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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...
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...