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Vacation Rental Scams

Posted: 04/13/2014 - ‘Tis the season to book summer vacation but Consumer Reports says beware of vacation rental scams that can pack a very nasty surprise. Criminals are hacking into the email accounts of owners of rental properties, and defrauding renters out of a lot of money.

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High Chair Danger

Posted: 04/13/2014 - Feeding a hungry baby isn’t always a picnic, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. A recent study in the Clinical Pediatrics journal reports an alarming number of children suffer injuries from high chair accidents. Consumer Reports tells how to find and safely use a high chair.

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Best Buy Microwave

Posted: 04/13/2014 - Over-the-range microwaves clear up counter space and look more streamlined in your kitchen. Consumer Reports tested more than 80 to find the best.

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Super High-Performance Tires

Posted: 04/10/2014 - Performance tires aren’t just for expensive sports cars anymore. You can get them now on mainstream models like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. But they’re pricey to replace. Consumer Reports can help you get the right ones.

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Good Food Gone Bad

Posted: 04/10/2014 - There’s a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We’re not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that’s no longer so good for you.

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Cheap Phone Service

Posted: 04/10/2014 - The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than 150 dollars a month, according to the market research firm, the Mintel Group. One way to trim your costs is to cut the cord and switch to a phone service that delivers calls via the Internet. Consumer Reports top rated a phone service called Ooma.

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Is It Time For Smart Watches?

Posted: 04/06/2014 - Looking for the next big thing? More than five million smart watches are forecast to ship this year, according to the research firm Canalys. So you’re likely to see these new accessories on a lot of wrists. Consumer Reports just checked out a batch — from big names like Samsung and Sony along with smaller startups — to see if they’re worth your time.

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Top Toilet Paper

Posted: 04/06/2014 - Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets, smaller sheets and narrower rolls. Consumer Reports has some new recommendations.

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Pancake Syrup Health Concerns

Posted: 03/30/2014 - Consumer Reports recently reported that some kinds of caramel color in soft drinks can contain a potential carcinogen. Now it’s tested several brands of pancake syrups. The results underscore why consumers should be aware of how much food they eat that lists caramel color on the label.

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Supermarket Savings

Posted: 03/27/2014 - How often do you shop at the supermarket? The average American makes 88 trips a year, according to the Food Marketing Institute. And the average amount spent is about 6-thousand dollars. Consumer Reports’ survey of more than 27-thousand of its readers can help you find the best place to put all that time and money.

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Problem-Solving Vacuum

Posted: 03/24/2014 - A new vacuum from Kenmore could be the answer to one of the main reasons vacuums stop working — the belt breaks. Consumer Reports tested to see how well Kenmore’s beltless vacuum delivers.

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Closet Organizers For Spring Cleaning

Posted: 03/23/2014 - With spring cleaning just around the corner, you may be vowing to straighten out your messy closets. Plenty of do-it-yourself kits promise to provide the rods, shelves, and drawers you need to turn chaos into order. Consumer Reports tested several closet organizers, priced from under 100 dollars to more than 500.

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Overuse Of The #1 Prescription Drug

Posted: 03/23/2014 - What’s the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, “the purple pill.” We spend six billion dollars a year on it. But Consumer Reports says Nexium, and drugs like it, are overused.

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Best Paper Towels

Posted: 03/13/2014 - The average household goes through at least one roll of paper towels a week. The costs can quickly add up, so you want paper towels that give you your money’s worth. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side tests to find the best.

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Fallout From Target's Data Breach

Posted: 03/13/2014 - The average household goes through at least one roll of paper towels a week. The costs can quickly add up, so you want paper towels that give you your money’s worth. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side tests to find the best

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Ad Tricks and Traps

Posted: 03/09/2014 - When it comes to advertising, what you see isn’t always what you get –– seductive half-truths and outright deceptions are common. But Consumer Reports has some good advice about advertising terms you should not take at face value.

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Ad Tricks And Traps

Posted: 03/09/2014 - When it comes to advertising, what you see isn’t always what you get –– seductive half-truths and outright deceptions are common. But Consumer Reports has some good advice about advertising terms you should not take at face value.

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Beware Of Tax Scams

Posted: 03/09/2014 - As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Consumer Reports tells you how to avoid them.

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Nest Smoke Alarm & CO Detector

Posted: 03/02/2014 - You know the problem — you’ve burnt the toast and the smoke alarm won’t quit, so you rip it from the wall or pull out the batteries. Consumer Reports tested a new combo smoke alarm and CO detector that offers a better solution. It’s from Nest Labs, the company that Google bought recently for more than three billion dollars.

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Bad News Appliances

Posted: 03/02/2014 - Consumer Reports tests more than three-thousand products a year. Plenty of them work just fine, and Consumer Reports finds appliances are generally getting more reliable. But some products are far from perfect.

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Skip Extended Car Warranties

Posted: 03/02/2014 - It’s any car owner’s fear — needing a costly repair just after the warranty has run out. Extended warranties promise peace of mind. But they’re expensive, typically more than a thousand dollars. The Consumer Reports National Research Center checked to see if they’re worth it.

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Complicated Car Controls

Posted: 02/23/2014 - If you’re having trouble working your car radio or can’t get your Bluetooth to function, you’re not alone. In Consumer Reports National Research Center’s survey, drivers of recent model cars reported the high-tech controls were giving them lots of trouble.

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E-Cigarettes Under The Microscope

Posted: 02/23/2014 - E-cigarette sales have exploded, from 500-million dollars in 2012 to an estimated one-and-a-half billion dollars in 2013. With that kind of money up for grabs, Big Tobacco has created its own brands of e-cigarettes and is spending big bucks on commercials. Consumer Reports has been watching this new product closely.

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T-Mobile's New Offer Analyzed

Posted: 02/23/2014 - If you’re a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship. As an incentive, T-Mobile is offering to pay the penalty fee, up to 350 dollars for every line you switch. Consumer Reports checks out the offer.

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