Tag: shopping

Still doing your holiday shopping? Many of us are. Whether you’re shopping online, by phone, or in stores, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has a gift for you — a dozen dynamic holiday shopping tips to help...

The law says that reviewers should disclose their connection to a company but not all of them do.  The video encourages people to learn as much as they can. Before buying anything based on a review, search online for information and credible...

When you book a hotel room online, you expect that the rate you see is the rate you’ll pay, right?

To help make sure that’s the case, the FTC is sending warning letters to 22 online hotel reservation sites that may be violating the law by...

It pays to be an informed travel shopper. Ask your friends or family for recommendations and search for company reviews online. And be skeptical if someone says that you’ve won a “free” vacation. Don’t share your credit card information — even if...

Newer light bulbs use lumens to measure the bulb's brightness — not watts. The next time you shop for a light bulb, look for the amount of lumens and the new Lighting Facts label. Learn more about energy efficiency at ftc.gov/green.

Some companies offer “free” trials for their products, but don’t make their cancellation policies obvious. The result? You could end up paying for that “free” trial every month. Learn how to avoid the costs hidden in the fine print.

The latest "gas-saving" gizmos don't deliver as promised, and may lead you to spend more than save. But there are easy steps you can take to increase your gas mileage and stretch your gas dollars.

A new car is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase many consumers make. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States is about $30,000. That’s why it’s important...

Planning to do some painting? If finding paint low in VOCs — volatile organic compounds — is important to you, remember: you need to look for low-VOC or VOC-free base paint and colorant. When stores make different colors, the tints they add may...

Recycling symbols and labeling rules help you know whether a product or package is recyclable or made of recycled materials. Sounds straightforward enough. But every community’s recycling program is different. Just because a product or package...

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