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News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As part of its review of Amazon's (AMZN.O) agreement to buy Whole Foods (WFM.O), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon is being scrutinized by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over whether its discounts on goods are misleading, after a watchdog group complained, says Reuters, citing an unnamed source. Shares of Amazon (AMZN) are down by $3.18 at $1,025.52, in late trading, after Reuters’s Diane Bartz and Jeffrey Dastin related after...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its prices and discounts, Reuters reported. The probe comes as part of a review of the company’s proposed merger with Whole Foods The FTC’s probe is reportedly the result of a complaint brought forth by Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon's discount-pricing policies misled consumers, according to a report today. The probe comes on the heels of a complaint by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which examined 1,000 products on the retailer's website and concluded 61% with list...
News Story
7/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Dive Brief: Amazon’s prices changed hour-by-hour, state-by-state and shopper-by-shopper, according to a May analysis of online school supplies prices from Chrome deal-hunting extension Wikibuy. The extension searches other sites, including Walmart, Jet and eBay, and its price comparison tool pops up a potentially cheaper option, including...
News Story
7/17/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Antitrust and labor issues stir discontent; retail analysts skeptical Amazon's plan to gobble up Whole Foods is causing indigestion on Capitol Hill and elsewhere as critics worry the plan would be too successful or, on the other hand, not successful enough. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), for one, thinks the merger would take too big a bite out...
Video
7/12/2017
Posted by Connor
Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog tells KABC 7 News that Amazon's discounts are often not what they seem. Posting fake "List" or "Was" prices to fool consumers.
News Release
7/11/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, brokered by Governor Jerry Brown to extend California’s cap-and-trade program past 2020, as a massive giveaway of billions of dollars to the oil and gas industry that fails to rein in one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in...
Video
7/11/2017
Posted by Connor
As Amazon prime day entices millions of shoppers with its discounts, Consumer Watchdog raises an alarm.  John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's tech advocate, highlights a new report that shows Amazon's deceptive pricing practices.
News Story
7/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocate says it’s time to shed some light on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s screwy spending priorities.  DWP customers have borne the brunt of under investment in infrastructure, what with two recent power outages in the middle of a heat wave.  Consumer Watchdog President Jaime Court says there...