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September 2021

Watch out for timeshare exit companies that make your timeshare problems worse

We’ve all seen the TV ads, especially late at night, when the rates are cheaper. A guy says he can solve consumers’ timeshare problems and get them out of their contacts. If the exit company can’t get the contract canceled, he says, no worries, his company offers a money-back guarantee. Read more →


Be sure to watch the documentary series ‘LuLaRich’

Every consumer needs to watch the documentary series “LuLaRich,” about LuLaRoe, a multilevel marketing scheme that sells colorful clothes and tights. It’s on Amazon Prime and hopefully will be available elsewhere, too. It shows in detail the thin line between multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes. Read more →


Shower benches sold at Costco recalled because they may break unexpectedly

About 70,000 teak shower benches in the United States and about 11,317 in Canada are being recalled. The shower bench can collapse during use, posing a fall hazard to the user. Consumers have reported 81 incidents of the shower benches collapsing, breaking during use, or falling apart. Read more →


3.3 million Boppy infant cushions are being recalled after 8 deaths

Following reports of eight infant deaths associated with the Boppy Company’s lounger cushions, 3.3 million of the loungers are being recalled. The infants suffocated after being placed on their back, side, or stomach on the lounger and were found on their side or on their stomach. Read more →


Bloggers begin easing into fall after summer fun

In the Seattle area, we’ve had record rains Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That follows the last three months where only about 0.13 inches of rain fell. I went out Sunday when the fain stopped and checked my garden. I picked the last cucumbers and saw that a few zucchini are still growing. Read more →


Dog bowls are being recalled by PetSmart due to risk of cuts and scratches

PetSmart is recalling about 100,300 Top Paw Double Diner dog bowls. The gasket on the bottom of the dog bowls can come off, leaving an unfinished edge, posing a risk of cuts and scratches. PetSmart has received three reports of cuts and scratches to consumers’ hands. Read more →


USDA takes a step to reduce Salmonella infections in poultry, but more is needed, consumer group says

A new “key performance indicator” aimed at reducing Salmonella infections in poultry is being introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Consumer advocates have criticized federal meat and poultry inspection rules, saying they’re weak. Read more →