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Roma as Consumers

John Feffer | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

When it comes to Roma, East-Central Europe is still in its segregation era. The business community hasn't really begun to see Roma as consumers because it's too busy worrying about how an association with Roma would adversely affect its image. Istvan Forgacs would like to change that.

Leveraging Behavioral Intelligence

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 01.28.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Perhaps you linger, click slowly, scroll a bit. Automatic algorithms will use your lurk behavior, even your mouse click speeds, to estimate ever more accurately whether you're a serious shopper or just a window viewer.

Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015

Grace McClure | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology
Grace McClure

We've scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the 'coolest' crowdfunding potential for 2015.

'Twas The Day After Christmas

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business
Shruti Eva Saini

It's a common emerging theme -- unleashing products for a holiday in an accelerated non-sequential order (with so much Christmas stimuli in stores in November I often found myself wondering what happened to Thanksgiving) -- but who is causing and reinforcing this trend?

Food Labeling Fatigue

Julie Gunlock | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Julie Gunlock

Food activists are free to pursue ballot initiatives. They are free to harass food manufacturers into compliance with their many outrageous demands. But voters should know that this comes at a cost--to large and small food companies, farmers, and mostly it costs you, the consumer.

Faith Leaders Join The Fight For Lower Payday Loan Rates

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instea...

Are We Viewing Consumer as Human?

Jure Klepic | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Jure Klepic

Companies which take the time to study cultures and subcultures, look for patterns and themes, and truly look at their consumers as human beings instead of just marketing statistics will increase the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns and improve their overall consumer experience.

The Bright Side of Black Friday

Francine LeFrak | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Black Friday has the power to do good. This day of extreme consumerism, this day that that causes stampedes in the name of giving gifts, can give the greatest gift of all -- the promise of a brighter future.

Are Those TripAdvisor Reviews Reliable?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

Some reviewers feel entitled and use the reviews to extract or obtain freebies from the hotels. Commenters who have a low number of reviews or a pattern of posting numerous harsh or auspicious reviews are dubious.

The Most Opinionated States in the Country Might Surprise You [Infographic]

Andre Bourque | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

The consumer advocacy group and online review platform examined which states are most likely to review or complain about businesses and brands. A preview of their new infographic highlights which states are the most vocal using a heat map.

The Ethics of Consumers Utilizing Full-Service Retailers for Product Education

Brad Reid | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Numerous court decisions stated that if the full-service store and the manufacturer agreed not to sell the product to discounters, then this constitutes a group boycott in violation of antitrust law. However, if the manufacturer unilaterally stopped selling to discounters, even after hearing full-service retailers' complaints, then this action does not violate antitrust law.

Do You Need ID Theft Insurance or Credit Monitoring?

Jason Alderman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

Do you want to monitor your own credit (which is free but time-consuming) or hand off the task to a third party and pay hundreds of dollars? Either way, make sure it gets done.

Outrage of the Month: Peddling Bad Medicine With Deceptive Advertising

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

Too often, companies entice consumers into purchasing health care products based on deceptive advertisements that overstate the potential benefits of the products and omit key information about risks.

Quiz: Is an Electric Car Right for You?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

A poll last year found that nearly half of American households could purchase an EV for their next car; it would be a great fit for their driving needs, and they would have a place to charge it with electricity. We're talking about many millions of people. Are you one of them?

Data Mining: The Consumer Becoming the Consumed

Henk Campher | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Henk Campher

Does it feel like someone is always watching you? Have you noticed the same ads showing up no matter where you go online? And they all try to sell you stuff that has very little to do with your actual interests?

When Ralph Nader Was the Consumer's Hero

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Ralph Nader is to blame. It's that simple. I'm not talking about the election of 2000, where his candidacy was enough to hand the presidency to George W. Bush and all that has followed. I'm talking about when Nader went AWOL as the nation's consumer conscience.

Green Is Not Enough: How to Make an Earth Friendly Brand Stand Out

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

Deceptive "green washing" claims aside, this is a business trend that is unequivocally good: it's good for the environment, it's good for the consumer, and there is a growing consensus that it's good for business.

The Dictatorship of Consumption

Jacques Attali | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Jacques Attali

Forgetting the real world is never a good omen. It always come to mind. It is therefore urgent to reconnect with it. It is even what we should first teach to children: Commodity consumption should no longer be the ultimate goal of our societies, and all work should be an art of creation. We are far from it.

AmazonSmile: Shop 'Til You Drop and Feel Good About It

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

Online shopping provides consumers an opportunity to shop 24-hours a day, 7 days a week -- and now they can "do good" around the clock. Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, is making the next move in online giving.

Losing the Plot

Michael Ramah | Posted 10.18.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

I don't want to spoil the party, but no matter how overused and meaningless it becomes, the word "narrative" actually has a very specific definition. And its meaning is entirely, critically relevant to effective branding and consumer engagement.

How to Keep Your Car from Becoming a High-Tech Death Trap

Jeff Fox | Posted 10.10.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

What if driving your car exposed you to the tender mercies of online criminals the same way that using a credit card at Target last fall did?

Understanding the Implications of Consumer Empowerment in Health Care

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Renée Richardson Gosline

The days of the passive patient and omnipotent Marcus Welby-like physician are long gone. Since the 1990s, consumer empowerment in health care has bee...

Shopping for Your Health Care: Can You Tell if the Price Is Right?

Joshua Liao | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Joshua Liao

I believe in a tomorrow with more transparency and greater consumer awareness; one with troves of information at our fingertips; one where we can make health decisions with our eyes open. So for all of their limitations, the most recent Medicare releases are steps in the right direction.

The Most Expensive Gas in America? Unfortunately, I Think I Found it...

Paul LaRosa | Posted 09.02.2014 | Travel
Paul LaRosa

This is a photo from my vacation last week along the Northern California coast. The scenery was spectacular, the food was good and, as a bonus, I be...

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 09.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.