22 Jul '11, 4pm

@Public_Citizen asks 2 make online appliance retailers clearly show consumers energy efficiency data

Groups ask FTC to take the mystery out of appliance information Today, we begin with a quiz: Q: Which of the following should online consumers have to do to be able to evaluate the operating costs of an appliance? Scroll to the very bottom of a long page of text, then visit other websites and do the same until they have enough data points to make their own comparisons Click on a button labeled "Larger Photo" Follow a link labeled "Manual" Find and follow a link labeled "Take a Product Tour," and then select a tab labeled "Documents" The answer, of course, is none of the above. Energy efficiency information is an important consideration for those who want to know the real costs of appliances before purchasing them, and consumers are legally entitled to it. But many online retailers require consumers who want it to jump through just these sorts of ridiculous hoops, as you ca...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-july/playing-hide-and-s...

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