November 11, 1987 |
A San Francisco-based consumer group charged Tuesday that US Sprint used "misleading and deceptive advertising" in claiming that AT&T customers pay "up to 50% more" for long-distance telephone service than do Sprint customers. The group, Consumer Action, took issue with statements contained in brochures mailed last month to prospective customers.
June 7, 1990 |
Advertised pay-per-call "900" phone information numbers often employ deceptive marketing tactics and ultimately cost consumers more than expected while providing less information, according to a national survey of 144 such phone lines to be released today.
February 20, 1991 |
Shopping around for low-interest credit cards now that you can't write off card-interest debt on your federal income taxes? You'll have to hunt harder this year for bargain rate cards. There are still some bank cards in the 14% to 16% bracket available--the national average rate for all credit cards, including department stores, is 18.8%--and diligence in searching for such cards can pay off, banking advisers insist.
March 9, 1999 |
A consumer group is turning the tables on banks' chief complaint against credit unions, saying bankers receive far more in federal subsidies than their nonprofit rivals. The study, to be released today by San Francisco's Consumer Action, contends banks receive two to five times as much in federal benefits as credit unions, even after adjusting for banks' far greater asset size.
November 20, 1990 |
Low-interest-rate bank credit cards are becoming more difficult to locate, according to a survey to be released today by Consumer Action, a San Francisco group. Out of the 59 banks, thrifts and credit unions that Consumer Action surveyed, only three California institutions offered credit cards with rates at or below 16%, down from nine two years ago. And this year the consumer group was able to find only nine out-of-state companies offering low-rate cards, compared to 20 in 1987.
June 30, 1995 |
San Francisco's Consumer Action, which has long been distributing educational materials to about 600 social service agencies in Los Angeles, now has an outreach office here. "We opened our office at 523 W. 6th St. about a year ago, but we are just starting to establish a presence for community action," says director Cher McIntyre. "It's difficult when you are starting from scratch in a city this size, where the needs are so great."