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Consumer Reports poll: Black Friday saves the 2007 holoday shopping seasonConsumer Reports poll: Black Friday saves the 2007 holoday shopping season
[Nov. 21, 2007] The 2007 holiday shopping season is off to a slow start but, according to the most recent Consumer Reports Holiday Poll released today, it will take off on Black Friday. Nearly a quarter (24%) of consumers plan to hit the stores on Black Friday—up four percent from the 20 percent that shopped on the day in 2006. According to the poll, only 38 percent of consumers have started their holiday shopping this year, compared with 43 percent who had begun this time last year.
 
Consumer Reports survey finds that hagglers scored better pricesConsumer Reports survey finds that hagglers scored better prices
[Nov. 16, 2007] A national study by Consumer Reports reveals that haggling over the cost of goods and services is not only alive and well, but can be successful in many cases. More than 90 percent of shoppers who tried to negotiate a better deal on goods and services including furniture, electronics and appliances, floor and demonstration models, and medical bills got one, according to a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
 
Consumer Reports takes on gift cardsConsumer Reports takes on gift cards
[Nov. 13, 2007] Consumer Reports unveiled its latest public education campaign, warning holiday shoppers of the pitfalls associated with the ubiquitous gift card. Consumer Reports' public education campaign kicks off on Tuesday, November 13th with a full-page ad in the New York Times advising shoppers that unredeemed gift cards can be easy money for retailers and lost money for consumers. TowerGroup estimates that nearly $8 billion was lost last year due to unredeemed value, expiration or loss of gift cards.
 
Shopsmart shoe poll finds women own an average of 19 pairs of shoesShopsmart shoe poll finds women own an average of 19 pairs of shoes
[Nov. 12, 2007] How many shoes are in your closet? According to a new poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center for ShopSmart magazine, the average American woman has 19 pairs of shoes. But she only wears four pairs regularly and one quarter of the average woman’s shoes have only been worn once!
 
Is green really greenIs green really green
[Nov. 12, 2007] About a fifth of your personal contribution to global warming comes from your home but not all so-called green home goods are worth the money, or are even particularly green. In the October/November issue of ShopSmart magazine, the preeminent shopping magazine from the publishers of Consumer Reports, pros weigh in on eco-friendly items to see what is worth buying, what to skip and how to save money.
 
Inside Shopsmart's October/November 2007 issue
[Nov. 12, 2007] ShopSmart is available on newsstands now. From the publishers of Consumer Reports, ShopSmart helps buyers make smart purchasing decisions on items they need every day.
 
Consumer Reports finds that holiday consumers shopping later and spending lessConsumer Reports finds that holiday consumers shopping later and spending less
[Oct. 31, 2007] ‘Tis the season to give, but that’s not the case for all Americans this holiday season. According to a new Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll, nearly one-quarter (23%) of respondents anticipate they will spend less than last year.
 
Consumer Reports warns shoppers could lose money when using debit instead of no-fee credit cardsConsumer Reports warns shoppers could lose money when using debit instead of no-fee credit cards
[Sep. 18, 2007] Debit cards are rapidly becoming the dominant form of payment for consumers with spending topping $1 trillion for the first time in 2006—but many consumers might not realize they are standing to lose money when using debit.
 
Consumer Reports rates five largest Visa and Mastercard issuers mediocre in latest credit card ratings
[Sep. 15, 2007] The nation’s five largest MasterCard and Visa issuers — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Capital One, and HSBC, which control about 80 percent of the market — earned so-so scores in Consumer Reports’ latest ratings of credit cards.
 
Consumer Reports poll: 89 percent of Americans want to restrict the use of Social Security numbers
[Sep. 6, 2007] As Congress and federal regulators consider proposals aimed at reducing the risk of identity theft, a national poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans want lawmakers to restrict the use and availability of Social Security numbers by businesses and government agencies.
 
Consumer Reports survey finds U.S. consumers lose more than $7 billion to online threatsConsumer Reports survey finds U.S. consumers lose more than $7 billion to online threats
[Aug. 8, 2007] The risks associated with using the Internet remain high according to Consumer Reports’s latest “State of the Net” survey. Consumer Reports projects that U.S. consumers lost more than $7 billion over the last two years to viruses, spyware, and phishing schemes.
 
Five ways to maximize your Back to School budgetFive ways to maximize your Back to School budget
[Jul. 27, 2007] For students across the country, the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. And, if you haven’t started your back-to-school shopping yet, you may soon find yourself dealing with large crowds and pricey cash register totals. Back-to-school spending is expected to jump 6.9 percent this year, and families with school-aged children are expected to spend a total of $18.4 billion, an average of $563.49 per child
 
Consumer Reports survey of eBay users reveals online auction seller deception and pitfalls can be hard to avoidConsumer Reports survey of eBay users reveals online auction seller deception and pitfalls can be hard to avoid
[Jul. 27, 2007] With 100 million items on sale, eBay is the king of online auctions. But almost half of the eBay buyers that Consumer Reports surveyed encountered deceptions, according to a report in the August issue. Buyers indicated that some sellers took their money and ran, failed to disclose key details about the merchandise, or overstated the item’s condition.
 
Is getting paid to shop too good to be true?Is getting paid to shop too good to be true?
[Jul. 20, 2007] In an exclusive report on secret shopping, ShopSmart magazine, the new shopping magazine from the publishers of Consumer Reports, found that while many jobs exist, consumers should be wary of scammers that have gotten into the game as well.
 
Giving the bounce to counterfeit check scamsGiving the bounce to counterfeit check scams
[Jul. 9, 2007] It’s your lucky day! You just won a foreign lottery! The letter says so. And the cashier’s check to cover the taxes and fees is included. All you have to do to get your winnings is deposit the check and wire the money to the sender to pay the taxes and fees. You’re guaranteed that when they get your payment, you’ll get your prize.

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