Inquiring Consumer Archive: May, 2010

Credit cards, Facebook, and 'returnaholics'

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I've been away a few days for a daughter's college graduation, dorm move-out, and other intrusions of everyday life, but I wanted to pass along... Read more

Using 'magic words' to get your money back

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An exhibit filed this week with a new Senate Commerce Committee report should help consumers who believe they've been tricked into signing... Read more

(Update) Pa.'s AG seeks to unmask Twitter posters

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Whether or not it's his goal, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, may be testing the limits... Read more

FTC gets court order to stop robocalls

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A federal judge has ordered a stop to three companies' marketing calls - including recorded robocalls - that the Federal Trade Commission says... Read more

He'll be out of debt in 17 centuries

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If you only send the minimum, how long will it take to pay off that nagging credit-card balance? And how much will you eventually fork over? How... Read more

Senate amendment would revive state usury limits

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Many people who encounter credit-card interest rates as high as 30 or 40 percent (or in one celebrated case, 79 percent), or payday-loan rates... Read more

'Pigs Is Pigs,' but don't blame rules for problems

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The New York Times buried a good story this week about a fundamental shift in government under the Obama administration - an article that... Read more

Peco looks to end of rate caps

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Peco president Denis O'Brien stopped by the Inquirer today to discuss the rapidly changing power markets. One key message, which he's offering... Read more