John Ewoldt

Reporter | Consumer news
Phone: 612-673-7633
John Ewoldt searches the Twin Cities and beyond for bargains and strategies to spare consumers time, money and hassles.

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Retailers offer holiday bonus gift cards to ensure return visits

Retailers use cards as a way to get around Apple’s minimum advertised price.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 05:24 PM

Christmas tree sold at Menards recalled as a fire hazard

Menards has recalled a 7.5-foot pre-lit artificial Christmas tree that poses a fire hazard.The tree’s lights can “overheat and melt,...

Updated: December 16, 2013, - 08:34 PM

Smartphones are changing the picture for camera sales

The smartphone has become the camera of choice, creating a questionable future for specialty stores and camera departments.

Updated: December 14, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Big-box retailers play match game with prices

Stores’ goodwill gesture can be a hassle for shoppers.

Updated: December 11, 2013, - 09:17 AM

Solving the risk of the toppling tree

Paul Claas of Wisconsin designed his Christmas tree stand to work well for heavy, taller trees.

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 05:13 PM

Black Friday no longer one-day deal; retailers hope to keep it going

This year’s holiday shopping season started in earnest Thursday evening. Major retailers reported brisk traffic Friday and hope to keep it that way through the weekend.

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 06:54 AM

Black Friday eve has retailers, shoppers busy as elves

Target and Wal-Mart issued statements Friday with data that suggested opening on Thursday was the right decision. As more shoppers headed to stores, investors gave retail stocks a boost Friday morning.

Updated: November 29, 2013, - 08:59 AM

Obituary: Brad Wing, special education teacher

Brad Wing was a teacher who gave hope to parents of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder and headaches to...

Updated: November 28, 2013, - 06:57 PM

Small retailers are finding ways to compete with the big boxes

Hoping to pre-empt the one-two punch that big-box retailers deliver on Thanksgiving evening and Black Friday morning, some small Twin Cities retail businesses are bundling together and ­running early promotions.

Updated: November 26, 2013, - 05:58 AM

Best Buy and Wal-Mart offer Black Friday deals a week early

It’s shaping up to be the best holiday shopping season for consumers since 2009, and Black Friday is still a...

Updated: November 22, 2013, - 01:24 PM

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