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News Release
2/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to press forward with an antitrust case against Google for unfairly manipulating search results favoring its own services damaging both competitors and consumers. “Google’s abuse of its monopolistic position is hurting competitors, limiting...
News Story
12/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The first price isn't the best price when you search online There’s a common saying about social media and other Internet companies: “If you’re not paying them anything, you’re not their customer; you’re what they’re selling.” So if you use web-based email or Facebook or Google or other free sites...
News Release
12/4/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today. “The way that the Internet giant is featuring results...
News Story
12/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog. But Google said the top...
News Story
12/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google’s “search monopoly” with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don’t pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads “deceptive and unfair”, adding that Google...
News Story
12/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
You could be paying substantially more for products if you are searching through Google Shopping. Consumer Watchdog issued a report today that said Google’s “search monopoly” allows the company to charge higher prices on its shopping search engine. The organization’s tests found that consumers would have paid more for eight...
Blog Post
12/2/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
If you're one of the millions of Americans shopping online today on "Cyber Monday," be careful. You can't trust Google Shopping to show you the best price. A Consumer Watchdog study found that, more often than not, the item featured in the Google Shopping result is not the lowest price. For 8 out of 14 items we searched for, the...
Video
11/28/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Shopping online is usually convenient, easy, and a way to save money. But Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica says if you're shopping online through Google, it might actually be costing you money. Consumer Watchdog did a test comparing prices of several popular items, such as digital cameras, toasters, iPads and electric drills using Google...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the start of the holiday shopping season just days away, a consumer group says taking Google along with you to compare prices might end up costing you twice as much. A Consumer Watchdog study has determined product results returned through...
News Release
11/26/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic are opposed to a proposed deal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google. Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based public interest group, filed comments late Monday night opposing a proposed settlement to the European Commission’s antitrust...