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Arsenic In Rice
- Consumer Reports issued new guidelines today for limits on how much rice you and your children should eat. Rice and many products containing rice have significant levels of inorganic arsenic, which is linked to cancer. The Food and Drug Administration recommends parents consider other options rather than rice cereal for their children’s first solid food.
Great Tech Toys
- For kids, electronic toys are a favorite gift. But don’t think that children have to just sit glued to a screen. Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine found four great tech toys that are loaded with creativity and will really engage the young ones on your list.
Holiday Shipping Gripes
- The U-S Postal Service expects to deliver up to 470 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. That’s around
50 million more than the same time last year. And as more people shop online, FedEx and U-P-S also forecast a record number of deliveries. In a recent survey, Consumer Reports asked
one thousand people about their shipping gripes and has tips to help your boxes reach their destinations.
Top Kids' Tablets
- Electronic tablets for kids are likely to be a hot gift this holiday season. Consumer Reports tested a wide variety, ranging in price from 50 to 250 dollars, and can help you find the best one for your child.
Real Deal On Outlet Stores
- We’re spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top 42-billion dollars this year, according to the trade publication, Value Retail News. Consumer Reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of nearly
16-thousand subscribers — and can help you bag the best bargains.
Save On Eyeglasses
- If you’ve got your eye on prescription eyeglasses, be prepared for sticker shock — frames, lenses, and protective coatings can add up to 500 dollars or more. But Consumer Reports finds that you can save up to 40 percent on the cost of eyeglasses without sacrificing fashion.
Cheap Chinese Tires No Bargain
- Tires from China can cost far less than better-known brands. Consumer Reports included three in recent tests and found they’re no bargain. They didn’t earn high scores for performance and one could be a counterfeit.
Losing Your Right To Sue
- When you buy a product or service and something goes terribly wrong, you may think, “I can always sue.” But Consumer Reports warns that people often unwittingly give up their right to sue by agreeing in advance to submit any dispute to binding arbitration. And that can be a raw deal.
Top Stick Vacs
- Stick vacuums weigh less than ten pounds –– and many cost under a hundred dollars. Some new ones promise to be better cleaners, but also cost a lot more money. Consumer Reports put them to the test –– to let us know if they’re worth it.
Night-Vision Car Technology
- During evening hours pedestrians are tough to spot, even with your headlights on. Consumer Reports’ auto engineers regularly test headlights and know their limitations.
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