My Name is Annys
This marks my first appearance as the voice behind The Checkout.
A brief introduction: I come to the consumer beat after covering a motley assortment of topics for the business section, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Dan Snyder's proxy fight for Six Flags Inc. and local media companies.
(In case you're wondering, Annys is pronounced ANN-is, like Janice without the J. It's from a name dictionary--a last minute substitution for Peter.)
If you're faithful readers of this blog, you know that I have some big shoes to fill. Caroline--we're all on a first-name basis here in blog land, aren't we?--created the consumer affairs beat at The Washington Post and she launched this blog.
She's not totally abandoning us, but staying in the blogosphere, where we're sure to hear from her again. In the meantime, I plan to keep talking about some of the topics Caroline has raised here and in the newspaper, such as marketing to children. Plus, I'll delve into some of the absurdities of being a modern consumer. After all, consumer advocates are fond of saying this is the best and the worst time in history to be a consumer. The best, in the sense that you have more information at your fingertips than ever before, and the worst because you have to endure things like typing in your 16-digit account number to reach a human being who then asks you for your 16-digit account number.
In this space, I intend to tackle everything from burning laptops and mystery cell phone bill charges to counter-telemarketing scripts and how food manufacturers make kids love Fruity Pebbles. Product safety, marketing practices, customer service, government regulation, recourse for consumers--these are all subjects I expect to visit on a regular basis.
Mostly, though, I'd like to hear from you. You can start by telling me this: What are the sorts of consumer issues you think I should write about?
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