consumers

Fake reviews boost popular products on Amazon, probe finds

It's a common scenario: A consumer visits Amazon or some other giant e-commerce marketplace looking for a new pair of headphones or a wireless speaker or some other piece of tech. They know what they want, but not exactly what they want, so they take a look at product reviews to help make their decision.

Shoppers are propping up US economy

1. Negative feedback loop: The American shopper — the MVP of the national, if not the global, economy — is suddenly showing signs of fatigue.

Call For Action volunteers report 309 successful cases in 1st year

News 3 will be featuring successful CFA stories this week

Call For Action volunteers have solved roughly a problem a day every weekday over the program's first year of operation with News 3. The consumer mediation efforts have helped get back more than $275,000 for consumers since last April.

Gas prices lowest since Feb. 2011

Consumers may have noticed gas prices are following and they are now at their lowest level since February 2011. The national average is $3.19 per gallon.