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Consumer Scams – do your homework

The Internet can be a deceit-filled cauldron for on-line consumers.  Though there are plenty of reputable and reliable e-tailers and manufacturers on the net, don’t ignore that little voice in your head when it questions the veracity of a product’s claims.  One should always do a little research before leaping to buy that newfangled thingamajig.


Here’s a list of some sites to help you do your detective work:

  • – the old standby still gets the job done.  very good with local research.
  • – not always loaded with info but easy to use and you can strike gold.
  • – has a very ‘America’s Most Wanted’ feel about it, if you go for that kind of thing.
  • – consumer law site will help you get after ’em.
  • – the folks at Consumer Reports take on web scams.
  • – ad-supported site that can aid you in everything from locating your local FBI office, to helping you avoid getting scammed by a psychic.

Also, there’s no trusting those those internet suffixes anymore.  The .org, net, info, etc designation does NOT necessarily indicate non-profit status. Plenty of sites are misrepresenting themselves for fun and profit.  Be careful out there.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Win a Signed Copy of Eco-Friendly Families – Great Green Giveaway

UPDATE:  12.9.08  We have an official winner – Congratulations to Valerie M!  Thanks to everyone for participating.  Although this Giveaway is closed, be sure to check out our current Great Green Giveaways listed on our page.

Printed on 100% recycled paper, here’s the perfect gift for you, your friends and your family. Author Helen Coronato is hosting a signed giveaway of her highly acclaimed book, Eco Friendly Families – a guide to green for toddlers to teens.

eff1.jpgTo Enter – Simply enter a comment on this post telling us why you’d like to win this Great Green Giveaway.

Prize notification – via email, so be sure to add the following to your address book: m at

Entries must be received by 12n (ET), Mon., December 8.

Random Drawing takes place on December 8, 2008. One lucky winner will be notified by email. Winner needs to reply to notification within 24 hours in order to claim prize, otherwise their offer is null and void. Winner’s name will be added to this post.

Good luck! (One entry per person.)
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Related:  check out Jamie’s book review (7.26.08)
Eco-Friendly Families – Guide Your Green Life

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gift wrap the eco way

Step away from the tape dispenser and forget about tying the perfect bow. Just keep some of your favorite fabric and scissors on hand.


Check out Furoshiki Japanese Wrapping for eco-friendly gift wrapping — what a cute video. The fabric wrapping of two books or wine bottles looks as lovely as a pas de deux.  Thanks to Recycle Now for the tip!


Also on the green wrap scene is Oakland-based, fwrap (pronounced, frap, which is shorthand for “fabric wrap”). Some of these chic fwraps are made with Eco-fi, (above) from recycled PET plastic bottles. Sweet.  Find sizing and pricing details on

Related: also on altCon (12.18.10) –

Eco friendly Gift Wrap for Holidays and Special Occasions

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a mixed bag of green news


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