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Week of September 4, 2023
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Mouse Print*-- Amazon Raises Free Shipping Threshold to $35 Depending on Zip Code

mouse print Many non-Prime Amazon shoppers are going to be shocked when they get a shipping charge despite meeting Amazon's regular minimum purchase threshold of $25. That's because depending on your zip code, you may now have to make a $35 or more purchase for that benefit. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Inflated Regular Prices and Phony Sale Discounts Common at Big Retailers

phony sales Some years ago, J.C. Penney's new president decided to stop misleading shoppers and announced the retailer was going to be honest about sale pricing. JCP would no longer use inflated regular prices as a basis for offering deep discount sales. The result: sales went down and he left the company. Today, promoting huge discounts from phony regular prices is a way of life at many stores. The WSJ spotlights the problem. See also Checkbook's comprehensive store-by-store survey highlighting how widespread the practice is.


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List of 10 Drugs Where Medicare Hopes to Negotiate Lower Prices

pills Federal law gave Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices for seniors, and that process is just beginning now. Here are the first 10 brand name drugs where they will try to haggle with manufacturers for lower prices. The savings won't go into effect until 2026.

Consumer Alert

That Chromebook May Be Expired!

Public schools around the country use inexpensive Chromebooks (laptop computers) for their students. Parents buy them for their kids. But did you know that Google Chromebooks expire? What? Google has set expiration dates for each model and those laptops will no longer get updates or security patches. The "Ben Has Your Back" story above shows you how to check the expiration date. Here is the research report from PIRG that formed the basis of this story. And here is last week's WSJ story.

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Bargain of the Week

Free PDF Editor That Really Works!

If you are like MrConsumer (perish the thought), you have never found a really good free PDF editor. The search is over. PDFGear comes as close as you can get. I could even edit the preprinted text on an IRS 1040 tax form! (It does tend to screw up boxes around text however.) Thanks to DigitalTrends for its review of PDFGear. It is available for Windows, Mac, and iOS.

$10 Off a $25 Purchase at Kohl's

Labor Day Monday only: With this coupon, get $10 off a $25 purchase (even on sale items) both online and in-store.

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Consumer Reports

Meat Lovers Guide to Plant-Based "Meat"

It seems like there are a ton of plant-based products these days... otherwise known as fake meat. Some are better than others. Consumer Reports analyzed 32 of them, comparing the nutritional content and the taste. Not one product scored "excellent."

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