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Shopper's Beware
Caveat Emptor

   Nugoddess  Have you heard ...

General Mills recently changed its online privacy policy so that consumers who - for example - download a coupon or ''Like'' it on Facebook would give up their right to sue the company.

More to this story - after an furious on-line backlash, General Mills reversed its decision, stating their old policy still applies. Downloading a coupon or ''like'' on Facebook no longer precludes any legal action.

Sometimes, the consumer actually wins.
Monday at 08:49 EST .

   3 people like this.

   Sanddollar  Strange experience today with a telemarketing call. I get these calls periodically from a recorded message about credit cards. I know this is a scam. The caller ID had a man's name and it was the area code and first three digits for our area of two small towns so I answered it. When I found out what this call was, I reported it to our state attorney general's fraud line. I also called the number on the caller ID and left a message not to call me. I also looked up this man on the Internet and he is employed by a commercial real estate company.

I believe that this man's phone number and name were used for the Caller ID but I don't think the man made the call. I figure if I received this call, then many others did my area. If this is true, then these scam artists are trying really hard to get people to answer the phone. I don't normally answer the phone when I doni't know the person, but since it was from my area I wondered why this person from my area was calling me.

The attorney general will get back to me with a written report. I received $50 one time from them as they fine these people making telemarketing calls to those on the do not call list.

Have any of you on this site received a telemarking call where you think the caller ID was taken from someone else? Thank you.
February 18 at 12:43 EST .

   14 people like this.

   Straitpath  I haven't, sanddollar. I am glad you are aware.
March 1 at 15:39 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Balogreene  Yes, I probably have Sanddollar. I just don't answer any call from someone I don't know, even if they are local. At 62, I am the youngest in my house of women. I only answer calls from people I know.
March 1 at 22:49 EST .

  15 people like this.

   Bettijo  Last night, Saturday, after 9:30 pm, my phone rang. I did not wake up in time to answer it, but a few minutes later it rang again. Both calls were from the same 800 number. I tried to call back, but got a message that that number was not in service. That number called me twice; it is on my caller id, How can it not be in service? Any idea what might be going on? Normally I do not answer 800 calls, but I wanted to tell this caller not to call me again.
March 2 at 10:53 EST .

  11 people like this.

   Linder  Recently heard on a reliable talk show that a telephone scam is going on where you receive an 800# call...they let it ring only once or a short time with the desired effect being that you call the number back....and somehow your telephone is billed a large amount. I only answer numbers I recognize.
March 17 at 14:23 EST .

  6 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I put note on health for Puritan Pride discount, but anyone 50, 55, or 60 should check out the 3 page list of discounts for 'seniors' over 250,000 sites.
January 21 at 19:30 EST .

   14 people like this.

   Gerty  I enjoy candles so much. Even the bitty ones (tea lights ). I guess it was inevitable that those made in China (where else? ), would go from 5/8th of an inch high to half that height in no time at all. Clever---same size package, same number of tea lights, same price. I guess you can't fault them for being enterprising!

However--they have gone too far this time!

The local shops carrying the scented tea lights this Christmas were filled with holiday aromatherapy in the form of cinnamon. Delightful! Couldn't wait to get home and light up.
Should I have been surprised to find out a candle or two later that the BAG was scented---not the candle wax!?!
January 8 at 18:47 EST .

   18 people like this.

   Straitpath  You have to be kidding!
January 9 at 18:10 EST .

  18 people like this.

   Gerty  Kid you not, Miss Straitpath! I can smell the scented bag from where I am right now. And it is getting to be really annoying--so much so that I have decided to return the unused candles tomorrow and demand my money back.

On second thought, maybe I'd better not. It's sort of embarrassing to ask for your money back on an item that was reduced by 75% (after Christmas sale ). Oh well, at least they DO burn and DO give off light---I guess I'll keep them.
January 9 at 20:02 EST .

  19 people like this.

   Bettijo  Along the same note; have you noticed that a standard 7 oz can of tuna is now 5 oz? Be careful, manufacturers of everything are downsizing their packaging but not their prices.
March 2 at 10:59 EST .

  15 people like this.

   Carmen  Those of you who enjoy candles should see what damage it does to your walls/window treatments. Now I am talking about lots of candle use and also use of incense. We put our kids through college for about 15 years with a mini-blind cleaning business. Most of the damage of the window treatments was from the soot from candles and smoking. If the parties didn't smoke, it was usually damage from a poorly vented fireplace or more often, candles.
March 30 at 16:02 EST .

  3 people like this.

   Balogreene  I keep telling you all good things. Well, this techno-geek found a new (to me ) great thing, and a bad thing. My less-than-a-month-old iPhone 5s died. I had to go to a Verizon store to get a new one, a really cute kid, younger than my nephews, started asking me about add-ons for my phone. I was also returning a 4s, for a $200 credit (in the wireless store only ). Taking the young mans advice I got an LG Tone + wireless stereo headset. It is so cool.

This is the thing you see people wearing around their necks while talking. It is a bluetooth stereo headset. The earbuds stay in the half-necklace device until you pull them out to put them in your ears. The left side of the set is the phone, with the on-off switch, a volume switch, and the phone answer and hang-up switch. The right side is for your music or audiobooks or whatever. It has a pause switch, and fast-forward, and reverse switch. If you are just wearing the thing around your neck it vibrates when you have a call coming in, no ring, just the vibrate.

Today, I put it on when I went to work, turned my audiobook on, put the earwig in, and listened. I paused the book when I was talking to people, turned it back on to listen again, then took it off when I got home. I listened to my book on my way home, when I was shopping, whatever, it is great. You just reach up to your neck to pause whenever you need to, start again when ready to listen again. It made it through about half of my house tonight too (I left the phone in my bedroom at the back of the house, and got half-way through the kitchen downstairs at the front of the house before it started to get spotty.

It cost $70, which is a lot more than I would have spent if I didn't have a credit that had to be spent on wireless. I needed a new bluetooth, but had no intention of spending that much money. I also got a "Lifeproof" case for the phone (again, expensive ), it is warranted for two years, and is waterproof. A nice safe case. And I still had money to put toward this month's bill.
December 12 at 20:45 EST .

   16 people like this.

   Ole buzzard  Don't forget to check, too, to see if you qualify for a discount on your monthly service through your employer.
December 23 at 11:30 EST .

  16 people like this.

   Balogreene  I get 17% from my employer, 20 for accessories,. Verizon lowered it this year. Thanks Buzz, it has really helped.
December 24 at 19:14 EST .

  20 people like this.

   Straitpath  I wish I was tech savvy.
January 4 at 15:22 EST .

  18 people like this.

   Ole buzzard  Dang, when I was selling for VZW, those discounts helped me move accessories.
January 9 at 18:52 EST .

  17 people like this.

   Gerty  It's that time of the year again, fellow Connectors!

Time for me to remind you of how important KEEPING your sales receipts for holiday spending is. So many things can go wrong with gift-giving, etc. For most of us, this is the most shopping we do all year. You will save yourself a mountain of grief and probably a lot of money if you hold on to records of your purchases---those little slips of paper tell the whole story. Proof of purchase is a sure way of getting a refund!
November 11 at 09:00 EST .

   22 people like this.

   Bettijo  Thanks for the reminder. I used to always keep sales slips, but have gotten careless lately.
November 19 at 19:04 EST .

  22 people like this.

   StormCnter  I am trying to post a comment on every wall today, as Olhokie64 has done. I'm not sure what I can contribute to Shoppers Beware except whenever I have succumbed to a really great clothing sale in an upscale department store, I almost always get home with something that never leaves my closet. The tags stay on until I eventually give it away. Sometimes a bargain isn't really a bargain.
October 13 at 08:24 EST .

   26 people like this.

   Flaming Sword  Stormcnter,
We also use this wall to tell people about good stuff too.Scroll down and you'll see. So if you get something you really like, let us know here.
October 13 at 10:54 EST .

  23 people like this.

   Linder  Love your admission. I have done it, too. But, doesn't it feel so great to buy a really really quality garment at such a great bargain. Oh, well...
November 11 at 19:15 EST .

  22 people like this.

   Olhokie64  Does anyone have information on LED house lighting. They look interesting but I don;t want to spend a bunch of money if they are not a good buy. Need help.
October 12 at 21:58 EST .

   26 people like this.

   Olhokie64  That is what I wanted to hear. A warmer light than the CF's. Thanks.
October 12 at 23:10 EST .

  26 people like this.

   Bob913  How Many Lumens Do I Need?
October 27 at 03:07 EST .

  23 people like this.

   Ole buzzard  I prefer the LEDs over CFs because they don't contain mercury. The only problem I have with them is that the light from them is somewhat directional. We have some in a downward facing lamp, and it does not illuminate the ceiling.
December 23 at 11:38 EST .

  18 people like this.

   Charactercounts  I like the Cree LED light bulbs at Home Depot. They are made in USA, also. They make one that is equivalent to a 60-watt bulb, I think I paid $10.99 on sale, and it has been on for about ten hours every night in our hall lamp.

We have some old fixtures in the basement that won't allow more than a 40-watt bulb. I purchased some CFL bulbs that are equivalent to 100 watt incandescents in lumens, but they are only about 20 watts. Much brighter, and cheaper to run!
February 27 at 03:33 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Carmen  The newer ones now don't have that blue cast to the light. They are coming out with ones that look like the light from incandescents.
March 30 at 16:04 EST .

  2 people like this.

   Bettijo  When will I learn not to fall for the ads on TV which look so good. My latest fallacy was to order a "Wraptastic." This is a gadget to hold your plastic wrap, let you pull out what you need, and then cuts it for you. I have never had such a mess! I had to get scissors to cut the mess loose. A whole roll of Press and Seal was ruined as you have to take it out of its original box in order to put it in the Wraptastic. It might work with something that is not sticky, like aluminum foil. But I don't recommend trying it.
September 25 at 19:08 EST .

   24 people like this.

   Safetydude  Thank you.

I was nibbling around that thing a couple of times when I saw the commercials.

Ptoooe ! Now I'm glad I didn't bite.
September 29 at 17:38 EST .

  28 people like this.

   Linder  Thank you.
September 30 at 13:31 EST .

  26 people like this.

   Flaming Sword  Here's what you need .Amazon has it as do other places..Google this. Reynolds 914SC 2000' Length x 18" Width, PVC Foodservice Wrap Film with Slide Cutter

Make sure you get the one with the slide cutter. This is the heavy duty good stuff. Comes 12 inches or 18 inches wide. Get the 18, you wont be sorry. Clean cut with one hand while you hold the plate underneath. This is much stronger than Glad wrap and such. Really forms a tight seal. I use it nonstop and I'm going on year 4 on one box, with plenty left.
October 12 at 16:07 EST .

  24 people like this.

   Bettijo  Flaming Sword: thank you. I have never heard of this. Guess it is not available in stores? Many of you know one of my hobbies is oil painting as I have posted some of my paintings on the Photo Wall. I use Saran Wrap to cover my palette and store in freezer between painting sessions. This keeps paints soft for two to three weeks. The problem is that it is very difficult to cover a paper palette without the wrap sticking to itself and bunching up. Also wrap is barely wide enough to cover palette and sometimes, if I am not careful in centering it, I have to use two sheets. I cannot wait to try this Reynolds wrap!
October 24 at 19:41 EST .

  24 people like this.

   Carmen  Plastic wrap at Sam's Club comes in a container with that slide cutter. Just love it! The heavy duty foil comes in the same type of container.
December 2 at 10:40 EST .

  25 people like this.

   Carmen  Bettijo - also, the plastic wrap is almost 2' wide. Would be perfect for your use.
December 2 at 10:43 EST .

  23 people like this.

   Mike PHX  Listen, man. I don't know how many of you guys are still buying your "stuff" know...your "goods"...on the "street" and all. You know what I mean, "underground", you know man?
Anyway, I heard about this rip-off. Seems like they're selling this stuff like its primo you-know-what, you know what I mean? Whatever you do, don't buy it. This "stuff" will get you as high as a Fred Flinstone vitamin.
They're called "placebos".
June 6 at 02:19 EST .

   29 people like this.

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