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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.