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Research underground electric dog fence systems before buying[Jul. 22, 2011]
I've had a couple of underground electric dog fences for our dogs at different houses. They do work and can at times work very well. However, it is just as true that sometimes they don't work well. Your type of dog(s), their size, the fence wire, the location of the wire, the type of terrain, the dog collar, and how you train your dogs are all part of "the system." It's not just putting a wire in the ground and a shock collar on your dog
Consumer Reports finds side-by-side refrigerators, computers, and lawn tractors most repair-prone products[Jul. 13, 2011]
What do side-by-side refrigerators, laptop computers, and zero-turn-radius riding mowers have in common? They’re among the most repair-prone products consumers can buy, according to Consumer Reports’ most recent Product Reliability Survey. And in Consumer Reports’ separate Repair or Replace Survey, 27,404 subscribers reported about the troubles they had with 53,218 broken appliances, electronics, lawn equipment and more.
Consumer Reports finds six ways to save on your pet[Jul. 11, 2011]
Despite the economic downturn, Americans have not cut back on spending on Fluffy and Fido. According to a survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center, during the darkest days of the recession in 2009 and 2010, only 16 percent of Americans said they reduced the amount they spent on their pets. On top of this, the price of pet food, veterinary care and other pet-related products and services has risen 4 percent since 2008. To help consumers keep more money in their pockets during these tough times, Consumer Reports compiled six ways for pet owners to curb expenses and still provide the best of care.
ShopSmart finds your perfect swimsuit[Jun. 15, 2011]
For most women, shopping for bathing suits is not a very fun experience. Most suits are too tight, too small, too big, too expensive, or look too cheap. Or all of the above! The July 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports¸ wants to help you find the most flattering suit that you’ll at least look forward to wearing.
Consumer Reports finds that two in three consumers have walked out of a store because of poor customer service[Jun. 12, 2011]
Just how frustrated are Americans with the state of customer service? According to a new Consumer Reports’ survey, 65 percent are “tremendously annoyed” by rude salespeople and 64 percent of respondents said that they had left a store in the previous 12 months because of poor service. This survey is part of a larger investigation on customer service featured in the July issue of Consumer Reports. The report names Walmart among the worst in customer service for its retail service in eight out of 21 industries evaluated.
Consumer Reports survey finds comfort issues and extra fees are sore point with air travelers[May 23, 2011]
Comfort issues and excessive fees are sore points for air travelers, and are among the major reasons many are traveling less, according to a new survey of almost 15,000 passengers by Consumer Reports. Eight of the 10 major airlines that Consumer Reports readers rated received low scores for seat comfort. Several carriers also got low marks for other quality-of-flight measures including cabin-crew service, cleanliness, and in-flight entertainment.
Consumer Reports’ latest vacuum report doesn’t include Hoover among its list of recommended uprights[Feb. 24, 2011]
For the first time in years, Consumer Reports’ latest vacuum report doesn’t include Hoover among its list of Recommended uprights. Hoover still tops Consumer Reports’ Ratings overall, and its canister models still make top picks; the Hoover Platinum canister, $365, was named a CR Best Buy and delivered superb carpet cleaning and excellent cleaning on bare floors and pet hair. But while Consumer Reports’ surveys found only two brands that were more reliable than Hoover among canister vacuums, there were many more-reliable brands among uprights.
Five unexpected ways to save more money in 2011[Jan. 25, 2011]
Some 55 percent of Consumer Reports readers said they were likely to include saving more money on their list of New Year’s resolutions. To help you save more money, the experts at Consumer Reports Money Adviser’s January issue offers the following tips:
Consumer Reports finds more products are getting smaller[Jan. 10, 2011]
Does it seem like some products don’t last as long as they used to? From toothpaste to tuna fish, hot dogs to hand soap, companies have been shaving ounces and inches from packages for years. ConsumerReports’ latest investigation, featured in the February issue of Consumer Reports and online at ConsumerReports.org, found that more and more products are getting downsized.
Consumer Reports lists five steps to happy returns[Dec. 28, 2010]
Socks again? As consumers scramble to purchase gifts this holiday season, shoppers also need to keep in mind that nearly 20 percent of Americans plan to return at least one holiday gift, according to a Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll conducted last year.
Consumer Reports offers Black Friday tips for savings & sanity[Nov. 26, 2010]
With Black Friday taking place today, Tod Marks, Consumer Reports’ senior editor and resident shopping expert, is sharing strategies that can help shoppers get some great deals and perhaps even save them a trip to the store on one of the most hectic shopping days of the year.
Consumer Reports recommends best bikes for riders on a budget[Jul. 4, 2010]
Summer is a great time to get out of the gym and hit the road-especially on a bike. Consumer Reports latest tests of bicycles found six Recommended models aimed at casual and fitness riders. And although a higher price means better components and lighter materials, consumers can still get a nice ride at a good price.
Love it or hate it, your hair can make you feel sexy one day and frumpy the next[May 2, 2010]
Love it or hate it, your hair can make you feel sexy one day and frumpy the next. According to a new survey featured in the May 2010 issue of ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, many of us try to spend our way to better tresses, snapping up expensive collections of shampoos and styling products and shelling out for haircuts and other salon services. The average woman spends about $195 a year on haircuts and $260 on color alone.
Job market improves, but consumers face sharp rise in economic difficulties[May 2, 2010]
Despite an improved employment picture, consumers faced increased economic difficulties in their lives, according to the Consumer Reports index for April. The Consumer Reports Employment Index stands at 50.4 for April, reflective of net job creation in the prior 30 days. This was the first movement of the Employment Index into positive territory since May ‘09. In the past 30 days, more Americans have started a new job (5%) versus losing their job (4.3%). The 5% reporting starting a new job is up from 3.5% the prior month, but behind the recent high point in September 2009 (6.2%).
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