Amazon Flex driver tosses holiday gift

John Matarese  |  November 27, 2018

You may have seen doorbell camera videos of sloppy deliveries, deliverymen opening up packages, and those holiday season porch thieves stealing holiday deliveries. But this one really sets new ground. Christa Thomas never thought she’d be one of those unlucky homeowners, with a bad delivery experience, until now. Driver tossed package like newspaper Her security …

These are the 2018 holiday shipping deadlines

Zac Self  |  November 26, 2018

With holiday shopping in full swing you may be thinking about shipping gifts to loved ones who live in another state.  Companies such as UPS and FexEx as well as the United States Postal Service (we mean, Santa…) all have deadlines for sending packages to ensure they make it to their destinations before Christmas.  Check …

Companies rank customers with secret scores

Nicole Brady  |  November 26, 2018

On this Cyber Monday, plenty of online retailers are happy to take your money, but how will they treat you once the holiday season is over? The Wall Street Journal uncovered how companies use a secret scoring system to rank customers, and determine what kind of promotions to offer them, and even what level of …

Heck no! Stores that won’t open Thanksgiving Day

John Matarese  |  November 20, 2018

Are you planning to go shopping Thanksgiving night?  Many shoppers this year are saying “no,” and a growing number of stores are listening. You may remember the days, in the ’90s and early 2000s, when Black Friday was actually on Friday. It was originally designated, back in the 1970s, for “Day after Thanksgiving sales.” Between 2008 …

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Kohl’s Black Friday 2018 online sales begin

John Matarese  |  November 18, 2018

While Kohl’s will be one of the big retailers open to holiday shoppers on Thanksgiving, it’s starting to offer deals even earlier as its online Black Friday begins at 12:01 a.m. CT Monday. Kohl’s brick-and-mortar stores will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, so those who want to grab the big doorbusters may have to skip the pumpkin pie. While …

Tips to protect your packages from thieves

John Matarese  |  November 16, 2018

Heading into the holiday season, FedEx is offering tips to protect your packages from porch pirates. FedEx suggests shipping to an alternate destination, like a FedEx retail location, family members’ homes, your work or an Amazon Locker. You can also request a signature. Sign up for FedEx Delivery Manager. Reminder, if your package is stolen, …

Spy cameras popping up in Airbnb, VRBO rentals

John Matarese  |  November 15, 2018

Renting a home or condo for a vacation is more popular than ever, thanks to websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway. Unfortunately, a growing number of those rentals are coming with an unwelcome surprise: hidden cameras that record your every move. It’s happening more and more. Just last month, a British couple found a hidden camera inside the alarm clock …

Beware these Black Friday stocking stuffers

John Matarese  |  November 13, 2018

The ads are out, and many of us are now making our Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping plans. But before you start shopping, make sure you know whether you are getting the name brand item or a lookalike, which could leave your loved ones (especially young children) disappointed the day after Christmas. Black Friday …

Pet buyers beware: Puppy scams on the rise

WMAR News  |  November 13, 2018

If you’re thinking of getting a pet for the holidays, be extra careful. The Better Business Bureau says puppy-buying scams are on the rise, and up to 80 percent of sponsored advertisements about pets may be fake. The BBB says their ScamTracker has 907 reports of this type of fraud and the Federal Trade Commission found 37,000 complaints regarding pets, and a …

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Air travel crowds for Thanksgiving to be worse

Scripps National Desk  |  November 8, 2018

Next week, folks who are traveling can expect really crowded airport lines. There will be a 7 percent increase in those flying to their Thanksgiving celebrations, the Transportation Security Administration announced. The Thanksgiving rush at airports will last 10 days beginning Nov. 16 and stretching to Nov. 26. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is likely going …