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Have You Been Bamboozled?

Bamboo: it’s not just for tiki huts anymore. In fact, because it grows quickly and with little or no pesticide, it has become popular in products that range from flooring to furniture.

But according to recent FTC lawsuits against Amazon.com, Leon Max, Macy’s, and Sears, when it comes to soft textiles, like shirts or sheets, items that are advertised as bamboo are really rayon. What’s worse? Some bamboo wannabes were promoted as environmentally friendly, but manufacturing rayon — even when it’s made from bamboo — is far from a “green” process.
 

In the Wake of a Tragedy, Make Sure Donations Count

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, many people are looking for a way to help, like making a donation to a charity or fund.

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Did You Hear It Through the Grapevine?

Searching for a hot holiday gift? In the market for the perfect pump to wear to a special party? Scouring sites and blogs to find a deal? Online shopping is convenient, but how do you know which reviews to trust? 

If you’ve got a minute, here’s a video about how to read those reviews and recommendations you’re seeing on the screen.   
Online Reviews and Recommendations

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Happy Holiday 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 you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.

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Welcome to the FTC’s Home for Consumer Information

Looking for consumer resources from the FTC? They're at consumer.ftc.gov, a new URL for information from the nation's consumer protection agency.

Steering Clear of a Storm-Damaged Car

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Falsity

Hotel Fees That Are More Than You Bargained For

"Free Money" from the Government: Variations on a Scheme

Federal officials, consumer advocates, and businesses are hearing from people who have responded to ads, websites, phone calls, text messages, and visits from salespeople who claim the federal government will pay their bills – for everything from utilities, cable, and cell phones to their mortgages, student loans, and insurance premiums. The salespeople are scam artists. There is no federal bank account set up to pay your bills.

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