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Fun with Sears

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From the Consumerist:

Want to see all the major appliances and repair services that your friends and neighbors… (and anyone else who you can look up in the phone book) have ever purchased at Sears?

Want to know what your mom might have purchased for your birthday? Want to know which houses in your neighborhood have really nice expensive TVs?

Sears provides a website, www.ManageMyHome.com where anyone can look up anyone elses’ entire purchase history at Sears—using only their name and address. This is especially convenient because these strange men keep dropping off huge lists of names and addresses on our door every year (we think they’re called “phone books”) and we never really knew what to do with them.

Apparently, all you need to do is create an account at www.managemyhome.com, click “Find Sears Products” and enter a name, address and phone number.

From the CA Security Advisor Research Blog:

With their consent we have tested this technique with other individuals and have received reliable results every time. If they’d had major dealings with Sears, that information is now available to the public, from a television bought in 1978 to a stove which was purchased elsewhere but had been repaired by a Sears technician.

Says Kurt, the reader who sent this tip in: “I was able to look up my entire family’s purchases. This is a scary one.”Is Sears evil or what?

www.managemyhome.com

UPDATE: Rumor has it that all you really need is someone’s name and phone number.

Maybe NSA will offer a similar service: enter a phone number and listen to all the recorded conversations made through that number…

Written by Leisureguy

4 January 2008 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

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