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How to Strike Back at Companies With a Credit Card Purchase Dispute

David Bakke is a contributor for Money Crashers Personal Finance where he talks about smart money management and shopping tips. Let's say you just received a product or service from a vendor that you're less than satisfied with. You attempt to return the purchase or get a refund on the service, but the vendor is unwilling to work with you. Are you out of options? Absolutely not. And the best weapon you may have in your arsenal is a credit card dispute or chargeback.  All credit and debit cards offer dispute resolution as an option, and as long as you understand the rules and...

Don`t Be Blinded by Bling, Use Your Head When Choosing a Ring

Opinion Corp Market Research Website, PissedConsumer.com Offers Tips for Buying Wedding Rings It’s wedding season and as the online searches for terms like “wedding venue”, “ wedding dress” and “wedding dance” rise, so do the number of jewelry complaints on pissedconsumer.com, the consumer review site operated by market research firm Opinion Corp. The wedding bands and engagement rings are often one of the most costly parts of the wedding. Avoid following up the wedding day bliss with buyers remorse by being fully informed. Vladimir Nardin, Executive Director of PissedConsumer.com, offers the following tips for purchasing the best engagement or wedding ring: Do Your...

WILL THE REAL LES PAUL PLEASE STAND UP

By Vladimir Nardin, PissedConsumer.com  A good guitar shouldn't cost a fortune. Right? That's what most consumers believe, and the market has responded in some unscrupulous ways. Brands like Apollo, Aspen and Rockinbetter make no bones about it -- they're not the same as the higher-priced brand-name guitar whose design and sound they're trying to emulate. Other guitars aren't at all what they appear to be. Everything down to the slapped-on insignia looks like the genuine article, but after a few minutes of strumming a subpar instrument you'll be left singing the blues. An article in the December 2009 issue of Premier Guitar magazine explored this topic at length: "Then the conversation turned...

5 Simple Ways to Stockpile Cash Before Tax Time

BY CATEY HILL, UltraPawn.com While you’re probably imaging the flat-screen TV or Caribbean vaca you’ll take with that tax refund, the reality is that many of us won’t get anything from the IRS.  Even worse: We might owe money. That’s why it’s important to build up a little cushion of cash now: It can mean the difference between repaying the IRS and them hounding you for cash for months to come (ick!).  Here are five things you can do to easily build up a stash of cash in time for tax time. 1. Don’t overpay for gas It’s tempting just to get gas from...

Tax Preparation Scams

“In this world,” Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Franklin never encountered the 9,834-section Internal Revenue Code that Americans must abide by, otherwise he could add annual tax hassles to the list of life’s certainties. A cottage industry of tax-preparation services has sprouted since Franklin filed his final 1099. In 2007, the most recent year for which U.S. Census data is available, tax preparers reeled in $5.25 billion in receipts. With that much money changing hands -- in addition to even more income, charitable donations and the other tax write-offs preparers are trusted to monitor -- the potential for fraud and...

Top Celebrity Tax Evaders

For most of us, the idea of having IRS troubles brings cold sweats and sleepless nights. When we hear celebrities are having tax issues, we stretch our ears, pop popcorn, grab a bottle of something fun and bubbly and say ‘oooh, what did they do?’ Probably, we enjoy the gossip because we don’t really feel sorry for them. After all, most celebrities have or will have enough money coming in to eventually pay the fine. Yet some do time. Here's a list of famous celebrity tangled finances, past and present, as reported by newsworthy sources. Grab that snack and drink. Kevin...

Ten Terrific Tax Tips

With the tax-filing deadline looming, here are ten tips to help make this year’s filing a breeze. 1. Lost your job? Could be good news!  You might quality for the Earned Income Tax Credit.  And since unemployment benefits do not count towards eligibility, only take your regular wages into account.  For a single, childless taxpayer, you need to make less than $13,980, with two children you qualify with less than $41,952.  2. Report it all! If you did receive unemployment benefits, including disability payments or assistance that falls under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, you should have a Form 1099-G to report your income.  3. Last call for the American Opportunity. The American Opportunity Tax Credit,...

All-Inclusive Vacations: Rewarding or Really Awful?

The travel industry has rebounded nicely from the 2008 recession, but some things never change: Vacation travel and frustration go hand-in-hand from the time we leave the airport. In the most recent data released by the U.S. Travel Association, direct spending on leisure and travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $564 billion in 2011. The economic impact of adults who have cancelled vacations, or grew tired with the hassles of air travel and got turned off from taking off, is just as staggering.  A June 2008 study by the USTA noted that "a deep frustration among air travelers caused them to...

The Today Show Announces “The Travel Season Is Upon Us”

Consumer Complaint Site PissedConsumer.com Offers Tips to Keep Your Air Travel Expectations in Check and Enjoy Your Flight More than 800 passengers complained about U.S. airlines in the last six months on PissedConsumer.com, operated by market research firm Opinion Corp.  Flyers are most often up in arms about refunds they don’t receive, hidden fees, lost and damaged luggage, pricey in-flight food (which isn’t very tasty either), seats being double booked and tickets snafus. Vladimir Nardin, Executive Director of PissedConsumer.com, offers the following tips to consumers planning to travel. 1.  SHOW UP EXTRA EARLY FOR FLIGHTS – buy a day pass for the airport lounge, you will be comfortable...

Transferring Your Prescription May Be Bad For Your Health

No doubt you’ve seen those tempting promotions at pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Target, promising a gift card, coupon--sometimes even cash--if you transfer your prescriptions to them. It seems like a no-brainer. Surely Walgreens can do as good a job at filling your prescriptions as CVS can. And although that $25 reward may sound like a pretty good deal to a cash-strapped consumer, it could actually be a bad deal for their health. A study of pharmacists published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association shows that pharmacists perceive a reduction in the quality of care...
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