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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 24, 2006 Picture this: Wise tenants take precautions
QUOTE: I write more columns on landlord-tenant disputes than on any other kind of business transaction...two simple things can short-circuit later disagreement over the property's condition: taking pictures and filling out forms that describe the condition of the property today.
Hook Jul 27, 2006 Bella case: Vet tells his side of the story
QUOTE: the desire to heal a cherished animal tends to overrule all other considerations...Sadly, one question has to be: "Can I afford to pay this bill if my pet dies?"
Hook Aug 01, 2004 My top ten consumer tips
QUOTE: If you're renting, take pictures and list all problems as soon as you take possession...Check references when you hire an independent contractor...
Hook May 22, 2003 Sticker shock: What to do when the price is wrong?
QUOTE: Sanchez's friend "proceeded to explain that according to consumer protection laws, vendors are bound to charge the price that is on the item," even if it's been mislabeled.
Hook Apr 03, 2003 Markup madness: Boston taxes still chafe
QUOTE: Thinking of renting a car while traveling? You may want to bring a glossary-- and some very deep pockets. In what some veteran travelers might consider an understatement, the Federal Trade Commission declares that renting a car can be "confusing and expensive." Greg Wood recently learned exactly how confusing and expensive.
Hook Feb 23, 2003 Avoiding wrecks: Consumer tips for U
QUOTE: As it stands now, consumers who want to be certain (if they are buying a pre-wrecked vehicle) would be wise to hire an expert.
Hook Jan 23, 2003 Taken for a ride: loopholes for lemons and the secret history of salvaged cars
QUOTE: Title-washing is a used car industry practice that rips off (and endangers) consumers. Third party companies take cars so badly damaged that an insurance company deems them a total loss ("salvage" grade), repairs them, and then sells them to unsuspecting consumers. The cars are usually damaged in collisions, but sometimes from flooding, fire, theft, etc. The car is then rebuilt and issued a clear title (title-washing) that doesn't mention the car's history of damage and repair (repairs which leave the car much less solid and safe than it was before the damage).
Hook Sep 12, 2002 Devilish dilemma: Pick up what you pay for
QUOTE: ...a sign on the wall that states, in big letters, that unclaimed merchandise will be subject to resale after 30 days.
Hook Jul 25, 2002 The Fearless Consumer- One Born Every...
QUOTE: ...a warning against agencies that charge a fee (legitimate agencies ask only for a picture, never a fee....Another warning: be wary of agencies that "charge you for their classes before you are eligible for modeling work."
Hook Jul 11, 2002 THE FEARLESS CONSUMER: Plop, plop: Pool poop spoils outing
QUOTE: ...the CDC does not consider swim diapers to form an adequate barrier against contamination...
Hook Jun 13, 2002 The Fearless Consumer: Those Cards: Does Kroger Want My Body?
QUOTE: A man had fallen in a supermarket aisle, for instance, and been injured; when he sued for damages, the store threatened to use their record of his liquor purchases to suggest he had a drinking problem.
Hook Apr 11, 2002 THE FEARLESS CONSUMER: A little steep? The financial hazard of summer subletting
QUOTE: ...after 27 years as a renter, I turned into a homeowner[~] and a landlady.... I now understand why landlords foam at the mouth when tenants think they can use the security deposit as their last month's rent.
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