Consumer news - WSPA.com

  • ConsumerMore>>

  • Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:52:56 GMT
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
    It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
  • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
    Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
  • Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

    Hyundai recalls 888,700 Sonata Sedans

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:14:48 GMT
    Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled. Over 800,000 Hyundai Sonata Sedans have been recalled.
    Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day.
    Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.Stay connected with the news of the day.
  • SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

    SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:50:00 GMT
    WFLA file photo.WFLA file photo.
    A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus.
    A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus.
  • Back to School: Special shoe store for little girls

    Back to School: Special shoe store for little girls

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:51:59 GMT
    Colete Glover-Hannah has turned her living room into a mini shoe store.
    Colete Glover-Hannah has turned her living room into a mini shoe store.
  • Facebook: Get Messenger app

    Facebook: Get Messenger app

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:47:59 GMT
    For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability.
    For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability.
  • Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:22 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:22:47 GMT
    Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.
    Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.
  • Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

    Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:59 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:59:53 GMT
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.
  • 8 ways to save on groceries without coupons

    8 ways to save on groceries without coupons

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:07:49 GMT
    Wikimedia Commons photo by Eja2kWikimedia Commons photo by Eja2k
    ShopSmart magazine sent undercover shoppers through grocery store aisles and discovered plenty of ways to lower your grocery bill.
    ShopSmart magazine sent undercover shoppers through grocery store aisles and discovered plenty of ways to lower your grocery bill.
  • Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:46:28 GMT
    WFLA.com file photoWFLA.com file photo
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:34:46 GMT
    The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.
    The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • P.F. Chang's 'Investigating' Major Credit Card Breach

    P.F. Chang's 'Investigating' Major Credit Card Breach

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:55:33 GMT
    Image NBC News/Steve Anderson photographyImage NBC News/Steve Anderson photography
    P.F. Chang’s is “currently investigating” claims that thousands of credit and debit card numbers had been stolen from restaurant locations across the country.
    P.F. Chang’s is “currently investigating” claims that thousands of credit and debit card numbers had been stolen from restaurant locations across the country.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:25 GMT
    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photoA 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
  • Sen. Nelson calls hearing on grandparent scams

    Sen. Nelson calls hearing on grandparent scams

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-16 09:47:48 GMT
    Grandparent scams have become such a costly problem for American seniors, the US Senate’s Special Committee on Aging will hold a special meeting Wednesday to come up with possible solutions.
    Grandparent scams have become such a costly problem for American seniors, the US Senate’s Special Committee on Aging will hold a special meeting Wednesday to come up with possible solutions.
  • Auto loans getting longer

    Auto loans getting longer

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:19:25 GMT
    As cars get more expensive car loans get longer and longer. Over the last decade the length of the average car loan has crept past five years and is now nearly five and a half years long, according to Edmunds.com.Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com says "I think our parents used to get two and three year car loans but now we're getting five, six, seven and even 8 year car loans.
    As cars get more expensive car loans get longer and longer. Over the last decade the length of the average car loan has crept past five years and is now nearly five and a half years long, according to Edmunds.com.Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com says "I think our parents used to get two and three year car loans but now we're getting five, six, seven and even 8 year car loans.
  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:36 AM EDT2014-07-14 08:36:49 GMT
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad.
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad.
  • Honda recalls more vehicles for faulty airbags

    Honda recalls more vehicles for faulty airbags

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-10 10:25:47 GMT
    Honda is recalling up to 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker affected by faulty Takata airbags.
    Honda is recalling up to 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker affected by faulty Takata airbags.
  • Best travel reward credit cards

    Best travel reward credit cards

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-07-09 19:24:16 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Consumer flock to travel rewards credit cards but they are not all created equal.Credit.com is out with its new 2014 list of the best travel reward credit cards. These are not cards that offer points and miles with airline and hotel programs, but cards that offer rewards points issued by the banks that can be used for nearly any travel reservation.
    Consumer flock to travel rewards credit cards but they are not all created equal.Credit.com is out with its new 2014 list of the best travel reward credit cards. These are not cards that offer points and miles with airline and hotel programs, but cards that offer rewards points issued by the banks that can be used for nearly any travel reservation.
  • Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers

    Training video shows home security employees instructed to lie to customers

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-07-08 23:55:25 GMT
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
    A behind-the-scenes video, obtained by News Channel 8, sheds some light on the questionable sales tactics of a Utah-based security company.
  • Tips to save battery power on your cell phone

    Tips to save battery power on your cell phone

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:24:01 GMT
    Considering how much we rely on our cell phones, having a dead battery can really leave you feeling stranded.  But there are ways to save battery power and make your charge last longer.   The screen
    Considering how much we rely on our cell phones, having a dead battery can really leave you feeling stranded.  But there are ways to save battery power and make your charge last longer.
  • Blue Bird recalls school buses for steering issue

    Blue Bird recalls school buses for steering issue

    Monday, July 7 2014 5:40 AM EDT2014-07-07 09:40:00 GMT
    Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.
    Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.
  • 8 ON YOUR SIDE warns Tampa Bay consumers about crowd hacking

    8 ON YOUR SIDE warns Tampa Bay consumers about crowd hacking

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 6:22 AM EDT2014-04-29 10:22:43 GMT
    A Florida security expert warns about wireless pickpocketing, as some others downplay the threat.
    A Florida security expert warns about wireless pickpocketing, as some others downplay the threat.
  • St. Pete bike co-op rolls out

    St. Pete bike co-op rolls out

    Thursday, February 20 2014 4:27 PM EST2014-02-20 21:27:56 GMT
    If you're standing at the St. Petersburg Shuffle Board Courts you might not notice there's another sport waiting in the wings.
    If you're standing at the St. Petersburg Shuffle Board Courts you might not notice there's another sport waiting in the wings.
  • Hudson Craig's List seller discovered scam

    Hudson Craig's List seller discovered scam

    Wednesday, October 9 2013 8:32 AM EDT2013-10-09 12:32:22 GMT
    When Wally Pember needed to sell a generator, he turned to Craig's List, and a buyer quickly responded to accept his $450 offer.
    When Wally Pember needed to sell a generator, he turned to Craig's List, and a buyer quickly responded to accept his $450 offer.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.