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Survey: 9 in 10 Americans say they’ve experienced inflation, shortages as economy reopens

As covid-19 restrictions were lifted and the economy continued to reopen over the past three months, most Americans say they’ve been impacted in the marketplace, according to survey for Consumer Reports, a consumer testing and advocacy organization. Read more →


Top 10 consumer complaints for 2020

Pandemic-related problems are among the top 10 complaints made to state and local consumer agencies in 2020, according to an annual survey by Consumer Federation of America. They also topped the lists of worst, fastest-growing, and new complaints. “COVID-19 generated complaints about everything from appliance repairs to childcare, trash pick-up... Read more →


Klein Tools recalls non-contact voltage testers due to shock hazard

Klein Tools is recalling about 1,690,000 non-contact voltage testers in the U.S. and 67,800 in Canada. The on/off button can remain depressed during the power on or power off cycle. Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned about live voltage, posing a shock hazard to the users. Read more →


Consumer Reports recommendations on specific products to be easily available to consumers before they buy autos, other products in new program

Consumer Reports is launching CR Recommended, a program to bring Consumer Reports recommendations easily to consumers before they buy autos and other products. When consumers shop online, at a dealership, or in a store, they’ll see a “CR Recommended” mark for products. Read more →


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This week, I wrote the 100th issue of my newsletter Helpful Money Tips for You. To celebrate, instead of offering my usual 10 tips, I offered 100. To sign up to get my free newsletter, go to http://eepurl.com/gkZ6JH. You'll get it in your email. Read more →


Hampton Bay Mara ceiling fans are being recalled by King of Fans due to injury hazard

King of Fans is recalling about 182,000 Hampton Bay Mara ceiling fans in the United States and about 8,800 in Canada. The blades can detach from the fan while in use, posing an injury hazard to consumers. The firm has received 47 reports of the blade detaching from the fan. Read more →


Home Depot to pay $17.5 million to settle huge 2014 data breach lawsuit

The Home Depot will pay $17.5 million to resolve investigations into its 2014 data breach that exposed the payment card information of about 40 million Home Depot customers across the nation. Hackers gained access to the company's network and put malware on its self-checkout system. Read more →


HKC-US is recalling Kingsbury 70-inch ceiling fans due to laceration injury hazard

About 280,000 Kingsbury 70-inch ceiling fans are being recalled by HKC-US. The light globe can fall from its housing, posing an impact and laceration injury hazards. HKC-US has received 76 reports of the light globe falling, including four laceration injuries. Read more →


What to buy and not buy on Amazon Prime Day

This year, instead of Amazon Prime Day being in July, it’s Oct. 13 and 14. What bargains should you look for? The most important thing to do is to compare prices. The “bargain” may or may not be saving you any money. Read more →