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Consumer Reports Index: Slow job creation stalling economic recovery[Mar. 21, 2010]
Slow job creation continues to drag on the economy, according to the Consumer Reports Index for March. This month’s findings show that, although the tide of job losses has been stemmed, the level of job creation needed to fuel a consumer recovery has not developed.
Consumer Reports finds that prices of washers down by as much as 33 percent[Jan. 15, 2010]
Consumer Reports latest tests on washers reveal price drops of as much as 33 percent compared with a year ago. And along with the federally funded rebates of up to $250 for qualifying models, consumers are seeing more energy- and water-efficient models that save money in the long run. The full report, which includes dryer ratings, appears in the February issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org
Consumer Reports finds packaged products that are full of air[Dec. 22, 2009]
Did you ever wonder why some packaged products in the grocery store have so much empty space in them? Consumer Reports’ recent investigation turned up several products with packages that are as much as half empty. Those include One A Day Men’s 50 + Advantage vitamins, where the plastic 50-tablet bottle looks about 40 percent empty, and Lay’s Potato chip bags that are half-filled.
Consumer Reports finds that new cell phone models adapting to reflect users’ lifestyles[Dec. 21, 2009]
Consumer Reports latest tests of 69 cell phones found that models are evolving to offer more sophisticated capabilities to meet consumers’ more diverse needs and lifestyles. According to a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of more than 13,500 online subscribers, the desire for advanced features was the main reason consumers bought a new phone.
Consumer Reports identifies six holiday shopping gotchas to avoid[Dec. 21, 2009]
With budgets tightening this year and credit tight for many consumers, shoppers have probably tried to keep holiday shopping under control. But even the most carefully built holiday budget can crumble if you fall for the tricks grinchy companies use to get you to spend more.
Consumer Reports finds that cell-phone service providers among lower-rated services[Dec. 8, 2009]
Consumer Reports most recent annual cell-phone service survey of more than 50,000 readers found that only 54 percent of respondents were completely or very satisfied with their cell-phone service. Despite “smarter phones,” more flexible plans, and faster wireless networks, cell service continues to be among the lower-rated of all the services that Consumer Reports evaluates.
Consumer Reports' Tightwad Tod shares key dates for getting gifts on time[Dec. 8, 2009]
With the winter holidays looming, retailers and delivery services are urging consumers to act fairly soon if they want their packages to arrive in time for Hannukah (Dec. 11) and Christmas (Dec. 25). To give you a heads up, we scoured the deadlines of dozens of retailers, then checked FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service, and UPS for their schedules, too.
Walmart serves up a week of early savings with "Black Friday" prices[Nov. 17, 2009]
Focused on bringing families tremendous savings this holiday season on entertainment for all ages, Walmart today announced that starting Saturday, Nov. 21, Walmart stores will introduce savings resembling the day-after-Thanksgiving prices on select toys and entertainment, one week early. Special items include popular dolls and activity toys, a 26-inch Vizio HDTV, and gaming packages from Guitar Hero, Band Hero and DJ Hero with a $40 Walmart Gift Card.
Consumer Reports poll finds that fewer people tipped during 2008 Holidays than in previous year[Nov. 2, 2009]
Americans have become more choosy about whom and how much to tip at the holidays, according to a phone survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. How much to tip and whom to give it to has always been a tricky decision, one that may get harder in these tough economic times. During the 2008 holidays fewer people than in the previous year tipped their newspaper carrier, barber, mail carrier, hairdresser, manicurist, and garbage collector.
Consumerist.com investigates Cash4Gold’s business practices[Sep. 15, 2009]
A new investigative report from Consumerist.com shines a spotlight on the business practices of Cash4Gold, which bills itself as the “World’s #1 Gold Buyer,” and on the company’s efforts to silence Internet criticism through litigation and financial incentives.
ShopSmart spots the best bargains in Dollar Stores[Jul. 17, 2009]
Dollar stores are growing while other retailers suffer their worst downturn in more than 20 years, but are all those one dollar items really a steal? The verdict: prices at dollar stores were either the cheapest or among the cheapest for many items, but the products are not always safe.
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