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Update: Sears Relents

10 Things Debt Collectors Won't Tell You

money Continuing its series of dirty little secrets about various industries, Smart Money now looks at debt collectors. Learn the magic words to stop their calls.

15 Kinds of Insurance You May Not Need

Everywhere you look, someone is pitching you some type of protection plan or insurance. In many cases, you will just be enriching the insurance company rather than the other way around. Here are 15 kinds of insurance, most of which you could do without.

Don't Get Taken by a Locksmith

NBC recently broadcast a hidden camera sting of locksmiths [video] who were called to a house by a distraught homeowner who claimed to be locked out. See how many of them took advantage of her.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

'Tis the season to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi and Vistaprint in the past couple of weeks. Read how they responded to issues, or add your own compliment about a different company.

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  • In Sweden, Maker Claims Sausages are 125% Meat!
  • Wal-mart Shortchanges Some Using Gift Receipts
  • Would You Pay to Stop Getting Junk Mail Catalogs?
  • BBB: Can't Omit Terms from Facebook "Like" Promotions
  • USPIRG's 2011 Trouble in Toyland Report pdf
  • Got Discount? Sometimes All You Have to Do is Ask
  • 4 Novel Money-Related Websites
  • Little Known Tips for Searching Google Better
  • Retailers Sue over Debit Card Fees
  • Online Travel Sites Sometimes Don't Make Your Reservations
  • Forecasting When Holiday Prices are the Lowest
  • Beware Starbucks Giftcard Scam Online
  • Shoppers React Well to Midnight Store Openings
  • Rite Aid Recalls Tins of Butter Cookies (Drats... they were advertised for 2 for $3 on Black Friday!)
  • Price Comparison of Major Banks' Checking Accounts
  • Did Your Shopping Mall Track You on Black Friday?

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  • 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
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    mouse print The email and online offers seem so enticing: get $3 off on meat, save $5 on your meal, get a free appetizer. What all these offers have in common is that they have omitted a key requirement. See what it is in this week's Mouse Print* .

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