Michael Finney answers your consumer questions

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Fed up? Curious? Furious?! If you need help, just ask Michael Finney, your own consumer expert from 7 On Your Side!

7 On Your Side's Consumer expert Michael Finney answers your questions, every weekday on ABC7 Mornings. Submit your video questions and tune in at 6 a.m.

Question 1:
Matt from Manhattan Beach asks: do food samples at the stores actually help sell the food product?

Answer:
Apparently, it works. The Atlantic had an article that showed pizza samples increased pizza sales by 600-percent. And interestingly, if you taste a sample, there is research showing you feel social pressure to buy the product. Something to think about, the next time you shop.

Question 2:
John asks: Are there any safety concerns with fidget spinners?

Answer:
There are concerns with fidget spinners. The Consumer Product Safety Commission started looking into allegations the popular toy can fall apart, and that some small pieces might be swallowed by a young child. And, I reported last month, here on abc7 news, two moms said, a bluetooth fidget spinner burst into flames while charging. So now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating that latest claim. It's always important never to leave a spinner or gadget on a charger while you're asleep or away.

Question 3:

Ruby from Oakland asks: I have a phone problem. I'm trying to get it restored. It has been turned off. What can I do to restore it a timely manner?

Answer:
Sounds like they turned off your service. If you're current on your payments, call, and ask what's up. If they don't have a good answer, call or write me here at the station and I will ask them to check into it.

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