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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...
News Story
7/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
You might get a good deal now, but the company is gobbling up market share and bludgeoning competitors. Today is Prime Day: Amazon’s bid to transform paying them $99 for an annual membership into a national holiday. The Internet oligarch is blanketing the Web with deals and enticements to encourage sign-ups. It even pitches this as a way...
News Release
7/10/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned consumers about Amazon’s deceptive pricing practices and said its dubious behavior means its big promotion on Tuesday should be called ‘Slime Day,” not “Prime Day.” The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group also called on antitrust authorities to block...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon Exaggerations? Consumers getting ready for Prime Day may be disappointed by accusations it’s exaggerating discounts, by advertising "before sale" prices that were inflated sometimes up to 70 percent. A non-profit group called the Consumer Watchdog says it looked at hundreds of products sold there last month and found nearly...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
(NEWS 8/AP) —  Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 30 hours this year. For the third annual Prime Day, Amazon will offer discounts and other deals in an effort to boost sales during the slower summer months. The deals are open only to members of Amazon's $99-a-year Prime loyalty program, so Amazon...
Video
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
John Simpson tells KCBS TV-2, Los Angeles morning news that Amazon's "list prices" are bunk and often nothing more than a deceptive sales tactic.
Video
7/9/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
With Amazon Prime Day in full swing, Consumer Watchdog says Amazon's deals are often not what they appear, using fake "was" prices to trick consumers.
News Story
7/8/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The New York Times didn’t mention that “America's de facto leader on climate change” received $9.8 million from oil, gas and utilities, often within days of winning big favors, since he ran for Governor, according to a report released by the the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog last August: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org...
News Story
7/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer group doubles down on claims of online giant's 'deceptive pricing practices' A consumer group is urging federal regulators to block Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods Market until the online giant stops "deceptive pricing practices." In a letter to the acting heads of the Department of Justice's Antitrust...
News Story
7/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods should be put on hold until Amazon ends its “deceptive pricing practices,” a consumer group has demanded in a complaint to federal regulators. Consumer Watchdog claims the e-commerce giant uses inflated “reference prices” next to real prices on product ads,...