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Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals

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A leading consumer advocate reveals how to protect your money, time, and integrity from corrupt businesses Once upon a time store prices were simple and fair, businesses stood behind their products with guarantees free of fine print and loopholes, and companies genuinely seemed to care about their valued customers--but those days are long gone. In this groundbreaking expos ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Wiley (first published November 30th 2011)
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Richard
Apr 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Scammed is about 200 pages long. I could write a 1000 page book telling, page by page, what I didn't like about this book. In a nutshell, the book is snarky, sometimes offensive, mostly unsubstantiated, and is rather elementary in the advice it gives. Granted, some people may need elementary advice, and so they may find some benefit. (What? Airlines bait and switch? Cell phone companies penalize you for breaking a long-term service contract? Ads aren't always truthful?) But I think most thinking ...more
Kristina Aziz
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pros: Going into this book, just starting it, I had no problems. Though, I was a bit mislead because I thought it would be a financial version of "Eat this, not that." I appreciated that the writing was easy to understand, held my interest even if it didn't encourage the best speed-of-reading (took me about four days to trudge through this one). and I liked that it didn't seem biased toward either consumer or company.




Cons: There was definitely SOME kind of bias there. It was towards the Consumer
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Rebecca
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
The author of this book also writes a website on being an advocate for "travel scams" which I read pretty much every day. I like to think I am a "smart traveler" and I do like reading issues that less smart travelers come into and think what I would do in these situations. There is always a poll at the end of post on if the author should advocate for the issue or not and I do love guessing with the masses, though I always guess with what I think I would do. Something I am right and sometimes I a ...more
Karen!
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I often read the columns by this author on Frommer's website, so I decided to pick-up the book. Much of the information included here is basic. I enjoyed that it was not simply dumping facts and commandments at me, but instead broke-up the heavy content with anecdotes and examples.

I must admit, I was expecting a bit more than common sense, but many of the resources provided are useful for those new to the adulting game.

I quick read, but I would like to see a more extensive guide to avoiding gett
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Brittany Jackson
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great advice for the average person!
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