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Consumer Quickies

5 Products with Over-Hyped Health Claims

FTC Judge Rules: POM (Not So) Wonderful

Condo Associations in MD Liable under Consumer Laws

Study: Meat is for Masculine Men, Veggies are for Wimps

Beware Debit Card Scam on Facebook, Google Mail, etc.

Do New Fuel-Saving Cars Really Deliver 40-mpg?

What the Color of Your Front Door Says About You

NJ Consumer Office Launches Charity-Checker App

Google Fights Bad Ads Removing Over 130 Million

Their Robot Can Debone a Chicken; Some Cry Foul

5 Keys to Getting Hidden Hotel Deals

Consumer Reports to Distribute Doctor Ratings

Tropicana's "Natural" Claim Challenged in Court

L.A. May Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

Do Old People Really Smell Funny?

Windows 8 Revised Preview Reviewed
Take the Quiz: Do You Know the (Credit) Score?

The Consumer Federation of America has put together a 20-question quiz about credit scores. Most people only score about 70 on the test, so we've got more to learn.

Best/Worst Airlines for Booking Award Travel

airplane For years you have accumulated frequent flier miles on your favorite airline. Now, with airfares so high, you decide you want to cash in miles for a free trip. What are the odds of getting a seat on the date and flights you want? According to this study (see chart), it depends on the airline you choose. On Southwest, you'll fly whenever you want, but on Delta, three out four times you'll be out of luck.

Shoppers Pick Favorite Grocers

cart When thousands were asked to name their favorite grocer, Giant Food (sister chain to Stop & Shop) garnered first place. How do consumers pick their favorite? They base it primarily on location rather than other factors. Aldi was the top pick for low prices, and Walmart came in last place in such categories as quality of meat and produce, and courteous staff.

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Thanks for Good Customer Service

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Free Krispy Kreme Donut June 1

Krispy Kreme is celebrating its 75th birthday, and you get the gift. They are giving away one free donut of your choice per person on June 1.

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Most/Least Reliable Major Appliance Brands

Consumer Reports list the brands of refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers that need the most repairs and fewest repairs. (Note: this is not a complete list; you need to be a subscriber to view that.) Surprisingly, some brands that top one category, may be in the cellar in another.

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