Consumer Tips

5 ways for you to better protect yourself in 2022

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

January is often about New Year's resolutions. Whatever you want to call them, here are five ways you can better protect your information and your finances in 2022.

How to spot counterfeits while shopping online for gifts

Dec. 9, 2021
By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays draw near, and supply chain disruptions remain a common news story, many of us may worry about ordering gifts as quickly as possible. Most of us have experienced fast delivery when choosing to shop online, but when shopping, it’s important to be on the lookout for counterfeit products.

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Guide Helps You Shop Used Electronics and Have A Greener Holiday

With supply chain issues limiting options, CALPIRG’s updated holiday guide helps you shop for repaired or refurbished electronics.

Get the Lead Out: Safe drinking water at school

Our children need safe drinking water — especially at school, where they go to learn and play each day. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at our schools and preschools.

Tips to spot counterfeit toys before you buy them

Nov. 11, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays grow near, shoppers can expect a more difficult time finding the perfect gift this year that will arrive in time for the holidays. With supply chain issues plaguing the holiday shopping season, consumers should be wary when shopping online that what they purchase is a safe, legitimate product.

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Onions identified as cause of nationwide Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday evening that a nationwide Salmonella outbreak stems at least in part from whole onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed in this country by ProSource Inc.

How to spot fake online reviews

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

With the overwhelming number of reviews found both on website listings and social media, we pulled together the best tips to spot fake reviews when shopping online.

How to spot fake online reviews

Oct. 14, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

On Oct. 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put hundreds of companies nationwide on notice that if they use fabricated endorsements to deceive consumers, they could face financial penalties up to $43,793 per violation.  

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Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

How to avoid used cars with flood damage

Oct. 14, 2021

By Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

This year is bringing us devastating flooding in different parts of the country. Unfortunately, flooding is occurring more often with the increase in big storms and hurricanes caused by global warming. Just last week, a storm carrying torrential rains caused flash flooding in northern Alabama after up to seven inches of rain fell in a few hours.

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