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Sunday
Oct232011

New Blockbuster Unlimited Rental Plans

As reported by Consumerist:

Hoping to scoop up some customers who have fled Netflix and Redbox due to recent price increases, Blockbuster has launched a monthly subscription plan that provides unlimited, one-at-a-time rentals of games and movies, plus an additional film by mail each month. The challenge is to find a Blockbuster that's still open.

Home Media Magazine reports the plan, dubbed Blockbuster Movie Combo, costs $7.49 the first month, than $14.99 monthly afterward. Movie Combo will exist alongside movie and game rent-by-mail Blockbuster Total Access, which ranges from $9.99 to $19.99 a month.

 

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Thursday
Oct202011

Netflix Phishing Scam

There's an email that's been going around that pretends like it's from Netflix and they're having trouble with your credit card. Actually, it's from scammers and they want to steal your credit card.

A .zip file is attached to the email which says it's from "netflix@accounts.com." The instructions say that your credit card was declined and they need you to download the .zip, open the .zip in your browser, and enter your info.

Here's the full text of the email:

"Dear Netflix Member,

Your payment method was declined for one of several reasons, such as insufficient funds or an expired credit card.

To correct the problem, please update your credit card or add a new one in order to be able to use your Netflix account in the future.

This is a reminder to update your credit card as soon as possible.

Please download the form attached to this email, unzip it and open it in a web browser.
Once opened, you will be provided with steps to update your account.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure your account safety.

Sincerely,
Netflix Member Service,"


Source: Consumerist.com



Wednesday
Oct192011

Target's New Black Friday Policy?

This may be for only the store mentioned but I wonder if it's going to be a nationwide rule. Only letting in 30 people at a time? Those 30 people could still tramble each other. It doesn't seem fair to let the 30 (who probably camped out for 3 days), get everything. I think a more fair system would be to hold a lottery and the winning tickets get to buy the merchandise. Not whoever can stand being outside for days.

As reported by Consumerist:

Here's a crazy idea: let's construct a Black Friday sale in such a way as shoppers aren't hospitalized in a mad dash for deals. That's what one Target store in Indiana is doing, where the plan is to only let 30 people in the store at a time on the sale day after Thanksgiving.

"I work for a Target store in Indiana. A couple weeks ago, I was informed we will be opening at 4AM on Black Friday," writes our inside tipster. "Furthermore, we will be letting 30 people in at a time, so as to avoid a horrible mad rush."

I like it. Maybe the store won't get that pent-up fury as people compete for so-so deals like monkeys at a banana tree, but they'll probably also avoid the risk of a costly lawsuit. Plus, if your customers are stretched out in the hospital recovering from contusions, they're not shopping.

Tuesday
Oct182011

News: Chase Class Action Lawsuit

You can file to get $12 because of a settlement in a class action lawsuit against Chase which alleged the bank enticed customers with promo interest rates on balance transfers, but then didn't do a good enough job of telling them when the rates would expire.

If you were a Chase credit card customer who took a promotional check or balance transfer offer between Jan 15, 2006 and Feb 28, 2010 and got hit with finance charges due to the promo period expiring, you're eligible to file over at MilgramSettlement.com. You have until 11/03/11 to make your claim.

You can also mail your form to

Milgram v. Chase Bank Settlement Administrator
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
P.O. Box 808061
Petaluma, CA 94975-8061

Source: Consumerist

Saturday
Oct152011

News: Black Friday Early Start

The first Black Friday ad -- from hardware chain Harbor Freight Tools -- was leaked to deal sites earlier this week, officially kicking off the start of what has now become Black Friday season on the Web, a period where the nation's largest retailers leak their post-Thanksgiving shopping ads to different sites to try and entice shoppers out to their stores on the traditional holiday shopping kickoff.

This year, however, retail analysts are expecting a tougher sell, with only 44% of consumers saying they are likely to shop on Black Friday, down from 47% last year and 52% in 2009, according to a survey by Accenture.

Source: MSNMoney.com



Friday
Oct142011

News: Giant Eagle Lettuce Recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told Giant Eagle about the presence of listeria in a routine test of Giant Eagle Farmer's Market eight-ounce package of shredded iceberg lettuce, the company said in a statement dated Wednesday and appearing on the FDA website.

The lettuce was produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, with a use-by date of Oct. 14. There have been no reported cases of customer illness because of eating the food, it said.

Source: MSNBC.com

Friday
Oct142011

News: Making a Profit Off Selling Coupons

I've seen coupons for sale on Ebay, but never thought the sellers could be making that much profit. But according to this article, at least one person is making up to $400 a month! It brings up a few issues- first, isn't it illegal to sell coupons? And where are these people getting the large quantities of coupons? For more, keep reading.

Wednesday
Oct122011

News: Go To Japan For Free- 10,000 Free Plane Tickets 

Ever wanted to go to Japan? Now is your chance! The tourism agency says it plans to open a website to solicit applicants interested in the free tickets. They are choosing 10,000 people to receive free round-trip plane tickets.

To apply, would- be visitors will have to detail in writing their travel plans in Japan, and explain what they hope to get out of the trip. Successful applicants would pay for their own accommodation and meals. They would also be required to write a review their travel experiences, and post it online.

“We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” said Kazuyoshi Sato, with the agency.

More info here.

Source: Good Morning America