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Best Buy Will Bring Back Free Shipping On All Online Purchasesbest_buyconsumerlaura

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:59:26 +0000

When does the “holiday season” begin? Apparently, for Best Buy, it still begins in late October. The Minnesota-based electronics retailer is re-introducing free shipping for the holiday shopping season, from now through Dec. 24. We’re in the holiday shopping season? Does Best Buy sell Halloween costumes now? Sure, this is not much of a deal, since Best Buy normally offers …

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Airbnb Sues New York Over New Short-Term Rentals Law, State Won’t Enforce It Yetapartmentsconsumerlaura

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:43:08 +0000

The latest govermnent to impose rules on short-term rental site Airnbnb is New York: while the law is statewide, it’s mostly intended to clamp down on whole-apartment rentals that critics say are affecting the supply and prices of housing in New York City. The governor signed the law on Friday, and Airbnb immediately sued. Now the state won’t enforce …

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AT&T, Time Warner Stock Prices Fall Slightly Amid Merger Skepticismhbattchrismorranconsumerist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:14:47 +0000

Before the $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner was official, it was already being decried by people in both presidential campaigns, consumer advocates, lawmakers, and former regulators. Amid this backlash to the news, both companies’ values have taken a bit of a ding today. As of this afternoon, share prices for AT&T and Time Warner Inc. were both …

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Chipotle Reassures Customers That Guacamole Supply Is Not Threatened By Avocado Shortageguacamolemarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:53:06 +0000

Despite an ongoing avocado shortage that has already affected some in the food industry, Chipotle is reassuring customers that no, the chain will not run out of guacamole, and no, prices for the stuff won’t go up. It’s a perfect storm of bad news for avocado lovers, with a growers strike in Mexico and a drought in California affecting crops, …

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Breakfast Cereals In Girl Scout Cookie Flavors Are Now A Thingthinmintscaramelcerealconsumerlaura

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:09:24 +0000

The Girl Scout Cookie marketing train runs year-round, even if the cookies themselves are only available for a limited period every year. The Scouts have been licensing their brand names and flavors for a while now, resulting in derivative products like licensed toy cookie ovens, lip balm, and licensed ice cream bars. Now they’ll be available as a …

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Lawsuit: Bath & Body Works Portable Fragrances Can Melt Into A Leaky Messscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-2-54-49-pmmarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:06:09 +0000

Maybe you’ve been there: the inside of your car smells like something crawled into the glovebox and died. Folks often turn to scented products that can help allay some of that funk. But one woman who bought refills for Bath & Body Works’ “Scentportables” says the products turned into a hot mess with no warning. A Florida woman filed a …

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Only 52% Of Patients With Most Common Infections Receive Recommended Antibioticssplitheadchrismorranconsumerist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:26:43 +0000

Earlier this year, a study showed that nearly one-in-three antibiotics prescriptions in the U.S. aren’t necessary, and a new analysis of available medical data claims that only half of the people who receive antibiotics for the most common types of infection are receiving the right kind of drug. This is according to the latest joint report from the Pew …

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Alaska Air Manages To Fight Off JetBlue’s Effort To Nab Havana Flighthavanacubastreetviewmarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:07:04 +0000

Now that the Department of Transportation has given approval to eight airlines to start scheduled passenger flights to Cuba’s capital city of Havana, one might think that the elbowing and jockeying for spots would be over. Not so, as some airlines are still trying to nab coveted flights from other carriers — and failing, in the case of JetBlue.…

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Webcam Maker To Recall Products Linked To Last Week’s Internet Crashwebcamashleekielerconsumerist

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:26:39 +0000

In the wake of a denial of service attack that bogged down sites like Twitter, Github, Reddit, Airbnb, and many others at various times on Friday, one company is recalling webcams that may have been used to aid hackers in taking these popular sites offline. Reuters reports that Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Ltd announced the recall of …

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The Inside Story Of How Samsung Botched The Galaxy Note 7 Recallnote7consumerlaura

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:56:49 +0000

One important decision by Samsung executives turned the Galaxy Note 7 from a big but manageable product defect to a brand-destroying disaster. Reports from all over the world were coming in of Galaxy Note 7 fires, along with pressure from mobile carriers and from customers to do something about it. Yet the company didn’t know exactly what was causing the …

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