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Consumer 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 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 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 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 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.
Five 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
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 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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