Feds Shut Down “Risk-Free” Online Marketing Scheme Peddling Golf, Kitchen Products

Feds Shut Down “Risk-Free” Online Marketing Scheme Peddling Golf, Kitchen Products

As we’ve mentioned before, many companies try to lure consumers into purchasing products — be it skincare treatments or weight-loss supplements — by plastering offers for “free” or “risk-free” trails on advertisements. But as federal regulators reminded us once again, these deals often aren’t free, and don’t come without risk[More]

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Class Action Over The Meaning Of ‘Sale’ Means Harbor Freight Customers Get Refunds

Have you shopped at any of discount tool chain Harbor Freight’s 750 U.S. stores recently? A recent class action settlement over the chain’s understanding of how a “sale” works means that customers can get refunds that range from 10% to 30% of whatever they spent at the store, or a $10 gift card. [More]

Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Risk

Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Risk

Last year, federal safety regulators recalled 501,000 ”hoverboards” from eight manufacturers amid concerns that the not-actually-hovering devices’ lithium-ion battery packs posed a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has added another manufacturer and 500 scooters to the recall list.  [More]

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GOP Pulls Obamacare Repeal Bill Minutes Before Scheduled House Vote

Facing all but certain death in the House of Representatives, the American Health Care Act — the budget resolution intended to repeal much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act — was pulled from consideration only minutes before legislators were set to vote. [More]

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says To Go See ‘LEGO Batman,’ One Of Many Movies He Produced

Many Americans got a lesson in federal ethics after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pushed Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on live TV. New Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin implied today that he’s aware of this ethical no-no, right before he advised families to go see LEGO Batman, one of many movies on which he’s got a producer credit. [More]

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Honest Co. Replaces Under-Filled Dish Detergent Bottles With Accurate Ones

We know when we go shopping that containers will usually have a bit of empty space at the top, a phenomenon called slack fill. In the case of Honest Co.’s popular dish detergent, bottles were under-filled by about 10%, and may have contained less detergent than stated on the label for years. [More]

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Instacart To Pay $4.6M, Revise Service Amount Description To Resolve Class Action Lawsuit

Back in 2015, and again last year, Instacart shoppers took their growing ire over worker classification, as well as tip and service amount changes, a step farther by suing the grocery delivery startup claiming it broke state and federal labor laws, the company has agreed to settle the class-action suit for $4.6 million. [More]

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Here’s How Macy’s Is Trying To Lure Shoppers

Despite the closure of dozens of stores and an all-but-dead takeover deal, Macy’s isn’t quite ready to throw in the ol’ retail towel. Instead, the company is focusing on the future, implementing new services, revamping store features, and revising coupons in a bid to bring in shoppers.  [More]

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Report: Facebook, Amazon Among Tech Giants Interested In Streaming Thursday NFL Games

If the news that Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and YouTube are all reportedly interested in streaming Thursday night NFL games sounds familiar, that’s because these same rumors swirled last year. [More]

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T-Mobile Adds Free Scam Call Warning System To Customers’ Phones

If telecoms and regulators can’t agree on blocking known scam callers and robocalls at the source, can’t our devices at least warn us when a call is coming from a known scam number? T-Mobile has added anti-scam features for its customers in programs that it’s calling Scam ID and Scam Block. [More]

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Amazon Prime Air Drone Drops Off Sunscreen In First U.S. Demo

When Amazon completed its first ever drone delivery in the United Kingdom last year, the company released official footage touting its latest milestone. But its first demo flight on this side of the pond was a much quieter affair, captured by a bystander at a recent company event. [More]

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AT&T, Feds Settle Dodgers Lawsuit Over SportsNet LA; Blackout To Continue

The Department of Justice and AT&T settled a lawsuit claiming DirecTV — which AT&T purchased in 2015 — colluded unlawfully with other carriers about their negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the only cable channel in Los Angeles to air most Dodgers games. But that doesn’t mean the cable provider will be adding the channel to its lineup anytime soon. [More]

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Pilots’ Union: American Airlines Left 20K Standby Passengers Behind At The Gate

For an airline, taking off on time is crucial to maintain a good on-time performance rating. But in an effort to keep those numbers up, a pilots’ union says American Airlines is abdandoning thousands of standby passengers at the gate. [More]

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Police: Man Hid In Sears Store At Closing Time, Tried To Steal $830K In Jewelry

At closing time in any store, you want to make sure that no one is hiding out inside, planning to pull off a heist once all of the employees have left. That never really happens, though, right? A man in suburban Maryland is accused of hiding in a Sears, then smashing jewelry display cases with a hammer and stealing their contents. [More]

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GameStop Closing At Least 150 Stores This Year Amid Falling Sales

Efforts by GameStop to drum up business — through the phenomenon that was Pokemon Go and diversifying its portfolio by acquiring more than 500 new AT&T dealer stores — were no match for consumers’ changing preference for digital downloads over physical copies. To that end, the struggling retailer will close at least 150 stores by the end of the year.  [More]

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British Airways Rolling Out Face-Scanning Technology For Speedier Boarding

No matter how fast gate agents work, the boarding process can feel like an interminable nightmare filled with people shuffling slowly forward, just itching for their chance to hand over their boarding pass or scan their phone. British Airways thinks it can speed things up by using passengers’ faces as boarding passes. [More]

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933,272 Pounds Of Breaded Chicken Recalled Over Possible Metal Pieces

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it plenty of times: Food with pieces of metal inside are not tasty or safe. The most recent example of extraneous metal pieces in food comes from OK Foods, which has recalled more than 930,000 pounds of breaded chicken. [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are six of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]