Dec 25, 2007

Here's how easy it is to break into your luggage

Toy packaging creates headaches for parents

The reporter in this story uses a variety of potentially dangerous tools to make his point about how hard it is to open toy packages. It's a good point. Several years ago, I required hand surgery after using a scissors to remove plastic wrapping.

Dec 23, 2007

Weights and Measures inspectors protecting you from overcharges

Milwuakee Journal analyzes statistics from weights and measures inspections

Dec 19, 2007

Consumers will keep on paying for new TV's on monthly utility bills

Some of those new flat screen TV's use a lot more electricity than the old ones.

Dec 13, 2007

Dec 12, 2007

Mike Ivey: Gift cards: the $8 billion sucking sound

The Madison Capitol Times' Mike Ivey on gift cards

Dec 8, 2007

Gift check giving and receiving advice from Slate's Dear Prudence

Consumer Reports on how to get the lowest price when online Christmas shopping

Consumer Reports says that dynamic pricing means that you may be charged more than someone else when shopping on line.

Contractor prosecuted after WI Consumer Protection investigates

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports on questionable contractors and how to avoid them.

Dec 6, 2007

Analysis of identity theft statistics

"Between 2004-2006 there was a significant increase in theft via the Internet, lost or stolen wallets, and home and car robberies." This is an interesting analysis of identity theft during 2006.