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Consumer Collapsible plastic flower vases: Do they work? Collapsible plastic flower vases: Do they work? (Video)
Fresh cut flowers add color and beauty to your surroundings but unless you're buying flowers to take home where you have vases- finding the proper container to place your petals can pose a thorny challenge. Collapsible, plastic, reusable vases are supposed to solve that problem. They look like flat plastic cut-outs and are about the thickness of a sheet of construction paper. How well do they hold up? How much can they hold? And what are they made of?
Consumer Mortgage relief schemes increase foreclosure risk Mortgage relief schemes increase foreclosure risk (Video)
The Federal Trade Commission is going after 6 more companies that claim to help you avoid foreclosure. This brings the total count to 48- in the crackdown against alleged phony foreclosure rescue operations. In separate actions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought charges against additional mortgage relief operations. If you're dealing with a mortgage relief company that contacted you first and charged a big fee up front- stop everything and contact your lender.
Consumer 5 features to look for when buying carry-on bags 5 features to look for when buying carry-on bags (Video)
Flying with a carry-on bag can save you $50 or more per trip. No wonder sales are up. But whatever kind you get, it's got to fit in the overhead bin. Airlines have different maximums they allow. A bag that measures 22 by 14 by 9 inches deep will get you onto most carriers, though some carriers will give you a few inches more.
Consumer Protecting electronics on vacation Protecting electronics on vacation (Video)
Vacation coming up? Chances are you'll be packing a lot of electronics like smart phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, GPS devices, cameras, iPod and speakers. They practically need their own suitcase! But if you are thinking of checking them as baggage think again.
Consumer Drain FX: Does it work? Drain FX: Does it work?
Lots of products promise to clear your pipes without having to call a plumber. But even though they contain harsh chemicals, Consumer Reports tests have shown most aren't that effective.
Consumer Early look at Amazon's first smartphone Early look at Amazon's first smartphone
Amazon is getting ready to release its first smartphone named the Fire, this Friday July 25th. Consumer Reports put an early version to the test- to find out if it's worth considering a switch.
Consumer Is there a link between anesthesia and dementia? Is there a link between anesthesia and dementia?
Some people, especially elderly folks, can have problems with their thinking following surgery. These cognition problems can last for weeks -- even months -- after the operation.
Consumer Popular mobile fashion boutique snagged by city permit confusion Popular mobile fashion boutique snagged by city permit confusion (Video)
The owner of a popular local clothing boutique just learned she may be forced to button up some of her business in order to stay legal. She's part of the new and growing trend of turning box trucks into traveling retail stores. But confusion over permits is unraveling part of her business plan, and she's not alone.
Consumer Green Dot phasing out MoneyPak PIN Green Dot phasing out MoneyPak PIN (Video)
Using a reloadable debit card to send money is about to get trickier for a lot of people. The makers of one of the most popular money cards is changing the technology - and it has a lot to do with scammers who use the card for fraud.
Consumer Longer car loans have certain risks Longer car loans have certain risks
According to Experian Automotive, the average auto loan right now is 66 months, the longest it's ever been. A quarter of the loans originated in the first quarter of this year were 73 to 84 months.
Consumer Greek yogurt has more protein, but watch the sugar Greek yogurt has more protein, but watch the sugar (Video)
Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Most yogurts are nutritious and a good source of calcium. Greek yogurt has even more protein and that's part of the appeal.
Consumer Windshield Wonder: Does it work? Windshield Wonder: Does it work? (Video)
When most of us get around to cleaning the inside windows on our vehicle, we typically use window cleaner and a cloth or paper towels. Windshield Wonder promises to make cleaning windshields fast and easy with microfiber and a long-reach handle. It sells for around $10.
Consumer Which store-bought ice cream is best? Which store-bought ice cream is best? (Video)
America's favorite ice cream is vanilla. But what makes plain vanilla really great plain vanilla? An excellent vanilla ice cream should have definite dairy flavor, balanced by real vanilla. It shouldn't be overly sweet and it should have a creamy, smooth texture.
Consumer Take your cat for a walk Take your cat for a walk
You take your dog for a walk. Did you ever think of taking your cat?

If you have a cat with the right personality, it can be fun for both of you – and great exercise, too.
Consumer FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges (Video)
The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.