Week of September 18, 2017 (see last week)
The Dangers of Airlines Squeezing Customers into Ever Smaller Seats
Airlines have been shrinking the space between seat rows for years to cram in more rows and make more money. This could become a safety concern and death trap in the case of an emergency if passengers cannot get out safely and quickly. And the courts are now getting involved.
Most/Least Trustworthy Companies
The 2017 Temkin Trust Ratings rank 329 companies across 20 industries based on a study of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Here are the top 20 and bottom 20 rated companies, and the most/least trustworthy industries. Additional charts on the best and worst company in each industry are here.
How Wayfair Plays Pricing Games
Shoppers may not realize it, but Wayfair, the big online seller of home goods, operates a number of other brands like Joss & Main, Birch Lane, and AllModern. And they have their own websites. But here's the problem: some of the items carried by Wayfair are also available on its sister websites but listed under different product names and at different prices. So very much like mattress manufacturers make it impossible to compare the same bed at different stores because it gives the same mattress different names, Wayfair does the same thing. Here are examples.
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Mouse Print* -- Is It a Feature Story or a Commercial?
A popular television show recently aired what amounts to be a commercial that was made to look like a feature story, hoodwinking viewers who didn't catch the less than clear and poorly placed disclaimers.
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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If You Don't Want to Spend $1000 on the Latest iPhone...
Consumer Reports says there are good and less expensive iPhone alternatives to their just-introduced $1000 iPhone X. Here are the other choices.
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