Day: November 12, 2021

Online shopping scams on the rise this holiday season

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Online purchase scams are the number one way people lose money during the holiday season, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Many small retailers transitioned to offering their products online during the pandemic. Little Luxuries, a gift shop on State Street in Madison is an example of a local business that did not sell products online before the pandemic but now does.

“We established our website at the beginning of last year and that amounted to 20 percent of our sales last holiday season,” said Little Luxuries owner, Amy Moore.

Moore says while many customers have returned to shop in store, the online site is a great alternative for customers who still don’t feel comfortable shopping in person as the pandemic continues.

For all online retailers, the 2021 holiday season is expected to break records for online shopping despite growing supply chain issues, higher prices, and

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Carmen L. Collins dead at 69: Chicago model who became a real estate broker, mentor to many

Carmen Collins’ face could be seen almost everywhere in Chicago in the 1970s.

Her sleek and polished beauty was the highlight of high-fashion magazine spreads for clothing, makeup and hair-care products. She appeared in Mademoiselle and waved to the crowds from a float in the 1975 Bud Billiken Parade.

Like other often-booked models, Ms. Collins had the ability to metamorphose. She could tone down her elegance for ads for things like groceries or telephones.

Ms. Collins, 69, who had lung cancer, died Oct. 21 at Avondale Estates nursing care in Elgin, according to her son Christopher.

Carmen Collins at her graduation from Harlan High School.

Carmen Collins at her graduation from Harlan High School.
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Carmen Collins.

Carmen Collins.
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She was a student at Harlan High School when she decided modeling would be her ticket to make money and see the world.

“That’s what she wanted to do even before we graduated,” her friend Alice Germane said.

Young Carmen was

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