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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

News Story
3/22/2017
By Daniel Demay, SEATTLEPI.COM
A consumer interest group has taken complaints about Amazon’s advertised prices to the California Attorney General, demanding an investigation and saying the company is “ripping consumers off.” The group, Consumer Watchdog, argued that prices sometimes shown as “list” or “was” above the current price --...
News Story
3/22/2017
By Natalie Bradford, The American Genius
Amazin’ Amazon I don’t have to tell you that Amazon is crazy convenient. Forgot to get a bunch of random stuff at the store? Order anything from lip balm to groceries and find it on your doorstep within a couple of days. There are tons of options for basically any category you can think of, whether it’s TVs or mattress covers,...
News Story
3/22/2017
(Truth in Advertising), MoneyLife
As retailers get ready to take on Amazon in Australia, the US organization Consumer Watchdog has accused the online retailer of deliberately inflating the recommended retail price of goods on their site, a practice that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has moved to stamp out in Australia. In one incident Amazon was selling an...
News Story
3/22/2017
By David Richards, Channel News
Before or at the start of the promotion, Kogan increased the prices of the three computer monitors featured on its eBay store. As a result, Kogan claimed consumers received a 20% discount off the newly increased prices, they in fact only received a 9% discount off the previously advertised prices for each of the three computer monitors. Also in...
News Story
3/22/2017
By Ashlee Kieler, Consumerist
One aspect of shopping on Amazon is that the online retail giant appears to offer significant discounts on many of the items it sells. However, a new report alleges that these markdowns not as generous as they appear, and that many of them are effectively nonexistent. In fact, according to the report [PDF] commissioned by Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
3/21/2017
By Jennifer Calfas
The California-based Consumer Watchdog group claims Amazon is misleading its customers by posting inflated list prices to give the impression the company is offering more of a discount. The nonprofit public-interest group filed a petition to Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday, claiming Amazon is violating state and federal law...
News Story
3/20/2017
By David Pierson, LA Times
After a barrage of lawsuits directed at the online shopping industry, it appeared Amazon Inc. was starting to phase out list pricing, a controversial practice accused of deceptively inflating how much consumers save through the e-commerce giant. But a study commissioned by Consumer Watchdog finds that the pricing system remains rampant, affecting...
News Story
3/17/2017
By Brad Anderson, Car Scoops
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has proposed numerous revisions to state regulations about the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles across the state. One of the key proposed changes would allow ride-hailing services to transport passengers without human drivers on board, a revision which would have allowed Uber to test its...
News Story
3/16/2017
Larry Mantle, Air Talk
Paying attention to the road may be optional starting as early as next year. That is, if a California Department of Motor Vehicles proposal goes through. As reported by the Associated Press, the DMV issued proposed rules last week to road-test self-driving cars. This applies to truly driverless vehicles, without a wheel or any other way for the...
News Story
3/15/2017
By Byron Acohido, Third Certainty
A dual-track effort to derail—if not permanently eliminate—new federal privacy rules that would limit Internet Service Providers’ commercial use of sensitive customer data is gaining steam. On Wednesday, March 1, the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission voted to delay implementation of new broadband...