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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

Can You Get a Loan for a Cellphone?

Personal Finance

Can You Get a Loan for a Cellphone?

Can You Get a Loan for a Cellphone?

The next time you buy a cellphone, things will probably be very different. And better, for the most part. Cellphone contracts look to be going the way of the flip phone, replaced by what are essentially no-interest phone loans. Here’s why that matters. Comparison shopping is the consumer’s best tactic, and most big companies’ biggest… Read More

How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

Auto Loans

How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

How to Avoid Used Car Loan Gotchas

Used cars have always appealed to the budget-conscious shoppers because of their low prices, but there’s always been a drawback — used car loans. Until recently, bank loans for used cars were tricky to get, and were much more expensive than new car loans. But that’s changing. With car dealers successfully edging banks out of… Read More

Can I Get a Loan to Buy a New Computer?

Managing Debt

Can I Get a Loan to Buy a New Computer?

Can I Get a Loan to Buy a New Computer?

A new computer, for as low as $24 a month! That might sound like a steal, but — as with any type of financing — make sure you do the math, and research your options. It may be tempting to buy a new PC in August, particularly with back-to-school sales. Even if you don’t need a new… Read More

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

Personal Finance

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

For years now, getting a good price on a hotel room has become quite the cat-and mouse game. The Internet made comparison shopping incredibly easy, putting price pressure on hotels. They responded by inventing tack-on surcharges like “resort fees” to obscure the bargain-hunting process. Then they beefed up hotel rewards programs in an effort to steer… Read More

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