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The Incredible Shringking Yogurt

Is the 8 oz. yogurt serving gone for good? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Oct 10, 2008 - 15 answers

How many peanuts are in a Snickers bar?

So how many actual peanuts are there in a Snickers bar? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Oct 2, 2008 - 12 answers

What other consumer goods have "premium" versions that are identical to the budget version?

The only difference between regular vodka and super premium vodka is the price. Double shielded, gold plated speaker cables work just as well as cheap ones. What other consumer goods have "premium" versions that are identical to the budget version? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp on Sep 29, 2008 - 55 answers

Dryer cut clothing. Dryer folk not helpful.

Clothes dryer [new] slashed clothing. "Repaired," dryer snags clothes, makes unsettling noise. Visited store 4x; sent registered mail to manufacturer 2x, nothing. Now what? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Sep 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Is a refund enough?

Is a refund enough? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 - 39 answers

this or another shaving mirror

Gatco shaving mirrors - good quality? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Consumer Reports worth subscribing to?

Are there any other companies/websites that compare to Consumer Reports for information/ratings of consumer products? Before I subscribe to their service I was looking for input as to the quality of the reports they provide. Thanks.
posted by boby on Jul 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Indian consumer-oriented research service?

I'm looking for a company based in India, cited in a story I heard on NPR sometime in the past week or so, that handles a given number of Joe Consumer research queries per month for a flat fee. [more inside]
posted by blue andrea on Jul 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Is there such a thing as a "broadcast quality" consumer camcorder?

I recently became involved with a local television station and I'm looking to invest in a "broadcast quality," consumer camcorder. Is there even such a thing? Or should I penny up for something in the prosumer range?
posted by maalsa on Jul 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Supermarket IOUs

How do supermarket IOUs work? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev on Jun 2, 2008 - 4 answers

$2400 early termination fees from Qwest!!!!

How should I contest the big bad phone company? More inside. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on May 14, 2008 - 4 answers

The domain registrar took my money but hasn't renewed my domains -- help!

Unresponsive domain registrar -- HELP! [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Feb 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Members Only!

What are some retail credit card accounts (ie Macy's Card) that deliver good freebies, coupons, discounts or other promos for members? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jan 13, 2008 - 13 answers

"Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise."

Please recommend current-market analog cassette decks with superior signal/noise ratios. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Information on how people spend their money

Global consumer spending/expenditure data, beyond government stats [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Dec 10, 2007 - 2 answers

Real Genius 2.0?

Is there a online repository for ongoing consumer contests? [more inside]
posted by hypersloth on Nov 21, 2007 - 3 answers

How can I get cheap mobile internet access in France?

I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time in France (Paris and Bordeaux and Lyon) over the next 6 weeks. What's the cheapest way to get mobile internet (3G or wifi)? [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Aug 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Bogus charges on the Visa

We found an unauthorized charge of about $1,000 on our Visa statement -- from seven months ago (groan). What's our best plan for recovering these funds? [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Mar 9, 2007 - 12 answers

What can we do to make it right?

What should I do about an over-eager or clumsy loss-prevention officer? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Mar 1, 2007 - 39 answers

How do you make car dealer refund a bogus fee?

A relative of mine just bought a new car in Massachusetts and was blatantly robbed with bogus dealership fees. Example: $500 "registration fee" and of course the deluxe "extended warranty". Unfortunately the deal is done and it appears each bogus fee is perfectly legal in Mass and there's no "cooling off period". Is there is any recourse to persuade the dealer to reconsider these fees?
posted by StarForce5 on Feb 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Can a store expire a coupon before it actually expires?

ConsumerFilter: Does a retailer in California really have a right to null and void a published coupon before it's expiration date? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jan 22, 2007 - 17 answers

Best camera that uses the xD card?

Help me find a new digital camera that uses xD media cards. [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jan 6, 2007 - 13 answers

I'm a consumer whore! And how!

PS3 filter; you knew it was inevitable. How can I get my hands on a Ps3 tonight or tomorrow? I'm in Phoenix, Arizona and I'm not about to go drop $2k to get one off of Ebay. [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Nov 16, 2006 - 13 answers

Broke my iPod with only 7 days left on the warranty

I accidentally dropped my 5th-gen iPod on the floor, and now it doesn't work. I checked the serial number of the unit on Apple's service site, and it tells me that I only have 7 days left on my 1-year limited warranty. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Nov 4, 2006 - 20 answers

What do I have to buy to have everything Peyton Manning says I should?

What do I have to buy to have everything Peyton Manning says I should? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Oct 21, 2006 - 13 answers

How to tell if I've bought a bad microwave

How can one tell the production history of a microwave oven? I bought a GE JES1656SJ at Best Buy today. Got it for a good price. Went home, Googled the model number. Very few hits. Nothing at epinions or consumerreview. Not sold at amazon. On the GE website itself, I found its page (with some effort). On this page it said "Sold Only at Lowe's" (the chain hardware/appliance stores). The fact that I bought this elsewhere notwithstanding, is there anyway to find out if this is an old/defective/dangerous/unpopular model? Is it unusual to produce specific models for certain outlets? The oven is still in the box pending the results of my investigation. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister on Jun 25, 2006 - 7 answers

is the Man onto me, man?

How sinister is a pre-employment "investigative consumer report" that includes interviews with acquaintances? What do those interviews involve exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2006 - 14 answers

Do I need a boxspring?

If I have a good mattress and a frame that supports it, do I really need a boxspring? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid on Apr 1, 2006 - 21 answers

One Widget Two Widget Red Widget Blue Widget

WidgetsFilter. What government (US) resource will tell me how many unique widgets are available for sale each year? [more inside]
posted by pants on Mar 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Do I have to pay "document fees"?

[UK] Buying a new car from a dealership - do I have to pay "document fees"? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk on Mar 22, 2006 - 14 answers

You know those "wonder-products" you see on shopping TV and ebay. Are they really any good?

So, I admit it, I browse ebay a lot and I'm also not averse to surfing the many teleshopping channels. Now in my travels I often see things which look like they are too good to be true - especially on the TV. You know the sort of thing - the drill which has a lifetime guarantee and will drill through concrete or steel etc. or the juicer that takes the whole fruit without cutting it up or the makeup that can make you look 10 years younger. Anyway it got me thinking that there must be some web site somewhere where I can get reviews of these kind of "wonder-products"! Most of the review sites I've found are pretty poor in my opinion - so few products are actually reviewed and I've yet to find any that look at eBay or Teleshopping products. Of course if anyone has any genuine wonder-products they have got this way then feel free to post a short review here as well!
posted by empedia on Mar 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Where to change the technological world?

14-year Apple veteran -- Where to go to change the world? [more inside]
posted by tkolar on Mar 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Angry consumer: How to respond (besides cancelling my subscription)?

I subscribe to the Boston Globe newspaper, which recently accidentally distributed credit card and bank routing info printouts with newspaper bundles. I am angry about this carelessness and want to respond somehow, but I selfishly really enjoy the paper and do not want to cancel my subscription. What are other good ways of responding? Sharp-tongued letters (to whom?), etc?
posted by cadge on Feb 10, 2006 - 10 answers

Why so many AC adapters?

Can someone explain why every battery powered device ever made seems to have a utterly unique AC power adapter? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Jan 11, 2006 - 24 answers

Is it safe? Is it safe?

IANAL Dentist filter: So the dentist told my wife, repeatedly, "of course your insurance will cover this. Don't even worry about it." The insurance won't pay for it. We're stuck with the $400 bill. If we don't pay, our credit is hosed. Non-snarky suggestions?
posted by craniac on Jan 6, 2006 - 38 answers

Lightbulbs they use in bookstores?

Why is it that one can go into the library or a bookstore (Borders/B&N) and read for several hours without getting tired or distracted? And yet reading at home for half an hour can be a chore because your eyes get tired, or you fall asleep? Is "Full spectrum" lighting the answer? [more inside]
posted by Quami77 on Dec 22, 2005 - 16 answers

How 'bout them new Calphalon knives?

Kitchen knives. One more time. How do knives distinguish themselves as they increase in price? Specifically, how does the recent offering from Calphalon compare? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Sep 23, 2005 - 15 answers

Very Orany (about my) Internet Purchase

I just got screwed by a VOIP company. After a month of trying to reinstate a virtual number they accidently deleted, they’ve now confessed that they assigned it to someone else. I asked “What can you do to make this right”, and all they said was “we can give you a new phone number”. What official-type people can I complain to so I can get “The Rage” out of my system?
posted by alan on Aug 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Behind the Scenes at the Supermarket

Questions for grocery clerks (or people who stand in line at the grocery thinking about people and their purchases). [more inside]
posted by kmel on Jul 29, 2005 - 61 answers

Evil companies and smily clip art

Has anyone noticed a link between a megacorp's poor customer service and tons of "smily happy people" clip art on their ads and websites? I've been noticing a strong connection, to the extent that it's a warning flag for me not to do business with them. Am I imagining it or do they all do this?
posted by shannymara on Jul 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Easy DVD creation on newish Dell?

A friend of the family has a newish Dell, purchased in the last month. They want to make DVDs from a MiniDV camcorder that is playable on home players. They spent some time using Windows Movie Maker, only to discover that what it made were .avi movies, and not actual DVDs. I work on a Mac, and have suggested the Mac/iMovie/iDVD combination, but really don't know what to suggest for their platform of choice ... [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Jun 9, 2005 - 5 answers

Early internet appliance?

Does anybody remember anything about a pre-world wide web consumer product called Yak (or Yack) that was marketing in the United States around 1990? Google fails me. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on May 24, 2005 - 2 answers

Micro-trendy

There seems to be a trend lately where people are preferring goods made in smaller batches, often locally - crafted, if you will - such as olive oil, beer (at least in the 90s) and lately distilled spirits. What are some other examples of this? (Not necessarily food.)
posted by gottabefunky on May 24, 2005 - 37 answers

Tell me about Black Friday killer deals.

Consumer filter. Tomorrow is black friday. What killer deals are there tomorrow morning?
posted by filmgeek on Nov 25, 2004 - 16 answers

Cell Phone Contracts

Getting out of a cell phone contract (US) - is there any hope? In this case, the usual story: Verizon, crappy service (roaming in the center of town), atrocious customer service (phone dies after three months, it's discontinued, they'll only replace it with used ones that also crap out). Do you know anyone who has tried to quit a cell phone contract? What did they/you do (file complaints, document, etc)? What were the consequences (credit, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 17, 2004 - 9 answers

Are tickets by fax legit?

Someone's offered to sell me tickets to an event and tells me they are "fax" tickets -- I can paypal him and he can fax the tickets. Is this legit? I don't know this person. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 12, 2004 - 13 answers

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