Product recalls can be vitally important to people with allergies, parents of young children and those with other safety concerns. Getting news about product recalls can be challenging. You can be the most careful consumer in the world, doing research, checking labels and conducting internet searches to find the safest products. But after you purchase a product, the manufacturer might issue a recall that you never see. Unless you’ve registered a product, the manufacturer has no way of getting in touch with you, other than issuing a press release.
Recalls Plus, a service developed by SAP, is designed to alert you to product recalls. You can see a list of all products that have been recently recalled or choose which products you care about the most.
Recalls Plus is available on Facebook or through smartphone apps available for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Android device.
Using either Facebook or the smartphone app, you can see all the products that have been recently recalled or tell Recalls Plus which products you’re interested in tracking on your Watch List. You can select products based on:
- the ages of your children (newborn to 4 years old)
- specific products
- specific allergens
The smartphone app also allows you to take pictures of products to see if they have been recalled. This feature is especially handy when you’re out shopping and want to know whether a product has been recalled.
The recall information shows you the name of the product and manufacturer, a description and picture of the item, where it was sold, the hazard, reported incidents and the remedy to be taken. Links are also provided to relevant government and manufacturer websites for additional information.
If you find out about a recall of concern, you can share it with others using email, Facebook and Twitter. You can also bookmark a recall notice for easy reference.
This video from Recalls Plus shows you how it works:
The app seems to be geared mostly to children’s products and food items. I tried to add dog food and automobiles to my Watch List but they weren’t recognized. For the many products it does cover, Recall Plus can provide vitally important and timely information.
Are you concerned about product recalls? Are you looking for a better way to be alerted to recalls? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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Glyde, the tech resale site, is giving you an extra incentive to trade in your gently used tech. Glyde just launched a new program, Sell and Tell, which lets sellers share a $10 Glyde coupon with their friends every time they list an item. When a seller trades in his tech to Glyde, he can share his listing with his friends on his Facebook Timeline and they will get a $10 coupon to purchase his item or any other item of the same model on Glyde.com. The seller gets $5 added to his account for each coupon redeemed by his friends.
“Sell and Tell gives online sellers something they have never had before—the ability to offer their network of friends a significant discount—simply for listing an item for sale,” said Drew Lieberman, CEO at Glyde. “With new electronics released every day, people are rapidly finding that their slightly-used gadgets retain value for longer. Because our primary goal has always been to remove the friction from the selling process, a social coupon for sellers to distribute to their friends was a natural next step.”
If you’re thinking about trading in your tech on Glyde, make sure to check out Sell and Tell. You might be able to spread the word about your listing, help your friends save money, plus earn extra cash!