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  • Jan 3, 2012
    12:24 PM ET

    Last Year’s 5 Biggest Consumer Snafus

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    It’s difficult to choose the top/worst scandals of 2011 for consumers. There were corporate data breaches, wireless customers left incommunicado, and ill-fated new fees such as Bank of America’s $5 debit card charge. asked a range of experts for the five biggest/worst snafus of 2011, the affects of which will still be felt by consumers in 2012. In no particular order, here they are:

    Bank of America’s $5 Debit Card Fee

    Bank of America announced in September that it would plan to charge a $5 monthly fee for use of its debit cards. Customers revolted. Over 40,000 people joined credit unions as part of a protest that began on Facebook, according to the Credit Union National Association, bringing around $80 million with them. BofA killed the $5 fee in November, saying it had listened to its customers. “The bank was betting that the other mega-banks would follow, making debit cards a thing of the past,” says Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO and co-founder of “That did not happen.” However, it’s not over yet. Experts warn the banks will search for other ways to make up the 50% reduction in interchange fees merchants pay when purchases are made with debit cards.

  • Nov 25, 2011
    12:52 PM ET

    Black Friday: Big Bust?

    Quentin Fottrell
    Toys R Us, Times Square, 8.45am EST Friday.

    Is the most-hyped shopping day of the year all talk?

    As shoppers flocked to stores and shopping malls today — an estimated 152 million Americans will hit the stores this “Black Friday” weekend — many consumers say they’re underwhelmed with the deals and discounts so far.

    “I’m still hoping to be wowed,” said Erin Redshaw of Toronto, who at 9 a.m. already had her hands full with bags from half a dozen different stores near Rockefeller Center in New York City. She said she got some of her best buys at Macy’s, in large part because she had a 20% off coupon mailed back in September, and good through November 27, as an extra perk for store cardholders. (Shoppers with an in-store savings pass from Thursday’s paper could save an extra 10% to 15% off most items.)

  • Nov 14, 2011
    5:04 PM ET

    How Early Can They Go? Shoppers Shift Black Friday Strategies


    Last week, big retailers including Target, Best Buy and Macy’s made 4 a.m. Black Friday shopping passé with midnight openings. This week, they’re the latecomers.

    Toys R Us announced Monday that it would open its stores for Black Friday at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. That’s an hour earlier that the toy chain opened its doors last year. It’s also an hour before next-earliest competitor Wal-Mart plans to open at 10 p.m. Toys R Us also plans to offer coupon booklets to the first 100 shoppers in line, as well as a second round of door-buster deals at 5 a.m. for late shoppers.

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