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Banks To Be Protected From Consumers

Banks To Be Protected From Consumers

Banks to collect fees before credit cards are used The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is changing its mission. The agency was formed in 2009 to protect consumers from exorbitant—and often hidden—fees. That role posed a problem for those banks that now want to sign up consumers with poor credit card histories. Solution? Change the Consumer […]

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Caraway Seed Implantation Device

Caraway Seed Implantation Device

Seed Imp© to the rescue! Responses to my Feb 9 post (about Whole Foods Seeded Jewish Rye Bread sold without the seeds) have inspired the design sketched here. A self-help problem solver, it hinges together two molded pieces of high-impact, transparent, dishwasher safe plastic. I call it the Seed Imp©.   Instructions: –Place device on a […]

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Do-It-Yourself Jewish Seeded Rye Bread

Do-It-Yourself Jewish Seeded Rye Bread

What did Whole Foods do with the caraway seeds? Letter To: Whole Foods Corporate, 550 Bowie Street, Austin TX 78703 The label affixed to your bread package says ORGANIC JEWISH SEEDED RYE BREAD. It is a rye bread. I’ll take your word about it being Jewish and organic. But where are the seeds? It was […]

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Mango Mystery Solved

Mango Mystery Solved

In Ecuador, they take mangoes seriously Last week, a mango, labeled as “sweet,” had had enough time to ripen. It felt right and looked right. Yet when I cut a slice for breakfast, it was sour. I reacted the way any self-respecting consumerist would: After coffee, I sent an email to the Ecuador Mango Foundation […]

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Local Coffee Beans From Brooklyn

Local Coffee Beans From Brooklyn

Are they near the tree that grew in Brooklyn? If you think about where coffee beans are grown, Brooklyn does not spring to mind—unless you are a marketing exec at Whole Foods. Coffee and Brooklyn call up images of little coffee shops in Brooklyn, not big plantations near the Brooklyn Bridge. Whole Foods marketing wants […]

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Corp-Speak

Business Language Translated for Consumers Corp-Speak  1. Corporate: use words and phrases without fully informing consumers, alarming stockholders or alerting regulators. 2. Consumerist: create new words and define old to assist consumers in clarification of corporate language. Corporations hire experts to massage language used in promotions, guarantees and plea bargains. The corporate concern is that anything […]

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A Corporate Pincer Episode

Abuse Cluster pin•cer  double envelopment military movement Being abused by one large corporation is bad enough. If several gang up, we consumerists are in a pincer. When my wife’s Microsoft Outlook email stopped working last week, each of the corporations needed for the service tried to send me to one of the others: Covad Communications […]

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FTC CAPs Scamsters

CONSUMER SENTINEL  NETWORK I have uncovered a secret weapon used by the Federal Trade Commission: CAP. It’s the acronym for Collect-And-Post. It is the weapon of choice for battling scamsters that engage in credit card fraud, identity theft and Do-Not-Call violations. When consumers report them, the scamsters are listed on the Consumer Sentinel Network. The […]

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I AM MY OWN METER READER

I AM MY OWN METER READER

Will PSE&G Certify Me? Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G ) sent me a letter-size sheet with 6 sets of 4 pictures of dials without hands. It says to “draw the hands on the dials” and “then place this card [there is no card] in a window where it can be seen by the meter […]

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HELPFUL DEFINITIONS OF FRESH

HELPFUL DEFINITIONS OF FRESH

15-20 Days Is Fresher Than 180 Greenline Foods of Perrysburg Ohio usually gets its beans right. It told me its beans are harvested ready to eat, quickly processed (within 24 hours), “trimmed and washed” and bagged into one and two pound bags. Two words on the front of the package promise FRESH GREEN BEANS And […]

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