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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.

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7/24/2017
BY Jade Scipioni, FOX BUSINESS
A Charlotte-based startup says e-commerce king Amazon (AMZN) jacked up their suggested retail price during the company’s annual discount event—Prime Day—to deceive consumers into thinking that they were getting a deal, when in reality, they weren’t. Jason Jacobs, founder of Remodeez, a small company that specializes in non...
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7/24/2017
BY Christopher Maynard, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Critics have already expressed their displeasure with Amazon’s bid to purchase Whole Foods on antitrust and labor grounds, and now reports say the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may be looking at the company's pricing strategies. Citing an unnamed source, Reuters reports that the agency is looking into allegations that Amazon routinely...
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7/24/2017
By Staff Writers, BBC NEWS
US regulators will take more time to review Amazon's $13.7bn (£10.5bn) acquisition of Whole Foods after some groups have raised anti-trust concerns. Democrats have asked authorities to consider how the deal might affect consumer choice, particularly in places with fewer food shopping options. Whole Foods said in June it expected the deal...
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7/21/2017
By Staff Writers, RT.COM
The FTC began looking into potential discrepancies in Amazon's pricing list after a recent Consumer Watchdog report, a source told Reuters. The inquiry found that 61 percent of Amazon's products with reference prices were higher for the same product than what the company had sold in the previous 90 days, the Consumer Watchdog wrote in a...
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7/21/2017
By Kate Cox, THE CONSUMERIST
When you say you’re selling an item for 30% off of some higher original price, there are rules about how real that “original” price has to be. If that reference is made up, or the item never actually sells for that price, you can land yourself in some legal trouble. And now sources say that the Federal Trade Commission is having...
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7/21/2017
By Denisse Moreno, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
The Federal Trade Commission is looking into claims made by a nonprofit that accuse Amazon of misleading customers about price bargains, a source close to the investigation told Reuters. The probe is reportedly part of the FTC’s review of Amazon’s recent $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods. The complaint was brought up by the...
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7/21/2017
By Eric Lieberman, THE DAILY CALLER
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether Amazon deceives its customers about pricing, according to a Reuters report published Thursday. The FTC’s probe is part of a larger review into Amazon’s recent decision to purchase Whole Foods, and stems from a consumer group’s own probe. Consumer Watchdog conducted an...
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7/21/2017
By Edward Hardy, THESTREET.COM
In conjunction with its review of Amazon.com's (AMZN)  purchase of Whole Foods Market (WFM) , the Federal Trade Commission is investigating claims made against the e-commerce giant, saying it misleads customers about pricing discounts, Reuters reports. The FTC is reviewing a complaint brought by Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group, which...
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7/21/2017
By Li Zhou, POLITICO MORNING TECH
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING and welcome to Morning Tech, where we fully endorse this. Send your tech and telecom tips to lzhou@politico.com and @liszhou. Catch the rest of the team’s contact info after Quick Downloads. FTC SAID TO PROBE AMAZON PRICING — The FTC has made preliminary inquiries into how Amazon handles its pricing, Reuters reports...
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7/21/2017
By Daniel Cooper, ENDGADGET
Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods requires a wink of blessing from the Federal Trade Commission, but that might not be a done deal. Reuters is reporting that the FTC is taking a particular interest in how Jeff Bezos' online retailer prices, and discounts, its products. According to sources close to the probe, there is a suspicion that...