Are there too many ads online? Heck yeah — and here’s how to stop them

It’s official: There are too many ads online. Specifically, too many intrusive ads.

Don’t take my word for it. Experts, users, and even the federal government have weighed in on this issue. Yes, the government. Read more “Are there too many ads online? Heck yeah — and here’s how to stop them”

When travel companies sell their mailings lists, junk mail becomes an unwanted souvenir

When Diana Lee Craig cast off on the Oceania Riviera’s 10-day Eastern Caribbean cruise, there were no surprises. The ship left Miami as scheduled, stopping in San Juan, St. John, Punta Cana and Nassau, before returning to Florida. Read more “When travel companies sell their mailings lists, junk mail becomes an unwanted souvenir”

5 most deceptive ads of the year – and what they mean for you

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Minerva/Shutterstock

I’m no fan of “worst of” lists because someone deserving always gets left off, but the list circulated recently by a new consumer advocacy group called Truth In Advertising, made me — how shall I say this — bend my rule.

Truth In Advertising issued a total of 221 alerts in 2013, and technically it didn’t call these ads the most deceptive; its readers did.

Each one of these promos offers a case study in deception — a valuable lesson you can take with you the next time you go shopping. If nothing else, they show that consumers found some of these potentially fraudulent ads to be very entertaining.

You’ll see why in a minute.
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