MISSION

ARMING THE CONSUMER

Our mission is to arm the consumer with information and insight into how their interests are affected by business decisions in the markets and policy decisions in government.

Consumers’ Bulletin believes that the cost, quality, availability, and variety of goods and services used or desired by American consumers — from both the private and public sectors — are improved by greater consumer knowledge.

Many consumer-focused organizations approach consumer protection from a paternalistic perspective: Consumers cannot be trusted to make wise decisions on their own and ought to be protected from themselves and from the businesses that serve them through top-down governance. However, we believe that the safest consumer is an educated, savvy consumer. Government regulations often serve select corporate interests over less politically connected businesses at the expense of the general welfare and the end user. The same impulse that can drive businesses to cheat consumers in the marketplace can drive them to co-opt government policy to do the same.

Consumers’ Bulletin exists to arm the consumer to avoid the dual harms of mischief in the markets and mischief by policymakers.

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Federal Regulators Aim to Give Consumers More Freedom to Make Their Own Repairs July 26, 2021 by Noah Rothstein - By Noah Rothstein Federal regulators are eyeing certain actions to give consumers the freedom to repair their own electronic devices.   The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) believes certain restrictions that force consumers into manufacturers’ and sellers’ repair networks, leading them to replace products before the end of their usefulness, is a potentially anti-competitive practice.   […]
Companies Warn of Food Shortages July 20, 2021 by Natalie DeCoste - By Natalie DeCoste Supply chain problems have been plaguing American consumers since the start of the pandemic, and the latest word coming from the restaurant industry reveals these issues have not gone away. Two major chains, Starbucks and Taco Bell, have warned consumers that some of their menu items may not be available. Taco Bell is […]
Johnson & Johnson Recall Sunscreens Due to Cancer-Causing Chemicals July 15, 2021 by Emma Nitzsche - By Emma Nitzsche  On Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall on five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products after a low level of benzene was detected in some samples. The recalled products included its Beach Defense Sunscreen, Cool Dry Sport Invisible Daily and Ultra Sheer, and Aveeno’s Protect & Refresh aerosol sunscreen. The […]
Semiconductor Producer Broadcom Charged with Illegal Monopolization July 6, 2021 by Natalie DeCoste - By Natalie DeCoste The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed charges against semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom on July 2 over allegations that the company illegally monopolized the market for semiconductor components. The FTC announced that it filed a complaint against Broadcom for illegally monopolizing markets for semiconductor components through exclusive dealings. These semiconductor chips are used to deliver television […]
Consumers’ Research Launches Initiative Warning Companies to Put Consumers First – and Stop Playing Woke Political Games May 21, 2021 by Consumers' Research - Consumers’ Research launched the Consumers First Initiative on May 18, a major “name and shame” campaign against corporations that try to distract attention from their corporate failures by playing woke politics. Consumers’ Research’s initial launch includes an ad buy of well over seven figures with hard-hitting ads critical of American Airlines, Coca-Cola, and Nike for putting woke politics over consumer interests. The […]