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Blu-ray Players

Updated: 12/03/2010 - 'Tis the season when people are buying all sorts of electronics. If you're looking to give … or get … a Blu-ray player, your timing is very good. Prices have fallen dramatically. Consumer Reports can help you sort through all the choices.

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Lowe's Recalling Millions of Blinds

Posted: 12/01/2010 - Lowe's is recalling about 11 million blinds and Roman shades out of concern that children could strangle on the cords.

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Best GPS

Posted: 11/23/2010 - With most new cars, you can get GPS built in, but you'll pay a premium. Portable GPS units cost far less. Consumer Reports has tested the latest units to find the best.

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3 D Televisions

Posted: 11/23/2010 - If you are considering a 3D TV this holiday, or if you're just curious as to how well the new sets stack up, you've got to see Consumer Reports' latest test results. The lab has now tested more than a dozen 3D sets, including ones from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony.

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Pocket Video Cameras

Updated: 11/18/2010 - When it comes to shooting home videos, you've got a lot of choices. You can now use smart phones and digital cameras to make quick videos, but Consumer Reports' tests show a better option is a pocket video camera.

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E-Book Readers

Updated: 11/18/2010 - If you've been tempted to switch to electronic books, this may be the right time. Consumer Reports says e-book readers have improved and prices are dropping. The Kindle that cost $259 last year now sells for as low as $139. Consumer Reports just tested it, along with more than a dozen competitors.

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Consumer Reports' 2010 Holiday Shopping Survey

Posted: 11/04/2010 - A just-released Consumer Reports survey finds that 28 percent of adults have already begun their holiday shopping. The survey, taken a little over a week ago, offers a snapshot of what gifts people are planning to give and where they hope to save.

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Best Places to Buy Eyeglasses

Posted: 11/04/2010 - More than 60% of people wear glasses. And once you hit 45, the percentage goes even higher. If you're in the market for a new pair of glasses, Consumer Reports can help save you plenty.

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Safer Turkey Fryer

Posted: 11/04/2010 - If you're roasting the turkey this Thanksgiving, this could be the year to break with tradition. A lot of people say deep-fried turkey is better. In fact, Butterball has come out with a new electric fryer that promises "the best turkey you've ever tasted." Consumer Reports tests just in time for the holidays.

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Avoid High Shipping Fees

Updated: 11/04/2010 - you're shopping online for holiday gifts, you're certainly not alone. In fact, Americans spent more than 27 billion dollars online last holiday season. It's convenient, but there are drawbacks. Consumer Reports tackles a big one - those hefty shipping charges that can really inflate your bill.

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Accurate Blood Pressure Monitors

Posted: 10/29/2010 - One in three Americans has high blood pressure - one of the leading causes of heart disease. Checking your blood pressure regularly at home can help keep it under control. Consumer Reports just tested home monitors and found some are much more accurate than others.

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Secure Moves at Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Posted: 10/29/2010 - Nearly 70,000 businesses from coffeehouses to hotels now offer public Internet connections, or Wi-Fi hotspots - and the number keeps climbing. Consumer Reports says taking certain precautions can help guarantee you're surfing securely in public places.

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Steering Clear of a Used Car Lemon

Updated: 10/29/2010 - Sales of used cars are way up. So far almost four million more have been sold this year than last. But buying a used car is never a good deal if you end up with someone else's headaches. Consumer Reports' auto experts can keep you on the straight path.

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Ford Has Record Quarter

Updated: 10/27/2010 - Ford posted its best-ever third quarter results: $1.7 billion. It was far better than analysts had expected.

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Pill Splitting

Posted: 10/21/2010 - Prescription drugs often cost the same whether they're an 80-milligram dose, a 40-milligram dose, or even 20-milligrams. That's why splitting pills can cut your costs significantly. But Consumer Reports Health cautions that only certain medications can be split - and never without the advice of your doctor.

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Super-Sizing Online Savings

Posted: 10/21/2010 - Who isn't looking to save money these days, whether you're buying something for yourself or you're looking for holiday gifts that won't break the bank. The editors of Consumer Reports ShopSmart have been on a virtual shopping spree and can help you find deals on almost anything.

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Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Posted: 10/21/2010 - When it comes to buying energy-efficient lightbulbs, you've got new choices. L-E-D bulbs are just hitting store shelves now. They claim to last five times longer than C-F-Ls and 25 times longer than incandescents. Consumer Reports takes a first look at one of the newest L-E-Ds to see how it stacks up.

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Laundry Made Easier?

Posted: 10/18/2010 - The average American does almost 400 loads of laundry a year. Lots of products promise to make cleaning and drying your clothes easier. Consumer Reports took a closer look.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Posted: 10/15/2010 - Pet owners spend more than 12-billion dollars a year at the vet's office. Companies that offer pet insurance say they can help cut your costs. Consumer Reports Money Adviser analyzed pet insurance to see if it's really worth it.

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Post-Reform Credit Card Gotchas

Posted: 10/15/2010 - Newly enacted credit-card reforms were supposed to protect people against certain abusive practices by card issuers, like gouging you with unfair fees. But Consumer Reports warns that despite the regulations, plastic can still be perilous.

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