It’s a Deal: Free Consumer Action Handbook

The government’s Federal Citizen Information Center will mail its 2009 Consumer Action Handbook to anyone who requests. The book, which has advice on telemarketing (how to avoid them), online shopping (how to avoid getting ripped off), and filing complaints (where to do it and how), can also be downloaded and read online. More details here.

A Blockbuster Shutdown

Brick and mortar are no matches for cheap kiosks and the Internet. If you hadn’t already gathered, it appears that Netflix and Redbox are taking control of the three-way battle for movie rental customers. The latest sign: Movie rental giant Blockbuster plans to shut down nearly 1,000 stores by the end of 2010.

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