Dec 30, 2011

Looking at the sky in Janesville (Click on the title below to see video properly)

The sky near the Rock River in Wisconsin is a major flight path for birds and has been busier than O'Hare Airport lately. The Rock's Horicon Marsh has 266 species and is a "Globally Important Bird Area" according to the American Bird Conservancy.

Dec 16, 2011

Online Pure Breed Puppies Often Misrepresented

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BBB Warns of Scam Website Selling Puppies

BBB News Center

This is a common scam in Wisconsin and around the country.

Building Yellowstone Park with 1933 Chevrolet trucks

This is the final video in our series commemorating Chevrolet's 90 anniversary in Janesville, WI.
So far we've talked about cars, but Janesville made trucks, too. For example, 1933 trucks.
Twelve 1933 Chevrolet trucks were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to build the roads and facilities at Yellowstone Park, this country's first national park..
You will see the trucks, but most of the vintage video is a beautiful 12 minute travelogue of Yellowstone.

Consumer World: This Year's Return Policies

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Legislators Kill Bill To Allow Robocalling Of Cell Phones

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Science journalism guidelines might be a good idea

Slate Magazine

Retailers cheat the price-check

Toshiba and Lenovo Ultrabooks Bring Speed and Light to Windows

Walt Mossberg

Rental car companies are holding onto cars longer, renting cars with dings and scratches

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Top five video games this holiday season

Consumer Reports

You Can Buy Blockbuster Gift Cards Again, But Your Old One's Still Worthless

The Consumerist

A reminder not to buy gift card

Consumer protections lacking for mobile payments

Consumer Reports

Telemarketer to Pay $500,000 Civil Penalty for Thwarting Consumers' Requests to be Placed On Its Clients' Do Not Call Lists


Dec 9, 2011

HP to sell $99 Touchpads on eBay this Sunday

Consumer Reports

Selling Janesville Chevrolets with Technicolor cartoons in the 1930s

Starting almost 90 years ago, Janesville, WI relied on General Motors advertising to sell Chevrolets made there. GM used Hollywood film makers and Chevrolet became the best selling car in the country.

5 Ways To Survive Your First Try At Yoga

The Consumerist

5 Commonly Counterfeited Items To Avoid Buying

The Consumerist

Despite What TV Commercials Tell You, Cars Aren't Gifts

The Consumerist

FTC continues push against fake-news Web sites peddling weight-loss products

The Washington Post

The Rising Cost of Free Shipping

Consumer World: Accused of Padding Major Appliance Orders with Unrequested Service Contracts

Consumer World

Buy A Frappuccino With Food Stamps At Oregon Starbucks In Grocery Stores

The Consumerist

Fine Print In Ad Offering Free Shipping Explains It's Not Actually Free

The Consumerist

A Simple Money-Saving Step For Online Purchases

The Consumerist

FTC To Provide Refunds to Victims of Bogus Scareware Scam


Four best tech toys for older kids

Consumer Reports

36 gifts for the home recommended by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Dec 3, 2011

Janesville made Chevrolets that went West

Chevrolet became America’s best selling car in the 1930s and began a long-lasting advertising campaign encouraging consumers to see the country…especially the west.  Janesville, WI General Motors workers made many of those cars. The vintage color Chevrolet travelogue here is pristine and exquisite. It is still capable of tempting you to visit Arizona this winter.

Dec 2, 2011

Shady locksmiths

How to Buy the Best Tablet

Before you hit the stores, check out these 8 highly-rated retailers

Consumer Reports

5 money-losing investments by NFL players

How to Use Google Search More Effectively

2012 Buick Lacrosse - Smugness Comes Standard

6 Financial Nightmare Vacations
As a consumer reporter, I received many vacation complaints.  Be wary of free vacation offers... like the ones being offered now at your local shopping mall.

6 Tips For Avoiding Early Retirement Seminar Scams

The Consumerist

First drive: 2013 Mazda CX-5

Consumer Reports

FTC Adds New Protections for Consumers Seeking to Work from Home


Four Web Tools to Simplify Finances

Another Reason To Cut The Cards And Go Cash-Only

The Consumerist