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How to Notice and Avoid Dark Patterns Online

Have you ever noticed how online accounts are incredibly easy to sign up for, but can be hair-pullingly difficult to close? Sometimes the Close Account option is right where you’d think it would be, but other times you have to hunt it down, clicking through menu after menu until you finally find out that you […]

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I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime

My own personal Amazon Prime day is in two weeks. It’s not the day that Amazon puts a lot of random crap on sale. (That’s in approximately three weeks.) My day is when Amazon will charge me $120 for another year of membership. That’s $20 more than what the company charged me last year and […]

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You Can’t Trust Negative Online Reviews

Recently while researching a vacation package I was considering booking, I noticed that while all of the customer reviews about the destinations, tour guides and mechanics of the trip were glowing, there were a few people who gave poor ratings for reasons that didn’t seem like the travel company’s fault: Their flight…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Find Out How Many Stops Away Your Amazon Delivery Is

Now instead of knowing your Amazon package will arrive “before 8 p.m.,” you’ll be able to track its location in real time and know exactly how many stops the delivery driver has to make before they arrive at your doorstep. This is thanks to a new Amazon feature called Map Tracking.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This Is The Most Insane Excuse For Why A Dealer Won’t Send A Written Price Quote

I’ve brokered thousands of car deals and encountered all sorts of reasons why some dealers refuse to email price quotes. A reader recently reached out to me with one of my favorite bullshit excuses, however: dealers who claim emailed prices are illegal.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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What to Use Instead of Amazon’s Invasive New ‘Assistant’

If you use Amazon’s Wish List bookmarklet to keep track of all the products you want to buy or receive as a gift, you may have noticed a recent change. The company is phasing out its old one-click tool for a more advanced (and more invasive) Amazon Assistant.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs

You wouldn’t think online shopping could get you in trouble with customs, but if you accidentally order counterfeit merchandise on Amazon it just might. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling, you probably want to double check your orders from now on.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Use Chargebacks Like an Insurance Policy for Internet Shopping

So you order something from eBay. Or Alibaba. Or some sketchy website you’ve never heard of, because it has the exact sneakers you want when nowhere else does. You know that’s probably a sign it’s too good to be true… but you really want the sneakers, so you foolishly type in your Visa number anyway.Read […]

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Here’s What ‘Call For Price’ On A Dealer’s Website Really Means

One of the most frustrating aspects of shopping for a car online can often be boiled down to three words: “call for price.” It seems simple enough; call the dealership and they’ll tell you how much it costs. But the subtext to this command will give you a pretty big clue as to whether or […]

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