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Mouse Print* -- Partially-Filled Movie Candy Boxes Case Settled

mouse print We've done a number of stories about "slack-fill" which is the overpackaging of products to make you think you are getting more actual contents than you really are. Now one of the big cases has been settled -- the one about those expensive movie boxes of candy that were only about half-filled. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Latest Customer Satisfaction Rankings for Wireless Routers, Vision Plans, Dental Plans and Mattress Brands

JD Power J.D. Power has been working overtime this month releasing studies of consumer satisfaction with various products and insurance plans. Here are their latest studies and brand rankings:

  • Wireless Routers
  • Vision Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Mattress Brands (Online & Retail)


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    Online Tools to Track Hot Items

    shopping bags Too many people chasing too few items is a recipe for higher prices and supply shortages. Here are some techniques and tools you can use to try to stay ahead of the game and reduce your chances of getting shut out by competing shoppers.

    Top Toys for 2021

    toys The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio just released its 2021 award winners for the best toys. The selections are divided by age groups: infants, toddlers, preschoolers, early school, and tweens/teens. See also the Today Show video.

    Earn 7.12% on I-Series Savings Bonds

    money That is not a typo. For the next six months, 7.12% is the risk-free return you will get on I-series U.S. savings bonds. Before your dump all your money into this investment, there is some bad news. You can only buy a limited amount, the term is up to 30 years, the variable rate changes every six months, the base rate is zero percent interest for 30 years, and there are penalties for certain early withdrawals.

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    Bargain of the Week

    Roku Premiere 4K - $19.99

    Most electronics retailers (Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Staples, etc.) are offering the Roku Premiere streaming device for 19.99. It connects via HDMI cable (provided) to your TV so you can access most streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, etc. [with paid memberships), and many free services.

    Veterans Day Discounts

    November 11 is Veterans Day and many stores and restaurants are offering special deals for vets and active military members. Here are lists of offers from the VA itself, and from Consumer Reports.

    See also: Hot Deals

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    Best/Worst Carpet Cleaners

    Consumer Reports has recommendations for carpet cleaners -- those to consider buying and those to avoid. Best bets are not listed except to members (BUT... hint: the two most reasonably priced top performers in the vicinity of $100 are the Hoover PowerDash Pet FH50700 and the Bissell TurboBrush PowerClean 2987.)

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