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Consumer Reports says Consumers Can Save 40 Percent or More on Eyeglasses by Shopping Online and At Discount Retailers


Costco tops ratings of eyeglass chains and other discounters

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Buying eyeglasses from the eye doctor’s office is convenient, but can be costly.  Comparison shopping among different types of eyewear stores including online and discount retailers takes time but can save consumers 40 percent or more.

Consumer Reports’ most recent survey about its readers’ eyeglass-shopping experiences found that Costco was a standout for overall satisfaction – including cost – among chains such as EyeMasters, LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and Sears Optical and other discounters including BJ’s Optical, Sam’s Club Optical, and Walmart Vision Center. «Read the rest of this article»

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Holiday shoppers should remember these tips when buying gift cards


Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – Gift cards are handy presents – especially for people who seem to have at least one of everything. During the winter shopping season, a gift card can be ideal.

But for all the conveniences of gift cards, they often come with fine print that can make them less than perfect. Here’s how consumers can keep that gift card’s policies from dumping snow on their gift-giving this winter. «Read the rest of this article»

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Jockey and Carters among Top Scorers in Consumer Reports Outlet Stores Survey


Experts compare quality of outlet store goods head-to-head with the brand’s regular retail products

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – With the promise of big savings on quality name brands, outlet stores are booming in this sour economy. But are they delivering on that promise? To find out, Consumer Reports surveyed 17,753 readers who made nearly 39,000 outlet store visits.

The results reveal the winners and losers among 58 major outlet brands included in Consumer Reports’ survey, which took into account key factors such as value, quality, selection, and service. Consumer Reports also interviewed experts and sent a reporter undercover to buy $2,000 worth of shirts, slacks, socks, sweats, and other items, to examine in its’ textile labs. «Read the rest of this article»

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Identity Theft on the Rise During Holiday Season; Whether Shopping Online or at the Mall, Be Vigilant


I.I.I. Offers Crime Prevention and Insurance Tips to Weary Shoppers

Insurance Information InstituteNew York, NY – With everything easily available from wines and perfumes to electronics and toys, online shopping is an increasingly attractive alternative to braving the local mall during the holidays. However, it can also pose a risk to your identity, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

As online shopping becomes increasingly popular, more and more people are going to the Internet to take care of their holiday purchases. Seventy-two percent of U.S. online consumers say they will shop online for holiday gifts this season, according to exclusive research conducted for Internet Retailer. And this year’s Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday, a focus point for online holiday retail sales promotions) was a case in point, proving to be the busiest online-shopping day in U.S. history, with sales reaching $1.03 billion, up 16 percent from a year ago, according to comScore Inc.

Mother and son shopping for kites

Mother and son shopping for kites

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Consumer Reports Index: Worried consumers my make reluctant shoppers during final weeks of December


Planned buying for this December higher than last month, but less than 2009 
Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – While retail spending was strong this November, consumers are feeling the pain of a weak employment picture and increased financial troubles. Americans are showing signs of waning confidence, increased stress and reluctance to spend more in December than a year ago, according to the Consumer Reports Index December report.  

The Consumer Reports Retail Index showed that the Past 30-Day Retail Index for December, reflective of November activity, was 12.4, up from both the prior month (10.9) and one year ago (11.2). But with just two weeks left to go in the holiday shopping season, the Consumer Reports Index offers some troubling signs for retailers. The Next 30-Day Retail Index for December (reflecting planned December activity) is down slightly (11.8) versus a year ago (12.2). This was led by the soft performance of planned purchasing of personal electronics relative to last year (27.8% versus 32.9%, respectively).  «Read the rest of this article»

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Car Shoppers Seeking Fuel Efficiency Facing More Choices This Holiday Season


But Consumers Are Still Window-shopping

The Alliance of Automobile ManufacturersWashington, D.C. – This holiday season, it’s never been easier to put a fuel-efficient auto on your shopping list. New government data released recently shows that automakers are offering more models that run on alternative fuels and use less gasoline.

“The good news for consumers is that competition among automakers is driving progress.  Auto manufacturers are racing each other to bring fuel-efficient autos to market,” said Dave McCurdy, President & CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.  “When it comes to determining the success of energy-efficient technologies, consumers are in the driver’s seat. As automakers, our job is to develop and introduce vehicles that run on alternative fuels or deploy energy saving technologies.”

Car shoppers seeking fuel efficiency are facing more choices than ever

Car shoppers seeking fuel efficiency are facing more choices than ever

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Toys “R” Us beautiful baby contest and other pictures


The Clarksville, TN Toys “R” UsLast Saturday, Toys “R” Us together with Clarksville Online and other local sponsors held a beautiful baby contest. We had requested information needed to write an article from our liaison at Toys “R” Us and did not receive it. We needed for them to provide a list of entrants, the list of official winners, and a copies of the photographs that the Toys “R” Us photographers took of each baby. We had hoped to have our story written and published the next day, instead we spent the last week waiting for a response from them and did not receive it. So we are going to go ahead and publish the pictures that we took at the Clarksville Toys “R” Us on that day.

If we published a picture that you are personally in, feel free to contact us, identify the picture, and we will be happy to send you the full resolution copy so that you may get prints of the image. Family and friends should contact the people in the pictures. We apologize for the lack of other information, and for the delay however it was totally beyond our control.

The contest

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