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How can I use PKI encryption for personal stuff?

At work, I can digitally sign and encrypt emails using digital certificates on my ID (and a card reader attached to my laptop). It integrates decently with Outlook and Acrobat. It's 2014. What are my PKI options for personal use? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Mar 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommend me stores known for quality goods

Partner & I have decided to vote with our dollar by only purchasing quality long-lasting goods, or going without. We will pay more if the quality is clearly there. Rather than waste time driving from store to store, only to find junk, I'm looking for stores known for quality items. Difficulty Level: Sisyphean... [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Feb 24, 2014 - 29 answers

Can I get a medical device for less?

The co-pay is still high, because the device's mark-up seems ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 answers

What pillow should I buy?

I need to purchase three pillows. I have the internet, Costco, Sam's Club, WalMart, Target, Kohls, and the other usual suspects from whom I can purchase the thing. What's the best pillow to gt? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Good headphones for blocking out all work chatter

I'm currently working in a smallish office where people arrayed around a group of tables chat to each other during the day. I'm hoping to find very comfortable headphones for listening to music (mostly just soft wordless music - my base station is Pandora's 'classical for studying' station) that will let me not hear voices, but also will not leak and be obnoxious for my colleagues. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jun 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Patent Pedant?

I can't decide if I'm being unrealistic about my expectations for these shoes. Help me decide, should I try and return them or live with them? Pics of damage from one day of wear included. [more inside]
posted by Ness on Jun 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Zillions Magazine equivalents for Kids These Days?

Are there any current equivalents of Zillions Magazine in any format? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Apr 5, 2013 - 3 answers

A stand against estate agents?

UK Estate Agents - worth taking a stand? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Suspicious about my "new" camera

I bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 camera from 42photo.com. It arrived last week. It's supposed to be new, but I think it's previously-owned. [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Legit or fake Canadian consumer survey?

Canadian filter: Consumer Research Centre survey from 2012 Consumer Product Survey of British Columbia, from Diane Simon, offering a possible $2,500 from answering a 16-page survey. Legit or fake? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

In search of ultra light laptop bag

I lost the practically weightless (Muji) laptop bag of my dreams and it seems to be out of production. Please help me find it or something equivalent? [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jul 13, 2012 - 9 answers

I didn't order the paint chips!

How to deal with a car dealer for problems with new car before delivery? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on May 16, 2012 - 13 answers

I got scammed??

Did I just get scammed on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on May 14, 2012 - 39 answers

I think I need a lawyer for a liability case (Detroit area)

How can I determine the best way to find a lawyer to work on a consumer liability case that is not the stereotypical ambulance chaser, slip and fall guy? All I want is what is fair. I am in the Detroit (Northern) suburbs.
posted by Drasher on Apr 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Consumer Reports - single copy

Consumer Reports - How can I buy (over the internet) the April issue of Consumer Reports? Difficulties, I live 1/2 hour outside of the shopping areas. Also I'm not really interested in subscribing but if that's the best way then I understand.
posted by notned on Apr 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Value of Angie’s List?

If a vendor is listed on Angie’s list, does that IN ITSELF carry weight with you? Why? And as to the reviews, pro or con, how do you know they’re not fake?
posted by LonnieK on Mar 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Neuro drinks - what's your take?

Neuro drinks - Legit or bogey? What are your experiences with these products? [more inside]
posted by HolyWood on Feb 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Trying to find the best light sling backpack ever

Please help me find another incarnation of the best school orientation giveaway ever, my perfect one shoulder, cross body bag. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jan 21, 2012 - 11 answers

How can Consumer reports keep companies from quoting their ratings?

How can Consumer reports keep companies from quoting their ratings? [more inside]
posted by bensherman on Jan 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Who Handles Complaints About Drug Shortages?

We're all suffering from the Adderall Shortage of 2011 - even those of us who actually have legit prescriptions (raises hand!) whose work is starting to suffer as a result. I've read a lot of articles and still have no idea why the shortage exists - and at this point, I don't really care. I just want to know who to complain to. What agency/person/organization would be most "helpful" after receiving my thoughts on this shortage? This is in NJ, but it's a nationwide shortage, so, I'm sure other people need to complain too.
posted by bfu on Dec 7, 2011 - 7 answers

What info does paypal give to a seller

Curious about this question. What information does pay pal give about a buyer to the seller?
posted by conrad101 on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Visa debit card consumer protections

Who pays the fees on a Visa debit card (when used as a Visa); and when used as a Visa, do standard credit card consumer protection laws apply, or the much weaker debit card protections? [more inside]
posted by pla on Aug 23, 2011 - 8 answers

What laptop should I buy?

I need to buy a new PC laptop and have no clue where to start. My criteria: Good hardware, sleek design, good speakers, AWESOME customer service, NOT a macbook, under $900. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Is this company guilty of false advertising/misrepresentation? Can I do anything?

Is this a simple case of "Buyer Beware" or is this company guilty of misrepresentation? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on May 5, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get technology to work in a sewing class?

How can ICT be better used in Home Economics (or if you like, with the economics and management of the home and community) also known in some places as family and consumer sciences? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Or failing that, a time portal to 2005 and $100 or so in appropriately dated bills...

Does anyone make a thumb drive that plays MP3s? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 16, 2010 - 24 answers

Sleepy's Mattress Box Spring Not Singing Me To Sleep???

My Sleepy's mattress & box spring make creaking noises when I make the slightest movement in bed, help me successfully return or exchange them! [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on May 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Investment china vs paper plates

Inspired by Captain Samuel Vimes: what items are worth buying cheap, and which are worth buying better quality? Household, clothing, kitchen and otherwise - all types welcome.
posted by mippy on May 10, 2010 - 32 answers

We're listening in.

"Your call may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance purposes". Okay, but do I have to tell you someone else is monitoring the call on my end? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Apr 26, 2010 - 15 answers

No Mortgage = Mo' Money?

Do you know anyone who has "Strategically Defaulted" on their mortgage and is instead spending what would be their mortgage payment on consumer goods? [more inside]
posted by de void on Apr 21, 2010 - 17 answers

banking:filter:What, if anything, should I do about BofA closing/cancelling my credit cards ....because I paid them off?

I had two Bank of America credit cards. Both were of the high interest types (21% and 25% interest). I owed in the area of 5 thousand dollars total and I knew that it was time to bite the bullet and take the money out of my savings to pay them off. I may have been late in payments a few times (not often) and usually I only paid the minimum payment due. I naively thought paying them off completely would be viewed as a positive thing. I paid them both off just days ago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 - 22 answers

The American dream (made in China)

Economics for clotheshorses: Help me learn how consumer goods and services & manufacturing and business practices have changed for better and/or worse. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Trickle down, one person at a time

Where to find companies that pay a 'living wage'? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Feb 1, 2010 - 34 answers

Good Prepaid Cellphone for Austin, Tx?

Hey there, I hate dealing with credit cards, signing contracts. Need a good simple and reliable Prepaid cell phone. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Nov 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Prepaid Cellphone For NYC That Is Not Virgin Mobile?

I need a prepaid cellphone service in NYC that is NOT Virgin Mobile. Looking to pay about $10 a month. Don't need lots of fancy telecom doo-dads. Just need decent reception and reliable service and voicemail. What are my options? How about Verizon? Are they any good? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Refunds from UK merchant

I mailed $20 cash to a British merchant to pay for an item ordered via email. The merchant refused to accept cash insisting payment only via Paypal. I refuse to use Paypal because of two previous bad experiences. The British merchant said they would return my cash but hasn't and no longer replies to my emails. What recourse do I have to get my money back and or file a complaint against the merchant? I'm in the USA.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Oct 22, 2009 - 30 answers

Invoices and consumer rights

IANALFilter: What legal rights does having an invoice grant a buyer? [more inside]
posted by Neale on Oct 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Calling all MeFi Greasemonkeys!

Could brake pads wear down from 50% worn to metal against metal after one 12 hour round trip to Yosemite? (See details) [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Sep 1, 2009 - 17 answers

What are good data sources for laptop and PC sales?

Where can I find detailed sales data on best-selling laptops and PCs? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Aug 25, 2009 - 1 answer

How do I fix my friends kitchen stove issue?

Kitchen appliances: What remedies do you have when an appliance purchase and installation goes wrong? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Aug 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Undercharged for DSL and land line. Now what?

Telecom has undercharged me for DSL and land line service the past couple months. Is this going to bite me in the butt? If so, when and how severely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I work towards more consumer transparency?

How can I work towards more consumer transparency? [more inside]
posted by Vidamond on Jul 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Which prepaid cell company to use?

PrepaidCellFilter: Two questions about prepaid cell plans: 1. Can I use a phone I buy off eBay with one of these plans, or is it essential to use the phones provided by the carrier? 2. If I'm mostly interested in texting, which prepaid cell provider would be the best for me? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 21, 2009 - 10 answers

I Can't Get No Satisfaction

How to you curb your desire for material goods? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 21, 2009 - 38 answers

Is a CA store compelled to honor the price shown?

Was at Best Buy today. They had the Flip Ultra HD on display - an employee led me right to it when asked. The price card said $150. As I suspected, they'd mixed it up with the Flip Ultra II. Is there anything in California state law that requires them to honor the price shown? I've been in this situation before and I'm never sure if I'm in the right to insist that they honor the price displayed. I thought there were consumer protection laws governing this stuff, to keep the retailers honest and make them care about accuracy, but I don't really know.
posted by scarabic on May 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me buy a foam mattress on a budget

How can I find the best foam mattress on a limited (<$400) budget? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 13, 2009 - 8 answers

How does a consumer-based economy generate wealth?

Economics newb asks: how does a consumer-based economy generate wealth? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Feb 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Photos + Demographic Data = Useful ?

I have thousands of photographs of the insides of closets, refrigerators, cabinets, medicine chests, etc., all of which have a decent amount of demographic data attached to each photo. It sure seems like this data would be useful to some product research firm, or manufacturer, or product developer. Is it? Do any of those companies ever buy datasets like this?
posted by ericc on Jan 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Retails sales are down, so where are the bargains?

If retailers are being hit hard with a recession, then why am I not finding bargains? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Nov 14, 2008 - 15 answers

Consumer Advocacy in Canada?

My dad wants to volunteer for a consumer advocacy group in Canada. Anyone know of any good & legitimate ones I could refer him to?
posted by RockCorpse on Oct 21, 2008 - 1 answer

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