Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 29, 1977 · Page 7
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 7

Garden City, Kansas
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Tuesday, November 29, 1977
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Garden Cily Telegram Tuesday. November 29, 1977 Page 7 Mail Order Season Is Upon Consumers By LOUISE COOK Associated Press Writer "Tis the season when holiday catalogues appear to tempt consumers with visions of mail order merchandise which add up to a multibillion dollar industry. Although December is not the biggest month for the mail order business — January sales are actually the largest — it does bring an increased number of offerings in mailboxes and as supplements to Sunday newspapers. Consumers planning to shop by mail should lake precautions, however, to avoid disappointments. Mail order firms consistently rank high on complaint lists. The federal Office of Consumer Affairs says that 8.1 percent of all complaints received from February through December 1976 concerned mail orders. Only automobiles drew more complaints. Federal Trade Commission regulations implemented last year impose strict standards for delivery and it pays to be aware of them. Under the rules, a manufacturer who promises, in an ad or brochure, that your package will be "rushed to you in a week'' — or two weeks or any given period — must ship it within that time. If the seller does not promise delivery by a certain date, you have the right to have it shipped to you within 30 days after your order is received. If the merchandise is not shipped by the date specified or within the 30-day limit, you have the right to cancel your order. The seller must notify you of the delay and provide a free means — a postage-paid card, for example — for you to reply. The regulations do not apply to services like mail order photo finishing, to magazine subscriptions, to mail order seeds and plants or to COD orders. If you have a problem, you can write to Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, MO-P, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C., 20580. The Direct Mail Marketing Association, which represents 65 to 70 percent of the industry, also tries to handle consumer complaints. The association's address is: 6 E. 43rd St., New York, N.Y., 10017. To minimize potential troubles, industry spokesmen and government agencies advise consumers to follow a few basic rules: —Shop around just as you would with a regular store. Ask friends if they have used a particular company. Check the Belter Business Bureau. — Read catalogues carefully. Make sure prices include shipping and handling charges. Compare prices with those in retail stores. —Order as early as possible. Look at the fine print lo find oul if Ihere is a cut-off date after which delivery cannot be guaranteed. This is particularly important at Christmas. —Find out what sort of guarantee is included. —Never send cash. Always pay by money order or check. Keep a record of the number along with the date you placed lhe order, the name and address of the company, 'he product and the price. —Be sure lo indicate your name and address clearly It the item is a gifl, make clear where it should be senl. Hello, stranger t Beef Costs Up; Other Meats Down Searching for answers to all those who/ what/where questions abouti your new city? ' As your WELCOME WAGON Hostess, it's my job to help you get over the hurdles of being a newcomer. Dy bringing you some useful gifts. Community info. Advice on reliable businesses in your new neighborhood. And more. A WELCOME WAGON call should be one of the very first nice things to happen when you're new here. 275-5644 By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Relail beef prices in Oclober rose lo Iheir highest level in 18 monlhs, and furlher increases may be on Ihe way. The Agriculture Department said Friday that retail cuts of choice-grade beef sold lasl month for an average of almosl $1.42 a pound. Thai is an all composile price used lo compare meal prices changes. In Seplember, Ihe retail price of beef was slightly less than $1.39 a pound. According lo deparlment records, the $1.42 in October was Ihe mosl since beef was al lhal level in May 1976. Tenlalive figures also show lhal beef prices have con- linued lo edge up in November. Pork prices, however, were down in Oclober as hog slaughler picked up seasonally from Seplember. An oullook for more pork and The microwave oven no other microwave oven can touch... Touch matic^T^^N^o^a^tA^x MICROWAVE»OVEN Now with COOKMATIC POWER SHIFT Model RR-9 The first microwave oven with a memory. It's like having a computer in your kitchen! Touchmatic Computerized Control Remembers what you tell it to do by touching numbers and words on the control panel. Remembers . . . how long to defrost. Remembers ... to wait for food temperature to equalize. Remembers . . . just how long to cook. Remembers ... to shut itself off and call you for dinner with a pleasant beep. Remembers... to display the time of day when cooking's completed. In lights! ' Stainless steel interior. . . large enough for a family size turkey. • See-through window and interior light so you can see what's cooking. Cookmatic Power Shift puts you in full control of everything you cook. Why? Because you can slide the Amana Cookmatic Power Shift to the precise setting or combination of settings that best suit the particular food you're preparing. So you cook the way you're use to. Nothing new — only faster. If the casserole's too hot, slide the Cookmatic Power Shift to a slower speed. Adjust while you're cooking — faster or slower. On one of the lower settings, you can create the special effects of slow-cooked recipes, or pamper delicate items like cheeses, milk and eggs. On "warm", you can keep foods table ready without overcooking. Cookmatic Power Shift — keeps you, the cook, in full control of what's cooking. broiler chicken is expected to help temper beef price gains in the coming months. But red meat production is down from a year ago. Beef output by slaughter plants in October was down 5 percent, and pork was down 3 percent. Veal, lamb and mutton production also declined from a year ago. The new report said the farm value of beef sold in stores last month was 84.4 cents a pound, up from 80.2 cents in September, reflecting higher cattle prices. The Amana Home Economist will be in our store on WED., NOV. 30 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. to demonstrate the Amana Radarange. JARMER BROS. APPLIANCES "the Quality You Desire, The Service You Deserve" 214 N. Main 276-2152 . — j Thai is nol what producers get for live catlle, since il lakes about 2.3 pounds of live sleer lo make a pound of beef. Bui il does translate to what Ihe farmer gels as his share of whal consumers pay for beef. The "markeling spread" for beef, or whal middlemen gel for processing and merchandising il, was 57.1 cents a pound last month, down from 58.7 in September. Officials said the relail price of pork averaged aboul $1.27 a pound, down from almosl $1.31 in Seplember. Ree Briefs BASKETBALL: Coaches, managers, and officials in Ihe men's A and B leagues will have an organizalional meeling, Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. al Ihe Civic Cenler. Length of season, playing days and limes, rules, and enlry fees will be Ihe lopic of discussion. League play is scheduled to begin January 9lh. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LEAGUE: Lei's Iry somelhing. new. Women's Townleam Basketball. The center is looking for interested women who would like lo gel back into the game. Do some talking to friends and neighbors and gel a learn together. Bring your thoughts and ideas 10 an organizalional meeling on December 12 al 7 p.m. at Ihe Civic Cenler. Al Ihis time we can discuss fees, rules, etc. We must have at least five interested teams lo start such a league. Any woman 16 years and older may participale. Give us a call al Ihe Civic Cenler — 276-2362 and ask for Sonnie for any queslions you might have. This will be the only women's league offered in Garden City. SKI TRIP: Our December 911 ski trip to Keyslone, Colo., is full. We still have Iwo more trips coming up — January 2729 to Breckenridge and March 3-5 lo Copper Mounlain. Come in to the Civic Center to sign up for either Irip. SOUTH PACIFIC: We slill have several costumes and props from Soulh Pacific. If you are missing an item used in the play, please come by the Civic Center and pick them up. Also, any cast member who wants a posler from Soulh Pacific please come by Ihe Civic Cenler and leave your names. Programs are also available. SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL MEETINGS: Softball and baseball coaches meeling are slill under way. Check your lime and date to attend the meeling which involves you. All meelings will be held al Ihe Civic Cenler. November 29 — Prairie, 6:30p.m.; and Planel, 8p.m.; November 30 — Zodiac, 6:30 p.m. December l — Pee Wee, 8 p.m.; December 5 — Major, 6:30 p.m.; and December 6 — Minor, 6:30 p.m. Pork's farm value was 72.7 cents a pound, down a penny from 73.7 in September. The middlemen's share dropped to 54.2 cenls from 57.1 cenls. The report said lhal Ihe market price of choice-grade steers at major markets last Louisburg Stores Burn LOUISBURG, Kan. (AP) — Firefighlers ballled a blaze for five hours lhat destroyed Iwo downtown buildings in Louisburg over Ihe weekend. No one was injured. Firemen from Louisburg, Paola, Spring Hill, Osawatomie and Overland Park worked to bring it under control early Sunday. The First National Bank of Louisburg was gutted by the fire and a Western Auto store was completely demolished, while an adjoining meat market and an electronics store received smoke and water damage. When firefighters ran oul of water during the blaze, pumper trucks had to be brought in from neighboring communities in both Kansas and Missouri. The cause of the fire and an estimate of the damage were nol immediately determined. FRANK'S STEAMWAY CARPET & UPHOLSTERY <• GLEAMING Frank Musquiz Call 276 3737 monlh averaged $41.60 per 100 pounds, up from $39.73 in Seplember. However, hogs dropped lo $40.83 per 100 pounds from $41.40 in Sep- lember. Looking al whal happened lo prices of fam-produced food as a group lasl monlh, Ihe report said lhal Ihe markeling spread belween farmers and consumers decreased six- tenths of l percenl from Seplember. Officials said lhal in addition lo beef and pork, middleman spreads also were smaller for fresh vegetables and oilseed producls. "Spreads for poultry, eggs and dairy producls increased sharply, while spreads for olher foods changed lillle," the report said. The departmenl has pre- dicled lhal relail food prices in general are expecled lo gain 4 to 6 percent in 1978, compared wilh an increase of 6.5 percenl this year. Higher charges for labor, processing, packaging and olher middlemen cosls are expecled lo accounl for mosl of Ihe increase. Estee Lauder SPECIAL '50 VALUE NOW *8 50 WITH PURCHASE COUPON VALID THRU NOV. 30 BUY ONE PIZZA...GET THE NEXT SMALLER SIZE FREE! Wlth thl " coupon buy any giant or large ill* thin crust or thick cruit Pino Inn plua at th* regular nwnu price and receive one pi no of the next smaller ill* with equal Ingredients and same type of cruit FREE I •106 \. Kansas 276-2231 Studio is having OPEN HOUSE Thursday & Friday December 1st & 2nd 9:30 A.M,6:00 P.M. Everyone Is Welcome Refreshments Will Be Served Clip and Save Coupon For FASHION TWO TWENTY STUDIO 1009 L Fulton Garden City, Kansas SHIRR THING All. INSTANTS REDUCED Add some 'Holiday Excitement' to your wardrobe, with a creation from Pumell's New Instant Fashion Boutique. Now you can make your own party creations in just minutes! EVERYTHING! SKIRTS - TOPS - DRESSES All made to work with Pre-Shirred Knits and Pleated Fabrics. SEW H's fun, it's easy, it's the EASY latest in fashion ... HOLIDAY fllN | »', a || at FASHION! Fabrics Garden City & Scott City

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