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Some extra-virgin olive oils don’t make the grade

Some extra-virgin olive oils don’t make the grade

Many “extra-virgin” olive oils — including big names such as Bertolli, Crisco, Fillipo Berio and Mazola — don’t taste good enough to merit that description, according to Consumer Reports.

Let’s talk (sliced) turkey

Let’s talk (sliced) turkey

Consumer Reports’ tasters recently tried 18 packaged turkey slices, and although none would beat meat sliced off the bone, some are worthy alternatives if you want to save a little money or skip a deli line.

Tricky ad claims that companies use to hook you

Whether it’s a newspaper ad for a giant blowout sale or a TV pitch promising to save you hundreds on car insurance, some advertisers have a way of stretching the truth to get you to open your wallet. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, recently highlighted tricky ad claims that companies frequently make […]

Unemployed Americans likelier to suffer sleep problems

Unemployed Americans likelier to suffer sleep problems

In addition to searching for full-time work, some unemployed Americans may also be looking for a good night’s rest. According to a survey of Consumer Reports’ readers, unemployed respondents were more likely to say they had trouble falling and staying asleep than those with jobs — 69 percent to 59 percent respectively.

Top gadgets of summer

Top gadgets of summer

The latest handheld devices are thinner, lighter and more powerful than those of even a year or two ago, according to Consumer Reports. Despite those advances, prices continue to drop, with more $100 smartphones and $250 tablets on the market, to mention just two examples.

Scion IQ not such a wise choice

Scion IQ not such a wise choice

Consumer Reports’ recent tests of the tiny Scion iQ found it to be slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars CR has tested in recent years.

Saving big when dining out

Everyone loves a great deal and loves to eat, so what could be better than finding bargain meals? ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, recently uncovered the best websites to find restaurant deals so that you can enjoy a meal out without breaking your budget. Got a special occasion coming up? Try Bloomspot, […]

One-fifth of tested seafood mislabeled or misidentified

A Consumer Reports investigation reveals that more than one-fifth of 190 pieces of seafood bought at retail stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were not what they claimed to be — either mislabeled as different species of fish, incompletely labeled or misidentified by employees. CR sent the fresh and frozen fish […]

Americans are again warming to the credit card companies

Things are looking rosier for credit-card holders. Consumers are paying down balances and facing fewer punitive actions by credit card companies, such as higher rates, late-payment fees and canceled cards, according to a nationwide survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. New federal rules barring many abusive practices by credit-card issuers seem to be […]

Where to go for a great deal on electronics

The hottest electronics this holiday season? Tablet computers and e-book readers, the editors of Consumer Reports expect. The best places to buy them and other items on your list, including TVs, cameras and camcorders? Online, according to CR’s readers. CR’s Ratings of places to buy major electronics are based on this year’s annual questionnaire. In […]