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4 Holiday Gifts That Everyone Is Tired Of

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when people whine about how many people in our lives are important enough to us that we are obligated to give them gifts. Plenty of gift items seem like neutral gifts that just about anybody would like. They are not. Before you choose any of these default gifts, stop and think about what you’re doing, and whether the person will really like it. [More]

FTC Halts Debt Collection Company That Allegedly Used Illegal Tactics To Collect $8.7M

FTC Halts Debt Collection Company That Allegedly Used Illegal Tactics To Collect $8.7M

And another one bites the dust – kind of. The Federal Trade Commission, along with the New York Attorney General’s office, received an order to temporarily halt a Buffalo-based debt collection operation that allegedly used lies and threats to collect more than $8.7 million from consumers. [More]

Bad business move, bro.

Insulting A Customer On Facebook Won’t Reopen Those Restaurants You Had To Close

When you’re a chain restaurant that recently shuttered all but one location in a town, one might think you’d be a bit grumpy. Crankiness aside, firing a parting shot at a customer on Facebook, like one Houston Tex-Mex chain did, isn’t going to bring back those closed locations. Nope. All it’s going to do is anger and alienate your remaining customers. [More]

Kids' Fun Ruined When Easter Egg Hunt Is Canceled Due To Aggressive Parents

Kids' Fun Ruined When Easter Egg Hunt Is Canceled Due To Aggressive Parents

Tiny consumers across the country get amped up every year to run every which way, in search of Easter eggs and candy hidden in parks, on lawns and in backyards. But an Easter event that usually hosts hundreds of kids in Colorado has called off the hunt this year because parents were too aggressive last year. [More]

What Have You Been Doing Wrong All Your Life?

What Have You Been Doing Wrong All Your Life?

It’s an unnerving experience as an adult. You’re going along, being a good savvy consumer just like you always thought was the right way, only to discover in a flash that you’ve been doing it wrong all along. Has this happened to you recently? [More]

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/13/now-its-just-getting-ridiculous/

Now it’s just getting ridiculous: Here’s a job offer looking to hire a review spoofer, a’la Belkin. If you’re going to commit review fraud, then you should at least learn to be subtle about it.

How To Properly Work Your Ceiling Fan. Yeah, You Read That Right

How To Properly Work Your Ceiling Fan. Yeah, You Read That Right

Ceiling fans aren’t just on/off affairs, and it’s possible you could be using yours incorrectly. According to Consumer Reports, people get tripped up by the ability to reverse the direction of the blades…