Saturday, June 09, 2012

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Bye Bye for Now

MrConsumer is taking a break from this blog for a while. Please visit Consumer World for timely consumer news stories, scam alerts, and good deals.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

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Illegal Telemarketing Calls on the Increase

Many people believe that they are getting more unwanted telemarketing calls in recent weeks than ever before, MrConsumer included. Might the solution be a technological one to automatically block the calls? For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

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Now Taking Calcium Supplements is Being Questioned

A new study suggests that people taking calcium supplements, as little as 500 mg. may have a 30% increased risk for a heart attack.  For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Frequent Fliers Shown Higher Fares at Delta.com

Oops. Some businessmen discovered that Delta was selling tickets at higher prices to those logged in as frequent fliers at Delta's website compared to those pricing flights anonymously. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Free Live TV Coming to Tablets and Cellphones

Soon, you may be able to watch live TV on your cellphone and/or tablet... and they say it will be free. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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Unpaid Medical Bills, Even Erroneous Ones, Can Affect Your Credit Standing

You may be surprised to learn that delinquent medical bills can show up on your credit report, even when they are the result of a mistake or a dispute. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Telemarketers Ignore the Do Not Call List

See NBC's Jeff Rossen chase telemarketers who seemingly ignore the fact that some of the people they call are on the "do not call" list. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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By 2050, Cars May Drive Themselves

Can you imagine getting up in the morning, getting in your car, and then it drives you to work automatically? Some car makers plan to produce cars that do just that. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

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Nearly Half of Chickens Tested had E. Coli

There has hardly a peep about the study released last week that found that nearly half of packaged chicken from supermarkets had E. coli when tested. Here's the poop.  For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

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AutoSlash: No Good Consumer Website Goes Unpunished

A great website that helps you get the lowest price on a car rental by continuing to check prices for you even after you book the car, has been handed a fatal blow by car rental agencies. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Yes, Virginia, There Really are Completely Free Checking Accounts

This new tool from NerdWallet directs you to really free checking accounts. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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Renting Your Car to Strangers Fraught with Insurance Issues

There are now services springing up around the country that help you rent your extra car by the hour to strangers. The problem is insurance.  See why here. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Now There is Even Wedding Insurance, Cold Feet Included

There seems like there is an insurance policy for everything, and that now includes for weddings.  Photographer is a no-show, covered. Food poisons your guest, covered. Groom gets cold feet, covered! For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

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The Top-Rated Investment Firms

According to 10,000 consumers, the top investment firm for a good customer experience is.... For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

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The New Way Cell Company Limit Unlimited Service

It is called "throttling", and everyone but Sprint does it when it comes to smartphone users who are data hogs on unlimited data plans. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Living to Age 100 Will Cost You $3.5-mil

There's good news and bad news if you live to 100.  The good news: you lived to 100.  The bad news: it will cost you $3.5 million! For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Car Slash Automatically Checks Car Rental Rates after You Book for Further Discount

We first told you about AutoSlash.com a year and half ago... but now the NY Times lets the world in on the website that keeps searching for lower prices after you make a car rental reservation. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

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TrueCar Offers Haggle-Free Car Buying, but Dealers Pushback

If you offer a service to buy cars at guaranteed no-haggle low prices, and you do good a job at it, car dealers and manufacturers will complain.  And they have done so loudly when it comes to TrueCar.com. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

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Sometimes Frequent Flier Miles are Taxable!

When Citibank customers were shocked when they got 1099 forms from the bank for frequent flier miles they received when taking out a new credit card. What? Frequent flier miles are all of a sudden taxable? See when they are and when they are not. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Confessions of an iPhone Data Hog

What happens when you use a lot of data on your smartphone (if you have an unlimited plan)?  You get a warning from the company, and possibly a slower connection to drive home the point to either use less or pay more. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Click the Triangle to Get Rid of Certain Ads

Some degree of digital privacy may only be a click away when it comes to advertising you don't want to see.  Learn now to make your ad choices. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Banks Get Even with New Fees

Public outrage over BofA's $5 monthly debit card fee has prompted banks to search for other fee revenue.  For example, fall below the minimum balance at one bank, and you'll be hit with a $50 fee!  Here are other new or higher fees you can expect to see. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

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19 Websites for Travel Savings in 2012

Here is a summary of websites to help you find deals on airfare, hotels, and more. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

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Old Debts Revived via New Credit Cards

Debt collection companies have found a new way to collect money on uncollectible old debit: offer the borrower a new credit card onto which some of the old debt has been moved. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Could Gestures Replace Passwords?

Computer scientists are busy trying to create new fangled passwords that use your voice or your hands for identification. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Doing New York City on the Cheap

The NY Times' "Frugal Traveler" tries to do Manhattan on the cheap. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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Coffee and Some Medicines Don't Mix

Coffee can interact with certain medications, and limit their full effectiveness.  Learn more. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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Now There's a Fourth Credit Report to Check

Step aside Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian.  There's a new credit report on the block from CoreLogic that tracks all kinds of nasty things like unpaid rent, payday loan repayments, utilties payment histories, and more. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

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Feds Shutter 200+ Mortgage Relief Scams

Be careful answering ads promising to help you get mortgage relief.  The federal government has just shut down over 200 sites that advertise on the major search engines. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Crooks Recruited Waiters to Skim Credit Cards

Twenty eight people have been indicted on various charges alleging that waiters at high-end NY restaurants were recruited to skim American Express card numbers from customers.  With those accounts, the crooks bought luxury goods like Jimmy Choo shoes and Rolex watches. For more consumer news, visit Consumer World.

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