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Unsafe Strollers

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Strollers are a must-have for new parents, but they can be dangerous. Over the years Consumer Reports and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have found several strollers that could pose a risk of strangulation. The latest figures from the CPSC include reports of five deaths between 2006 and 2009. So it is very important to be careful which stroller you buy and to use it properly.

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Top AA Batteries

Posted: 12/15/2013 - This time of year you need plenty of batteries on hand to power up new toys and other devices. Consumer Reports just tested 15 of the most popular size, double-A’s, and found big differences.

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Avoiding Jewelry Rip-Offs

Posted: 12/15/2013 - In the market for some jewelry this holiday season? Unless you’re a gemologist, you probably can’t tell what’s real from a fabulous fake. But Consumer Reports Money Adviser says knowing how to shop can help you avoid getting swindled.

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Super Cell Phones

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Smart phones are getting smarter and smarter and they’ve added a long list of features, like wireless sharing and advanced cameras. Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 phones and can help you focus in on the features you really need.

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Top Cell Services & Savings

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Consumer Cellular, a small company, was the top-rated provider in Consumer Reports’ just-published survey of its subscribers. Among the big-name providers, Verizon Wireless earned the highest score. Sprint has fallen to the bottom of the ratings, with low marks for value, voice, text, and 4G reliability. Looking for ways to save on your cell bill? Consumer Reports has advice.

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Gift-Card Pitfalls

Posted: 12/08/2013 - When you’re stuck for a gift idea for someone who has everything, giving a gift card might seem just the thing. But consider this —many of those receiving gift cards never use them, according to Consumer Reports ShopSmart. And even when they are used, fees can chip away at the value of the card.

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Handheld Gaming Devices

Posted: 12/05/2013 - Video gamers who like to play on the go will have their eyes set on a handheld gaming device for the holidays. Consumer Reports checked out the latest options.

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Kids' Tablets

Posted: 12/05/2013 - The market for kids’ tablets is growing dramatically. Just two years ago, only eight percent of children had access to a tablet at home. Today it’s 40 percent! Consumer Reports tested six tablets especially designed for children costing between 70 and 230.

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

Posted: 12/02/2013 - This holiday season, tablets are bound to be a top gift item. Chances are there’s someone on your holiday list who’s been dropping hints that they want one. Just in time for Black Friday, Consumer Reports has released its ratings of close to 100 tablets.

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Playstation 4 vs. XBox One

Posted: 12/02/2013 - There’s been plenty of buzz from Sony and Microsoft about their new video gaming consoles — the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Consumer Reports has put both through rigorous testing, and has what you need to know before buying one for the gamer on your holiday list.

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Electronics For Everyone

Posted: 11/25/2013 - Consumer Reports’ survey finds 44 percent of us plan to shop Black Friday weekend — the weekend starting on Thanksgiving. Once again, electronics are likely to be hot sellers. Consumer Reports has some great electronic gift ideas based on its recent tests.

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Naughty & Nice Company Policies

Posted: 11/25/2013 - As holiday shopping and travel season move into full swing, Consumer Reports is out with its fourth annual Naughty and Nice list. It highlights companies with good policies … and with bad ones.

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Surviving The Mall's Food Court

Posted: 11/24/2013 - As you head to the malls to do your holiday shopping, be careful! There’s lots of damage to be done, and we’re not talking about your wallet. Consumer Reports tells us about the dangerous temptations lurking in the food court.

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Top Stores For Electronics

Posted: 11/24/2013 - Electronics are likely to be some of the hottest gifts again this holiday season. To find the best places to shop, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 21-thousand of its subscribers and can tell you where to buy everything from a tablet to a big-screen TV.

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Real Deal On Supplements & Vitamins

Posted: 11/17/2013 - A Consumer Reports survey finds that more than two-thirds of American adults take a multivitamin or other dietary supplement. In fact, we spent more than 32 billion dollars on dietary supplements last year alone — and celebrities are pushing them.

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Deferred-Interest Gotchas

Posted: 11/17/2013 - Buy now, pay later offers on big purchases sound great. You can often get on-the-spot approval for a loan you might not have to pay off for years. But Consumer Reports says beware. Miss a bill deadline by just one day or carry a balance past the no-interest promotion period, and you could get slammed with mountains of interest.

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Great Holiday Wine

Posted: 11/17/2013 - Holiday celebrations and sipping wine often go hand-in-hand –– but where do you start when you’re shopping for a good bottle? Are you gifting it or drinking it? What are you eating with it? How much do you want to spend? If the choices seem overwhelming, stay tuned –– the wine experts at Consumer Reports can help!

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Digging Out From Student Loans

Posted: 11/13/2013 - Student debt has reached an alarming benchmark. It now tops one trillion dollars. Loans for higher education exceed all other consumer loans except mortgages. Two-thirds of college graduates carry a debt burden. Consumer Reports says it is twisting the lives of young people and creating a drag on the economy.

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Quick Flat-Tire Fixes

Posted: 11/10/2013 - Nearly every new car used to come with a spare tire, but these days spares are no longer standard. And even if you have a spare, changing a tire is no fun. Consumer Reports just tested eight products that offer an easy solution.

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Cell-Phone Charging Mats

Posted: 11/10/2013 - If you’ve ever hunted unsuccessfully for the charging cord for your cell phone, you can imagine the convenience of a charging mat. Just plug it into the wall and drop your phone on the mat to recharge the battery. Consumer Reports just tested several charging mats to see if they deliver.

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Lower-Priced Pro-Style Ranges

Posted: 11/03/2013 - Wishing you could whip up dinner for guests on a new pro-style range this Thanksgiving? Consumer Reports puts pro-style kitchen ranges to the test — including some from Costco that cost thousands less.

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Heidi Klum Stroller Safety Problem

Posted: 10/31/2013 - An important Consumer Reports safety alert is out today. A stroller travel system marketed by Heidi Klum — star of Project Runway and America’s Got Talent — has a safety issue.

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Costly Headphone Disappoints

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Just about everyone seems to be wearing headphones these days. Ones called non-isolating headphones are especially good for joggers. They don’t have a seal between the earpieces and your ears, so you can hear outside sounds as well as your music. Consumer Reports tested 10 costing between 30 and 150 dollars.

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Best Bacon

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Bacon –– it isn’t just for breakfast anymore. The crispy, salty treat is showing up everywhere –– in pizzas, salads, entrées — and even in non-food products. But beware — eating bacon can also be a health-buster. So Consumer Reports helps you find which brands are worth the splurge.

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Best & Worst Cars And Carmakers

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The results of Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability survey are in. Japanese automakers came out on top, but this year they face some stiff competition.

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