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What to buy and not buy at Black Friday deals for 2023

Although Black Friday is a few weeks away, you can find lots of deals available so you can start comparing prices now. Like last year, the 2023 holiday sale season started early, with major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target offering big sitewide events in early October. A difference is this year prices will remain steady through Black Friday. Read more →

Nearly 180,000 glass doorknobs are being recalled after breakage requires stitches

Make sure no one in your family has one of these defective doorknobs. Prime-Lone is recalling about 167,000 glass doorknobs in the United States and 10,265 in Canada. The doorknobs can crack and separate from the doorknob assembly, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The firm has received five reports of lacerations requiring stitches. Read more →

Top 10 consumer complaints for 2022

It’s not surprising what last year’s top consumer complaint was. I’ve seen it many times as No. 1 on annual consumer complaint lists. It’s auto sales and repair. “Consumers rely on cars to get to work, school, doctors’ appointments and more,” said Erin Witte, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. Read more →

More than 2 million sledgehammers are being recalled due to the head detaching

This recall is so large, it even made one of the national news programs recently. Stanley Black & Decker is recalling about 2.2 million DeWALT, Stanley and Craftsman fiberglass sledgehammers in the United States and an addition 53,000 in Canada. The sledgehammer head can loosen and detach unexpectedly during use. Read more →

What to do on Earth Day and all year to make a difference

Earth Day is a good reminder of what to do every day and throughout the year for the health of the planet. I spend a lot of time on it. I know many people do, too. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is Invest in Our Planet. Three-quarters of Americans say that they’re particularly concerned with helping the environment as they go about their daily lives. Read more →

Check your water bills regularly to make sure you don’t have a leak

It was upsetting to deal with possible leak in the water pipe that goes from my house to the meter box near the street. I had a repair made in 2019 for a leak and I didn’t know if that repair had failed or, since my home is about 45 years old, the water pipes were splitting due to age. Plastic pipes have a life span of about 50 years. Read more →

Tips for Cyber Monday shopping 2022

Fortunately, I was able to get a great deal on Black Friday. I need a new Apple iMac because I can no longer get updates for mine. It’s 12 years old. I’ve been watching the prices for the Apple 27” iMac with Retina 5K display for months. Finally, for Black Friday, Apple reduced the price $600. Read more →

Nearly 1.4 miter saws are being recalled by DeWALT due to injury and laceration risk

DeWALT is recalling about 1,364,000 12-inch Sliding Compound miter saws in the United States and about 118,600 in Canada. The miter saw’s rear safety guard can break or detach, posing an injury risk due to projectiles that can strike the user and bystanders and a laceration risk to the user. Read more →

FTC tells three companies they can’t void warranties or deny warranty service if others make repairs

When a consumer product goes bad – whether it’s a motor vehicle, home appliance, or something else – and it’s under warranty, you may want to take it to where you purchased it for repair. Or, you may choose an independent repair shop or a do-it-yourself solution. Read more →