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Thursday
May262016

Amazon Stops Price Matching

TechCrunch reports that Amazon quietly changed its price protection policy to exclude all products except for televisions.

Previously, the company’s policy allowed customers to request a refund if the price of a purchase dropped within seven days.

The policy change took effect in early May, but the company continued to honor price-matching requests for a period of time, TechCrunch reports.

For example, an email viewed by TechCrunch showed the typical seven-day price-match still occurring on April 28.

Days later on May 2, an email from the company described the policy change, stating: “We work hard to find the best prices out there and match them for all customers every day. Our prices do change over time. with the exception of TVs, Amazon.com doesn’t offer post-purchase adjustments.”

Under the new policy, Amazon says it will also price-match competitors’ prices for televisions.

“Customers who find a lower price on another qualifying retailer’s website within 30 days after your purchase date, let us know and we’ll refund you on an Amazon.com gift card, taking any differences in shipping and promotions into account.”

As for Amazon’s own prices on TVs, the retailer says that if it lowers its price within 30 days of purchase, customers can notify the company and obtain a refund.

Source: Consumerist.com

Friday
May202016

Family Dollar Class Action Lawsuit


Calling all Family Dollar shoppers!

If you received text message advertisements by or on behalf of Family Dollar from October 16, 2013 through March 7, 2016, you can submit a claim in the Reginald Moore v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Settlement. This settlement is a result of Family Dollar violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting customers without prior express written consent.

Am I included in this settlement?

A total of 265,000 consumers were recipients of these text messages and should have received a notice/postcard in the mail – the text messages came from the short code 28767. If you did not receive a postcard but you think you may be included, you can call 1-844-202-5254 for more information.

What do I need to do?

Class Members who submit valid Claim Forms here before the deadline of June 3, 2016 will each receive a share of the $1.5 Million Settlement Fund. Although the exact amount of your payment cannot be calculated at this time, you are estimated to receive $45 in cash as well as a $30 Family Dollar gift card.

Friday
Mar112016

Recall: Trader Joe's Pistachios


Recall of In-Shell, Roasted Pistachios that the following products with the "BEST IF USED BY" date codes from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 04 may be contaminated with Salmonella:

Trader Joe's Dry Roasted & Unsalted Pistachios (UPC 0007 9990)
Trader Joe's Dry Roasted & Salted Pistachios (UPC 0007 9983)
Trader Joe's 50% Less Salt Roasted & Salted Pistachios (UPC 0011 1348)

These products are packaged in 16 oz plastic bags with the with code information on the back of the package, along the bottom. The products were distributed to Trader Joe's stores nationwide.

Out an abundance of caution, all lots of our Dry Roasted & Unsalted PistachiosRoasted & Salted Pistachios, and 50% Less Salt Roasted & Salted Pistachios have been removed from store shelves and their sale has been suspended while the issue is investigated.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

If you purchased any of these In-Shell, Roasted Pistachio products with the specified BEST IF USED BY dates from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 04, please do not eat them. We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund.

If you have any questions, you may call Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time].

Friday
Mar112016

Consumer News: Apple E-Book Class Action

The settlement is not for people who purchased books from Apple’s iBooks store: they’re included, but the price-fixing settlement includes people who purchased any e-book from Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group USA, and Simon & Schuster. Thanks to the vast array of imprints each publisher puts out, those could be under any of dozens of names: you can find a full list of imprints that would have been included in the suit in this PDF document.

$400 million of Apple’s settlement is earmarked for refunds to e-book customers. Appleinsider reports that you can expect between $6.05 and $6.54 for each bestseller purchased during the key period, and between $1.39 and $1.50 for each non-bestseller. You will not receive settlement funds for books that you downloaded for free, rented, or received as gifts. The books had to be purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 31, 2012.

However, the easiest way to know whether you’ll be receiving money from Apple is if you have already received money from your e-book platform(s) of choice. Google required affected users to file claim forms by October 31, 2014, and Sony issued payments automatically, but as paper checks. The other major e-book platforms automatically issued credits to users, and will do the same again once the Apple settlement is finalized.

If you need to update your contact information with the e-book stores, the state attorneys general behind the antitrust suit can direct you to the places where you should update your information for each store.

How to find out if you are included in Apple’s $450M e-book settlement[Appleinsider]
Attorney General and Class Apple E-book Settlement

Source: Consumerist

Thursday
Mar102016

Recall: Nestle Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, DiGiorno

Nestlé USA says several customers found glass in some of the products, though no injuries have been reported.

“Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the glass is spinach that was an ingredient common to the products subject to this recall,” the company said in a press release.

Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead contact Nestlé Consumer Services at 1-800-681-1676.

The recall is limited to the products listed here.

Friday
Feb262016

Domino's: New Rewards Program

Domino's Piece of the Pie Rewards programHave you joined Domino’s Piece of the Pie Rewards program? If not, head over here, log in/create a Pizza Profile and then be sure to check the box to join Piece of the Pie Rewards when you check out. Then each time you place an online order of $10 or more (including tax and delivery charge), you will earn 10 points – limit one per day. Once you have earned 60 total points, you can use these points online to score a FREE medium 2-topping pizza by simply clicking the REDEEM button in your Free Pizza Meter.

Tuesday
Feb232016

17 Cool Birthday Freebies for Kids

Here are 17 cool things your kiddos can get for FREE for their birthday!
Tuesday
Feb232016

27 Ways to Save on Groceries

Keep reading for 27 ways to save on your groceries.