV Remotes Respond to Speech
  • Long Distance Phone Cards Still Bilking Buyers
  • Discount Cellphone Sites Come with Double Termination Fees
  • MasterCard to Intro Digital Wallet
  • AT&T Seeks to End Auto-Delivery of White Pages in LA
  • No Signature Needed Soon on Visa Purchases Under $50
  • Coupon Clipping: NY Times Magazine Story
  • Class Action Lawsuits on the Rise
  • Options Abound for Recycling Your Old Tech Gear
  • FTC Says They Owe You $52-Million in Phone Cramming Refunds
  • FTC: MySpace Misrepresented Privacy/Info Sharing
  • Oscar Mayer Fined Thousands for S-H-O-R-T-W-E-I-G-H-T-I-N-G
  • Why are Credit Reports so Hard to Correct?
  • Study: Many Still Surprised by Overdraft Fees
  • Will New Consumer Travel Watchdog Help Fliers?
  • Some Banks Impose High-Price Insurance on Troubled Homeowners
  • What Does "Do Not Track" Really Mean?
  • Deception Used in the Promotion of Flame Retardants
  • Disabled Teen Incurs $8000 Texting Bill
  • 6 Price Tricks Used to Fool Consumers
  • CFPB's Proposed Rule Would Limit Mortgage Fees
  • Buyer's Guide to Prepaid Cards [pdf]
  • Refunds for Illegal Third Party Billing (Cramming) on Verizon Wireline Bills Now Available
  • Bing Searches to Include Facebook Friends' Recommendations
  • NuVal Nutrition Ratings Under Fire; NuVal Responds (2 stories)
  • FTC Affirms "Holder in Due Course" Rule

    CW Exclusives

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  • Shoppers Fear Double Coupons Will Disappear
  • Pink Slime-Laced Ground Beef Disappearing Fast
  • Survey: Metric Measurements on Food Nutrition Labels Mislead Many
  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
  • Different Prices Coming for Cash vs. Plastic

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