Pardon the rant, but I simply can’t stand it when companies don’t stand behind their products or guarantees. Here goes… For all of our married life, my wife and I have slept on Simmons Beautyrest mattresses. And, for the most part, we’ve loved them. That said, we started having mattress […]
Consumer News & Views
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, once said “What consumerism really is, at its worst, is getting people to buy things that don’t actually improve their lives.”
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This page is home to articles about all aspects of consumerism. Buying, selling, advertising (marketing), comparison shopping, customer service issues, and more. It’s all here.
We’re in the process of buying a new car. And when you buy a new car, you need to have insurance coverage before you drive away. If this is your first car, you’ll need to set something up with an insurance company before completing the transaction. But what if you […]
Guess what? Stamp prices are going up. Again. Effective tomorrow (Jan 26, 2014) a first class stamp will increase from 46 to 49 cents. That’s for a 1 ounce letter. Additional ounces will likewise be increasing from 20 to 21 cents. And postcards will go from 33 to 34 cents. […]
This past weekend, while at Home Depot picking up supplies for a few household repairs, I wound up buying our first LED lightbulbs. As I mentioned last month, I’ve decided to start switching to LED lightbulbs as our CFL bulbs burn out. Well, we lost another bulb so I decided […]
Are you planning on using TurboTax to do your taxes this year? If so, this might be of interest… Anyone who uses TurboTax to file their taxes can get up to 10% extra on their tax refund by electing to receive some (or all) of it in the form of […]
Have you ever been to a restaurant where the menus are labeled with the calorie contents of each dish? They don’t label menus around here, but I often see it when I travel. And, though such labels may have little effect on the average diner, seeing those numbers always makes […]
How do you think your spending will change in retirement? Will it increase? Will it decrease? Or will it stay the same? When it comes to retirement planning, investors are often advised that they’ll most likely spend considerably less in retirement than they do during their working years. After all, […]
With the holiday shopping season in high gear, I just wanted to share some Amazon shopping tips… The first is that, for those with Amazon Prime, you can get an extra month of Prime added to your account (a so-called “Prime Extension”) if they miss the promised delivery date. Policy […]