Fake and dangerous kids products are turning up for sale on Amazon

The listing on Amazon described it as a “4 in 1 Baby car seat and Stroller” and featured images of a popular brand called Doona, including a photo of the US President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, with hers. Listed for $299, this copycat  was $200 cheaper than a real Doona. It was also potentially dangerous for children. The car seat broke into pieces in a 30-mph crash test commissioned by CNN, failing to meet the basic standards set by US regulators. Video of the test shows the toddler dummy twisting as the car seat fractures and slides forward, with plastic pieces that have broken off it flying through the air. In an identical crash test scenario, an authentic Doona met federal requirements, with the car seat remaining in one piece and in place around the dummy. Dr. Alisa Baer, a pediatrician and nationally certified child passenger safety instructor, reviewed the test results and said in a real crash such a car seat failure could put a child in “grave danger” and lead to injuries to a child’s chest, neck or head, including a traumatic brain injury. CNN bought the copycat Doona and had it crash-tested at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute as part of a mon...

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Whether you’re hungry for a hearty helping of early American history from the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Liberty Bell still rests, or if you’re just craving a cheesesteak, Philadelphia satisfies most appetites. An increasingly popular destination with both younger and older travelers, this culture-heavy city with world-class art, top theaters and an enviable culinary scene welcomes everyone, including pets. On your next visit to the birthplace of the nation, use this list of the best pet-friendly hotels to ensure a memorable stay.  The new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia occupies the top floors of the city’s tallest building and aims to provide the most curated Philly experience available. From a James Beard food tour to a customized city masterpiece tour, the Four Seasons will introduce you to the best of the City of Brotherly Love. Pampered pets...

Oprah Just Featured Products Made by 23 Women (Yes, Lady Gaga Is One of Them) in Her Gift Guide

The media queen released her 2019 holiday gift guide – and a third of it is brought to us by women entrepreneurs. The holiday shopping season is nearly upon us. Ahead of that, Oprah released a list full of recommended gift-able goodies — many of them made by women. Every year, the media mogul publishes a list of her “favorite things” that could serve as ideal presents. Of the 79 items she featured for the 2019 holidays, 23 of them are brought to us by women-owned businesses. Some of those female founders are familiar to us — like Sara Blakely, the billionaire behind undergarment company, Spanx. And some of them are international household names for other reasons, like singer Lady Gaga, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. A hemp spa treatment set is made by Gloria L. Williams for customers’ pampering needs. ($150 per set) CEO Denise Lee and her team are offering a simple sweatshirt to comfort-loving customers. ($135 each) These black pants come from the Sara Blakely-founded brand best known for its undergarments. ($110-$128 each) A DIY cheese and charcuterie board made by Boo Simms and Sarah Simms Hendrix lets you assemble the appetizers yourself....

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This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Systems integration is all the rage in the consumer world thanks to voice-enabled devices like Alexa, but connectivity advancements in the business world could be even more impactful due to the Internet of Things (IoT). For self-storage operators, it’s time to go beyond basic IoT device management, centralized data and reporting and gain valuable perspective on how to leverage a smart-connected facility. In this video filmed during the 2019 Inside Self-Storage World Expo, Thomas Brooks guides viewers through “Smart-Connected Self-Storage Facilities: Business in the IoT Age.” The vice president of sales for PTI Security Systems shares insight to what makes a self-storage facility “smart,” and why connecting everything could be a recipe for disaster. He encourages operators to embrace IoT with a strategic vision and tactical plan that will transform data into actionable insights. Watch this session to learn what differentiates smart facili...

Graduating Secured Credit Cards to Full Featured Products

In Mercator Advisory Group’s research on secured cards, we noted how the market changed since the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) eliminated a series of unfair practices. Before the regulation, the market was filled with hard money lenders who took advantage of borrowers with sky-high interest rates and even worse junk fees. Things like application fees, activation fees, and risk fees tainted the product. The CARD Act cleaned up the business, and now top lenders, from Bank of America, Chase, Discover, and US Bank, offer worthwhile cards, with interest rates ranging from 11.65% to 24.99%, and reasonable, in-range fees.  Mastercard and Visa also came out with more rigorous standards for their franchisees. We peg the U.S. market at almost 5 million cards today, with the potential to embrace 500 percent more, given the number of low-banked, underbanked, and unbanked in the market. Working in credit for decades often brings friends and acquaintances with questions about “what is the best card for me to get?” Many times my answer is something along the lines of a Chase Freedom card, which I like because it carries an excellent reward str...

E-cig companies use vape trick videos to market products, study shows

A decidedly lit phenomenon is the subject of a new study from a group of Yale researchers: vape trick videos on YouTube. The researchers previously found that — right behind fruity flavors — young people say vape tricks were one of the leading reasons they wanted to try vaping. So they took a quantitative look at the most popular vaping trick videos on YouTube to find out who’s making them and why they appeal to young people.  They found that the videos feature over 80 percent men. And that over half of those (mostly) bros were white.  More significantly, the researchers also found that nearly half of the videos were directly produced by vaping marketers or stores. It’s likely that the rest of the videos—many from vaping “influencers”—were actually sponsored by vaping companies, said lead researcher Grace Kong. The giveaway? Prominently featured products and logos.  “I don’t know if the private accounts are true private accounts, because they could be getting paid,” Kong said. In case you’ve been living under a rock, vaping (and Juuling) has spread so fast among teens that the U.S. Surgeon General has declared youth e-cigarette use an &#...

Geyser Brands Inc. Featured in CannabisNewsAudio Broadcast on Surge in Hemp-Based Pet Products TSX Venture Exchange:GYSR

NEW YORK, June 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via CannabisNewsAudio – Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR) announces the availability of a CannabisNewsAudio Broadcast titled, “Products for Pets Gain Prominence in Hemp Market.” Recent decades have seen growth in the middle class around the world. The growing strength of emerging economies means that more people across Africa and Asia have wealth to spend on goods beyond the essentials. And among the nonessentials many adopt are pets. Pet ownership is growing around the world, and that growth increases the demand for the items needed that come with owning a pet, including grooming, toys and food. Apawthecary Pets [recently acquired by Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR)] provides a range of CBD treats and oral drops designed to improve the health and well-being of dogs. These products have helped owners treat pain, anxiety, and seizures, making life better for their pets. And now the company is adding a new brand, WildTails, with a range of treats for both dogs and cats. Freeze-dried meat treats infused with hemp or CBD, these products minimize processing and the addition of extra ingredients to make a snack that is both natural and g...

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. With over 30 million foreign visitors each year, Paris is still the most popular tourist destination in the world. Hence it bears to reason that this is a city with a hotel to truly satisfy every traveler. The most sensational places to stay—both on the Right and Left Bank—include romantic palace hotels with world-class chefs, cozy vine-covered boltholes teeming with romance, and innovative design-forward converted townhouses. Rife with history, charm and vintage finds, accommodation is one thing this city of romance always gets right. First opened in 1898 by Swiss-born César Ritz, the Ritz Paris is a national treasure. Coco Chanel lived there for 34 years. And everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Rudolph Valentino, Winston Churchill, and Marcel Proust have rested their famous heads on the hotel’s silky sheets. Hemingway even got a bar named after him. And hotel pays homage to Chop...