Julie Watts

Post-Modern Jukebox keyboardist

Starving Artists Turn To Fans To Crowdfund Their Work

Making music for a living is a gamble. Now, some starving artists are getting funding straight from their fans.

11/11/2014

gift card, credit card

Bay Area Man’s Gift Card Comes With Strings Attached

After getting a $150 gift card from Nissan to help cover repair costs, a Bay Area man found out his gift card wasn’t really a gift card at all.

11/10/2014

Eileen Joyce

Older Americans, Still Saddled With Student Debt, Find Social Security Benefits At Risk

An estimated 2 million Americans age 60 and older who are still carrying student debt and learning too late that their Social Security benefits could be in jeopardy.

10/31/2014

A lab technician works on a blood sample at a hospital. (FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Study Finds $10 To $10,000 Price Range For Same Blood Test At Different California Hospitals

A study of prices for common blood tests in California has discovered patients are along an extreme range of price differences, some as little as $10 all the way up to more than $10,000 for the same test.

08/15/2014

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East Bay Cobbler Practicing Dying Art That Helps Shoe Shoppers Save Money

Americans toss out about 300 million pairs of shoes each year, because it’s often cheaper to buy a new pair than repair an old pair of shoes.

08/05/2014

Uber Vehicle

Some Uber Drivers Accused Of Gaming System To Get Lucrative Airport Fares

Some Uber drivers are accusing other drivers of playing dirty to gain more lucrative airport fares.

07/29/2014

Woman using her cellphone at work.

Warning: Your Employer Could Wipe Your Cellphone, Laptop, Tablet — Clean

If you have opted to use your own device at work be warned: that convenience could end up costing you money and all your memories.

06/03/2014

The Watson family's 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. (CBS)

Ford Probes Fusion Hybrid Stalling Reports After Bay Area Family Car Failures Lead To Freeway Crash

Ford Motor Company is facing questions about potential catastrophic failures in 2010 Fusion Hybrids after an East Bay family’s Fusion stalled not once, but twice, leading to a freeway crash.

05/19/2014

A receipt from a Safeway supermarket in Burlingame. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Safeway Agrees To $2.25 Million Settlement For Overcharging

In 2012, ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts went undercover shopping at 5 Safeway stores in 3 counties. She was overcharged 5 times. According to more than 1,800 scanner inspections at Safeway-operated stores in 31 California counties and 11 different states, ConsumerWatch discovered that inspectors were overcharged on 1 out of every 50 items purchased over a 5 years span in California alone.

03/06/2014

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ConsumerWatch: Early Black Friday Deals May Be A Mixed Bag

With Black Friday still the most popular day to shop during the holidays according to a new CBS News poll, more retailers than ever will now be open on Thanksgiving Day, even as retail experts warn not every holiday deal is as great as it sounds.

11/21/2013

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