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Consumer Reports finds more products are getting smaller

 

Manufacturers downsizing packaging by as much as 20% but still charging the same price

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Does it seem like some products don’t last as long as they used to? From toothpaste to tuna fish, hot dogs to hand soap, companies have been shaving ounces and inches from packages for years.

ConsumerReports’ latest investigation, featured in the February issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org, found that more and more products are getting downsized. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Poll: Americans will spend almost two days on Holiday Activities

 

Holiday shopping, wrapping, partying, and more prove to be time-consuming for most

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Ever wonder how much time we devote to celebrating the winter holidays? A recent Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll found that the average American expects to spend about 42 hours buying, wrapping, and returning gifts, as well as partying and traveling to visit family and friends.

The full results of this latest poll are available at www.ConsumerReports.org. «Read the rest of this article»

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Nearly One in Five Americans haven’t even started Christmas Shopping Yet

 

Consumer Reports Last-Minute Shopping Poll

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – While more than half (56%) of Americans had dutifully completed their holiday shopping by December 19th, nearly one in five hadn’t even begun. As a result, those stragglers will be out in force on Christmas Eve, with an estimated 10 percent of consumers hitting the malls in a last-ditch attempt to beat the deadline, according to a nationally representative Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll. 

With the countdown running to the 25th, more than half of the dawdlers (51%) think there’s still plenty of time. Money concerns were cited as a key reason for their late start, but 21% are putting it off simply because they can’t stand to shop. The full results of the poll are available at www.ConsumerReports.org. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Reveals 5 Steps To Happy Returns

 

Almost 1 in 5 Americans expected to return at least one holiday gift

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Socks again? As consumers scramble to purchase gifts this holiday season, shoppers also need to keep in mind that nearly 20 percent of Americans plan to return at least one holiday gift, according to a Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll conducted last year.

And though most shopping policies are more lenient than they were before the recession, some companies have fought fraud and abuse with stricter policies. But there are ways to prepare for a hassle-free return process with the least amount of headache, according to the January issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands December 7th and online at www.ConsumerReports.org. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports: Five Holiday Shopping Traps to Avoid

 

Plus a Tip Sheet on Holiday Tipping

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Finding the right gift at the right price can be challenging, especially during the holiday season when deep discounts and door-buster sales abound. The latest issue of Consumer Reports highlights five traps holiday shoppers can avoid.

“Knowing how to navigate sales, comparison shop, and cut through salespeople jargon is half the battle to stress-free holiday shopping,” said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports. “Shoppers need to take precautionary measures before purchasing gifts to make sure they are getting the right product, for the right price, with no strings attached.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Cash, Electronics and Gift Cards Top Holiday Wish List this Season

 

Video Games Are a Hot Item; E-books and Tablet Computers Make Inroads
68 Percent Plan to Give Something Not Many Want – Clothing

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Shoppers need not look any further than their wallets in search of the perfect holiday gift. Money is among the most wanted gift this year. That’s according to a new Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll, which also found that 58 percent of people plan on giving cash as a gift this year.

Aside from cold-hard cash, Americans also cited electronics and gift cards as the most desirable gifts to both give and get. The full results of this latest poll are available at www.ConsumerReports.org. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumers plan to cut back on Holiday spending less so than in ‘Recession’ Years

 

42 Percent Say Getting the Best Prices on Holiday Gifts is Critical;
13.6 Million Americans Still Carry Debt from Last Season’s Shopping

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Some shoppers may be loosening their financial belts a bit this holiday season, but ongoing economic turbulence continues to motivate many to insist on getting a bigger bang for their buck. According to a new Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll, about one in three Americans plan to spend less this holiday season, down from 42 percent in 2008. The full results of this latest poll are available at www.ConsumerReports.org.

“Consumers are optimistic, but they don’t necessarily believe that happy days are here again. Credit is tight, unemployment remains high, the value of their homes has dropped and many Americans are facing the prospect of higher taxes of all levels,” said Tod Marks, Consumer Reports senior editor and resident shopping expert. “So while it’s a bit surprising that some plan to spend somewhat more than last year, the fact is they’re insisting on value, value, value.”  «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports latest Taste Tests find some Store Brands at least as good as National Brands

 

New study shows filling a shopping cart with store brands saves an average of 30 percent on groceries

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY — Store brand products can compete with their name-brand counterparts and save shoppers more than a thousand dollars a year on grocery bills, according to a new study from Consumer Reports. In 21 head-to-head taste matchups, national brands won seven times, the store brand came out on top in three instances, and the remainder resulted in ties.

“The study reaffirms that store brands are worth a try,” said Tod Marks, senior projects editor for Consumer Reports. “For a family that spends $100.00 a week on groceries, the savings could add up to more than $1,500 a year.” «Read the rest of this article»

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