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.

Recent content from John Ewoldt

Return policies are a bit tighter this year

Plenty of retailers still offer a generous return policy, but Best Buy, Sears and Toys ‘R’ Us made theirs more...

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 08:55 PM

Daily deals sites serve very-last-minute shoppers

Think you’re out of luck for a last minute gift on Christmas? Try LivingSocial, Crowdcut or other daily deal sites.

Updated: December 24, 2013, - 08:23 PM

Northern Tool finds the lighter side of gift giving

The Burnsville-based tool and equipment company puts its tongue firmly in cheek with its novelty catalog.

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 08:12 PM

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

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