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Week of May 29, 2023
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Mouse Print* -- Kroger Makes a Half-Hearted Attempt to Provide Digital Discounts to Unplugged Shoppers

mouse print For nearly a year, Consumer World has been trying to raise the consciousness of retailers to the issue of digital discrimination. In particular, the digital coupons offered by supermarkets shut-out the millions of shoppers who don't have internet access or smartphones. Now the biggest supermarket chain is taking a first step to fix that, sort of. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Online Retailers Tighten Return Policies to Save Money

return policies To save money, some online retailers are changing their return policies [alternate link]. Some are no longer offering free returns by mail. Some are charging an extra fee if you don't use certain shippers or dropoff locations for returns. Some return windows are getting shorter. And some stores are even offering discounts if you promise not to return what you buy!


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How Hidden Fees Jack Up Concert Tickets

tickets Taylor Swift reportedly may rake-in half a billion dollars as she tours the country. And it is not just Ticketmaster that is getting a big chunk of that with fees tacked onto the price of each seat. StubHub, which helps individuals resell their own tickets, is also alleged to be misleading the public about its prices. They are accused of using all kinds of tactics like countdown clocks to spur fast decisions, and only disclosing a 25-percent or so service fee late in the buying process.

Consumer Alert

Fake Bank Warning Leads to Her Big Loss

[Ignore CBS ad at start.] A California woman got a text from her bank asking her to verify a particular out-of-state purchase. She told them it was not made by her. In a follow-up phone call to her, the crook, posing as a bank employee, told her they were going to issue her a new card. Then, using a clever verification trick, the crook gained access to her account and stole $160,000. Don't fall for this.

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Bargain of the Week

Up to 40 lbs of Cat Litter - Free After Rebate

Get up to a $22 rebate on Dr. Elsey's cat litter when you buy a bag in-store at Target, Walmart or a local independent retailer.

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Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports Rates Buy Now, Pay Later Apps

Turning layaway plans on their head, buy now, pay later works just the opposite. You take home the item now, and pay for it in a few installments interest-free. Some plans are better than others according to Consumer Reports. See their take on BNPL plans, and which score the highest.

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