Tag: shopping

Thinking about using a company, product, or service based on online reviews? You’re probably interested in getting the best service – and price – for your money. You might have read what other customers have written to help with your decision....

Who knows where you are right now? The apps on your smartphone might — even if you’re not using them.

You might find this helpful — for example, a map app that tracks your location in the background may give you directions more quickly. Or...

Being a dog owner isn't just about walks in the park. Your furry pal needs supplies too, like nutritious food, safe squeaky toys and waste bags for cleanup. Chances are, you rely on ads and product labels when you shop, so it’s important they...

Planning a funeral can be challenging, but accurate information can help you sort through your options. Under the FTC’s Funeral Rule, providers have to give you information about the funeral goods and services they offer. But, according to the...

If you have items to sell — whether they’re quirky, quaint, chic or practical — you might want to sell through an online auction. If you do, check around to see how different sites operate. Learn about sellers’ responsibilities and best practices...

Online auctions offer you a chance to shop for everything from travel mugs to travel trailers. As you check out items, check out the auction site, too. Before you commit your money or personal information, get to know how the site and seller...

Recycling symbols and labeling rules help you know whether a product or package is recyclable or made with recycled materials. But just because a product or package has the universal recycling symbol or says it’s recyclable doesn’t mean it can...

Do you want to buy products that are good for the environment? Many companies bet that you do. They make claims and design packages to promote the green attributes of their products. But what do those claims tell you?

The Green Guides,...

It’s about that time again. Are you ready?

Every year, National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) encourages people and businesses to learn more about avoiding scams and understanding consumer rights. This year, NCPW takes place March 1-7,...

Some businesses seem to have short memories. Case in point: In 2012, Billion Auto, a chain of family-owned auto dealerships, agreed to an FTC settlement order that required them not to run deceptive ads for the financing and leasing of their...

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