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Check your basket for unwanted items when buying online

By Mitch Lipka
Globe Correspondent / December 4, 2011
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Sears.com has been automatically adding extended warranties to appliance orders unless customers opt-out during checkout, a local consumer advocate recently discovered. Edgar Dworsky, who runs the Cambridge-based consumer education site ConsumerWorld.org, said he was shopping for refrigerators on the Sears.com site when he noticed the $1,299 price swelled by $469. The reason: A five-year warranty was a default selection. He had to uncheck it to avoid the charge. “This is a very sneaky practice,’’ said Dworsky.

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