Week of March 12, 2018 (see last week)
How Good are Your State's Consumer Laws?
The National Consumer Law Center just released a study of how effective each state's consumer laws are. This chart summarizes how good or how bad each state is on various consumer topics. One important note: the best consumer laws are useless if your state attorney general and/or office of consumer affairs just sits on its hands and doesn't enforce those laws vigorously.
Which Dishwasher and Laundry Detergents are Best?
Consumer Reports just released performance test results for both laundry detergents and dishwasher detergents. For laundry detergents, Persil ProClean 2 in 1 was knocked off its top spot (and is now #2) and replaced by Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release. For dishwasher detergents, Kirkland (Costco) pacs topped the ratings, followed closely by Members Mark (Sam's) pacs, Finish Quantum, and Finish Powerballs. Note: These two free stories only provide partial test results.
The New ID Theft: Create Fictional People Who Apply for Credit
Many people who have their ID stolen wind up having a credit nightmare that is difficult to untangle. Now ID thieves seemingly have a heart. They are creating fictional people and ripping them off instead (and of course, the bank that gave them credit). This is how so-called synthetic ID fraud works.
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Mouse Print* -- Blurred Lines: Can Readers Distinguish Ads from Content?
It is getting hard and harder to distinguish news stories from advertisements dressed up to look like news stories. If only publishers would make some simple tweaks, we'd know where NOT to click (but then, they would lose money).
That story is in Mouse Print* this week.
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Bargain of the Week
$9.99 Car Rentals - 12 Hours/Free Gas
Both Avis and Budget are offering $9.99 one-way car rentals as a taxi alternative. You get a free tank of gas and can drive 150 miles. Typical use: pick up the car at the airport and drop if off downtown (or vice versa) no later than 12 hours later. Limited days and locations only.
See also: Hot Deals
Gas vs. Electric: Which Range is Better?
You may be surprised to hear Consumer Reports' opinion about gas vs. electric ranges. It is not what you expect.
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