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See Everything Your Friends And Neighbors Have Ever Bought At Sears
The Consumerist ^ | consumerist

Posted on 01/04/2008 12:28:58 PM PST by NinoFan

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."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: consumerist; sears

1 posted on 01/04/2008 12:29:01 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: NinoFan

Burglars will have a easier time finding the stuff they want. Isn’t the Internet wonnerful?..............


2 posted on 01/04/2008 12:30:37 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: NinoFan

Anyone who honestly thinks they have an ounce of privacy today is flat out dillusional.

Thanks to computers and credit cards, there is NOTHING that you do that someone doesn’t know about. In fact they only way to stay below the radar is to live a life so utterly determined to, that it will become an obsession.


3 posted on 01/04/2008 12:31:27 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: NinoFan

Sears has apparently taken that part of the site down.


4 posted on 01/04/2008 12:31:32 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: NinoFan

Oh, $%#$, my $100 Sears microwave is in danger.


5 posted on 01/04/2008 12:31:48 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: NinoFan
Sears has apparently taken that part of the site down.

Let's hope so.

6 posted on 01/04/2008 12:33:24 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: NinoFan

You can also review every battery ever purchased at Radio Shack with just a phone number.


7 posted on 01/04/2008 12:35:42 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: RightWhale

The ChiComs know the brand of my propane grill!!


8 posted on 01/04/2008 12:35:57 PM PST by linear (Swear fealty to no man.)
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To: NinoFan
Newsflash * FR has a similar feature [Donor List]
9 posted on 01/04/2008 12:37:47 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: NinoFan

ping


10 posted on 01/04/2008 12:38:01 PM PST by Sir Beowolf
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To: NinoFan

ping


11 posted on 01/04/2008 12:38:08 PM PST by Sir Beowolf
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To: NinoFan

Great, I don’t have to leave that ol’ Kenmore on the porch anymore.


12 posted on 01/04/2008 12:38:47 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: NinoFan

Hmmm, marital aids...

13 posted on 01/04/2008 12:40:49 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: NinoFan

“Living in rural areas is a joke.” “Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It’s sterile. It’s numb. It’s wasting your life and wasting time in a pickup truck when you have to drive 20 miles to buy a gingham dress or a Sears Roebuck suit."

Ed Koch while running for Governor of NY in the late eighties.

14 posted on 01/04/2008 12:41:44 PM PST by Cagey
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To: NinoFan
Sears has apparently taken that part of the site down.

Not surprising. I imagine the phone call the offending members of Sears management received from their legal department (which probably learned about this right after the public did) was largely unprintable.

15 posted on 01/04/2008 12:42:12 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: NinoFan

We don’t have to worry. Years ago we would buy most anything at Sears. A couple years ago I wanted a lifetime guarentee automobile product replaced because it had failed. They did not believe me when I said it had failed and refused to do the replacement. I had it checked elsewhere and they confirmed it was totally disfunctional. I swore that I would never enter another Sears store as long as I live.


16 posted on 01/04/2008 12:43:27 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: stainlessbanner
Newsflash * FR has a similar feature [Donor List]

Newsflash to stainlessbanner: That list contains screen names only. Unless someone has chosen their real name as their screen name, they have nothing to worry about.

17 posted on 01/04/2008 12:44:49 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Cagey

Ed Koch while running for Governor of NY in the late eighties.
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This sounds like some of the garbage I have heard from people (like Koch) who have grown up in the big city and seem never to have set foot outside it, at least they display no inkling of what life is actually like outside the city. I once read an article by some clown who said that you can easily determine what is a true necessity by whether it is advertised, he went on to say that a car was obviously not a necessity or there would not be the need to advertise them! In much of this country a car or vehicle of some sort is a necessity in the same way a horse was a necessity 200 years ago. Of course the person who wrote this had probably never seen an actual horse unless it was ridden by a policeman in Central Park.


18 posted on 01/04/2008 1:15:45 PM PST by RipSawyer (Does anyone still believe this is a free country?)
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To: NinoFan

It’s a wonder that Sears sells any appliances at all. Their customer service is really, really bad.


19 posted on 01/04/2008 1:25:00 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Newsflash to stainlessbanner: That list contains screen names only. Unless someone has chosen their real name as their screen name, they have nothing to worry about.

You apparently also have to volunteer to be listed. I'm a monthly, and don't seem to be on the list.

20 posted on 01/04/2008 1:25:01 PM PST by zeugma (Hillary! - America's Ex-Wife!)
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To: zeugma

I never volunteered to be listed, yet I am on the list (not that I object, however).


21 posted on 01/04/2008 1:26:13 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Don’t worry, we already know you wear Huskies


22 posted on 01/04/2008 1:26:17 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: NinoFan

I’d be more concerned if they could see my purchases from Rugar, Smith and Wesson, Colt, Armalite, etc.


23 posted on 01/04/2008 1:28:43 PM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: NinoFan; ShadowAce
Tech Ping?
Link to CA's blog with response from Rob Harles, the SVP for Sears' SHC
24 posted on 01/04/2008 1:28:46 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Proud2BeRight

I swore that I would never enter another Sears store as long as I live.

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I am not too thrilled with Sears any more myself. Maybe you should have done what I did years ago at Radio Shack. I had bought an answering machine (the old kind with cassette tapes) and it worked intermittently. Of course it usually failed to work when I had a really important call and it failed to take the message. I took it in once and explained my problem and the store manager tried it out and when it worked normally he gave it back to me with a real crappy attitude and told me it was working. I explained again that the problem was intermittent but he didn’t listen. I took it back to my office and two weeks or so later the same thing happened. I went and bought a new digital answering machine that had just come on the market and walked down the mall to Radio Shack. I am about six feet and four inches barefoot and two hundred and sixty pounds, I made sure the store was full of people and walked up to the counter and laid the machine down on the counter and then told the manager in a voice loud enough to hear a hundred yards away that that piece of junk was the reason I would never buy anything from Radio Shack again. I felt better after seeing every head in the place turn and listen to me with an awestruck expression.


25 posted on 01/04/2008 1:29:54 PM PST by RipSawyer (Does anyone still believe this is a free country?)
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To: Cagey
It’s wasting your life and wasting time in a pickup truck when you have to drive 20 miles to buy a gingham dress or a Sears Roebuck suit."

Not as nearly much time wasted as trying to go 12 blocks cross town at rush hour. ;~))

26 posted on 01/04/2008 1:30:54 PM PST by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: NinoFan
"Want to see all..."

No. No I really don't. And nobody else wants to either. Or could possibly care.

27 posted on 01/04/2008 1:32:33 PM PST by JasonC
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To: RipSawyer

LOL. Actually, I did. They called security because I was too loud for them.


28 posted on 01/04/2008 1:34:02 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: NinoFan

I guess I don’t have to worry, because I haven’t bought anything from Sears since 1963, when they sold me a lemon of a lawnmower and wouldn’t honor the warranty.


29 posted on 01/04/2008 1:35:42 PM PST by Palladin (Cackle..cackle..cackle. Hillary laid another egg.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Just to be clear, this is a separate issue from the spyware problem of a few days ago. I don’t believe Sears has discussed this latest issue yet.


30 posted on 01/04/2008 1:40:08 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: zeugma

***You apparently also have to volunteer to be listed. I’m a monthly, and don’t seem to be on the list.***

You are not alone. They forgot about me.


31 posted on 01/04/2008 2:01:56 PM PST by kitkat (Send cookies, I'm starving.)
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To: RightWhale
"Oh, $%#$, my $100 Sears microwave is in danger."

Actually, you bought that on sale for $129.95 on June 5, 2001 with your Sears credit card.

32 posted on 01/04/2008 2:05:13 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: NinoFan

http://www.bugmenot.com/view/www.managemyhome.com


33 posted on 01/04/2008 2:07:27 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: stainlessbanner

That’s a different Sears privacy disaster. They also have a “social network” that installs software that tracks and reports everything you do online, including reporting banking transactions.


34 posted on 01/04/2008 2:11:45 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: NinoFan; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

This seems to have been corrected--for now. But this is just another example of Sears' invading their customers' privacy.

35 posted on 01/04/2008 2:26:16 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: HamiltonJay

As Scott McNeally former CEO of Sun said years ago “”You have no privacy, get over it.”

The only things one can hide are small individual items, and that takes lots of extra effort.


36 posted on 01/04/2008 3:37:35 PM PST by glorgau
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To: NinoFan

Did anyone look up 15 Old House Lane, Chappaqua, N.Y. 10514-2717? Or 3067 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC 20008-3613?


37 posted on 01/04/2008 3:47:27 PM PST by FreedomCalls (Texas: "We close at five.")
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To: GovernmentShrinker

And, the list doesn’t contain the name of every donor.


38 posted on 01/04/2008 4:00:31 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: FreedomCalls
Did anyone look up 15 Old House Lane, Chappaqua, N.Y. 10514-2717? Or 3067 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC 20008-3613?

• One gross of ashtrays

• One carpetbag

• Three 55 gallon drums of teflon

• One crusty pantsuit

39 posted on 01/04/2008 4:50:52 PM PST by Bronzewound
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To: Cagey

Aw shucks. You ain’t gotta drive 29 miles to git a gingham dress. Just make ‘em outta the flour sacks when they’re empty. Real purty duds, them flour sacks.

Hmph. Hi falutin’ city folk.


40 posted on 01/04/2008 5:07:30 PM PST by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: NinoFan

ping for later


41 posted on 01/05/2008 8:17:58 AM PST by Entrepreneur
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To: RipSawyer
I am about six feet and four inches barefoot and two hundred and sixty pounds, I made sure the store was full of people and walked up to the counter and laid the machine down on the counter and then told the manager in a voice loud enough to hear a hundred yards away that that piece of junk was the reason I would never buy anything from Radio Shack again.

Are you for hire? Because I got this defective DVD player.... ;-)

42 posted on 01/05/2008 8:24:44 AM PST by lowbridge
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