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Consumer news: Monday Sept. 7, 2009

September 7, 2009 3:32:58 PM PDT
A local business is offering free dry cleaning to the unemployed and there are two new websites that can help save you time and money.

VIDEO: Nydia Han's latest Consumer Wrap report

A new study shows that six in 10 used car buyers purchase a vehicle they found online. And now there's a brand new one-stop shopping website to help you with your search.

Kelley Blue Book has just launched The Trusted Marketplace online. It lets you research, conduct inventory searches, and buy your next car, new or used, all in one place from the comfort of your own home.

And the Trusted Marketplace produces results that really best match your criteria instead of bringing up vehicles that dealers have paid to get to the top of search results.

Try on makeup before buying without traipsing to the cosmetics counter. Taaz and Makeover Studio offer virtual makeovers! Just upload a picture of yourself and then try on all kinds of makeup and hair styles!

Makeover studio is in the beta phase, it traces your photo using facial recognition technology so different application techniques can be superimposed on your face. You can try on 60 brands of makeup in different shades and styles. The technology is designed to be so precise, you should see the difference between finishes like satin versus matte and you can adjust coverage levels.

Out of a job and need your interview suit pressed Zips Dry Cleaners is coming to the rescue!

The Warminster franchise will dry-clean three garments a week for folks out of work and you don't even have to bring in proof of unemployment. Zips is operating on the honor system for this promotion.

The franchise is also offering a special mini-discount for teachers.

During the entire month of September, you can get your garments dry cleaned for $1.75 instead of $1.99.

Every little bit helps, right?
Zips Dry Cleaners
618 York Rd
Warminster, PA 18974-2002
(215) 442-1471

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