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June 2010

Big Fireworks recalls Super Lightning Rockets due to burn hazard

About 4,700 Super Lightning Rockets are being recalled by Big Fireworks. The rockets are overloaded with pyrotechnic composition, violating the federal regulatory standard for the product. This could result in a greater than expected explosion, posing a risk of burns and bodily harm to nearby consumers. No injuries have been... Read more →


What were you best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer experiences cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Getting a new iMac Saturday I picked up my new 27-inch iMac. The one I’d purchased in 2008 gave me eye strain.... Read more →


Ethnic plastic surgeries, procedures increasing in popularity

Asia is now the world's second-largest plastic-surgery hub after the United States. Plastic surgery is a $2.4-billion-a-year business in China. In Japan, consumers spend $18.4 million on it annually. In the past three years, India has experienced a 15 percent growth in plastic surgery. Here’s what Asian women are spending... Read more →


Beware of door-to-door meat sellers

Every summer, the Better Business Bureau receives complaints from consumers who purchased meat from door-to-door sellers and were dissatisfied with the quality or even claim to have gotten food poisoning. For example, the BBB in Denver issued a warning recently about mounting complaints against Skyline Steak and Seafood Company. Customers... Read more →


Latest phone scam targets your bank account

Denial-of-service attacks – when computer hackers take down websites by flooding them with large amounts of traffic – are being transferred to telephones. You get hundreds or thousands of calls on your home, business, or cell phone, tying up the lines. When you answer, you hear anything from dead air... Read more →