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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.
Haggling for everything is new rule in a down economy[May 30, 2009]
Negotiating for everything in a lousy economy is the new rule, according to the latest money publication from Consumer Reports
titled “Rebuild Your Finances.” Paying the sticker price for a product or service may be paying too much. In fact, a new poll by Consumer Reports
found that more than 66 percent of Americans have tried to negotiate for a better deal in the past six months.
Consumer Reports finds that low-cost brokers score high in service[Apr. 29, 2009]
Discount brokers did a better job shepherding clients through the stock market upheaval of the past year than traditional investment banks, according to Consumer Reports survey of the most satisfying brokerage firm services. Topping the list in overall satisfaction was USAA, available only to current and former military personnel and their families.
ShopSmart reveals tips all online shoppers should know[Mar. 24, 2009]
In the souring economy, many consumers are cutting back on superfluous spending and instead surfing the Web for bargains on their necessities. But with so many places to click, how can you be sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck? The May 2009 issue of ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, shares online shopping strategies for getting the best deal every time and avoiding rip-offs.
How to protect your debit card from "skimming" scams[Feb. 24, 2009]
As economic conditions have worsened, there’s a noticeable increase in all types of card fraud. People who create counterfeit ATM or debit cards by stealing your PIN and other account data can simply pull cold cash from your bank account. Using a technique known as skimming, they set up equipment that captures magnetic stripe and keypad information when you put in your PIN at ATM machines, gas pumps, restaurants, and retailers.
Netflix subscription service is tops in Consumer Reports survey of home video rental services[Feb. 10, 2009]
In these tough economic times, Americans are likely spending more time at home and in front of the TV. Despite the ever-increasing number of channels offered by cable, satellite, and phone company TV providers, video rental services continue to be a popular source of entertainment for many people. Consumer Reports’ latest survey of its online subscribers found that Netflix subscription service had the highest overall satisfaction.
Recessionista shopping[Feb. 1, 2009]
The competition is heating up at secondhand shops as more fashionistas are becoming recessionistas in the slowing economy. In fact, Goodwill and the Salvation Army are reporting that sales are up as much as 10 to 20 percent this year. The March 2009 issue of ShopSmart
, from the publisher of Consumer Reports
, uncovers secrets for navigating vintage, consignment, resale and thrift shops to snag designer clothing and accessories at bargain basement prices.
Consumer Reports' publisher purchases Gawker Media's consumerist.com[Jan. 3, 2009]
Consumers Union (CU) has purchased Consumerist.com from Gawker Media. The popular consumer watchdog blog will operate independently of Consumer Reports publications and be the first property housed under a new non-profit entity called Consumer Media LLC. The change in ownership will be in effect as of January 1, 2009.
ShopSmart reveals seven web sites that can save you thousands[Nov. 25, 2008]
The Web is supposed to make shopping simple. Click, click, click and before you know it, that sweater, bag, or box of T-bones is at your doorstep. When it works, it’s like magic but, when it doesn’t, you can end up surfing endlessly. The November 2008 issue of ShopSmart reveals seven online shopping sites that will help you save thousands and find the real deals fast.
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