Consumer News 10/21/15



Today is Back to the Future Day! 
To celebrate, Walmart is giving you a future look at products on its website that might be available someday.
The items include a self-guided jet pack for cats, A Beam Me TV that transports you into your favorite game show or TV episode, a Cyborg Sidekick and a bacon 3D printer to print bacon for every meal. 
If the items become available for purchase on within the next 30 years, customers who reserved a spot on the wait list will receive an email…that’s if email still exists.



Here’s an item that’s pretty futuristic: new chip credit and debit cards.
But now there’s a warning about them. 
As banks send out new microchip cards, scammers are taking advantage of consumers.
According to the FTC, fraudsters are sending out fake emails pretending to be credit card issuers.
The emails tell people they need to update their account by sending a response confirming personal information or clicking on a link in order to get an upgraded card.
Scammers then use that personal information to steal a consumer’s identity.


Finally, here’s an opportunity that’s not a scam: online retail giant amazon is boosting its holiday hiring by 25%
Amazon officials say, they will hire more than 100-thousand seasonal workers.
That’s on top of the 25-thousand full-time employees the company has hired recently.
Those numbers indicate a shift in the way we are shopping.
Brick and Mortar retailers Target and Walmart are hiring about the same number of season associates as last year.
While Kohl’s, JC Penney and Toys-R-Us are hiring fewer people.
Now that’s your morning’s consumer news…

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