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As you know the library has subscribed to Consumer Reports (CR) magazine for a number of years, our print collection goes back to 2005.  We are delighted to report that we now have an online subscription, ConsumerReports.org This edition features much more information than the magazine and has the most subscribers of any Web site of its kind.

ConsumerReports.org:

• 1,000+ Ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips
• Proven product reliability data
• Complete product specifications
• Frequently updated information
• Quick recommendations
• A ShopOnline feature
• 100% unbiased...because they take no outside advertising

ConsumerReports.org Cars Best Deals Plus: Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price - including rebates, incentives and holdbacks

• Unlimited Price Reports on new and used cars
• Test Track Notes from expert engineers
• Enhanced Side By Side model comparisons
• “Best Deal” negotiation advice

Take a moment to navigate through the online version of CR.  Learn how they test products. Watch a video tour of one of the labs. Sign up for the free e-mail newsletter. Read some of the very informative articles on a variety of topics. The most recent issue includes an article, “Bill Gates Reinvents the Toilet!”

The history of the organization is in video format & has interesting facts and some great vintage photos.

You can access CR on the library’s homepage Scroll down to Library Databases, click on the link. The General Databases are in alphabetical order, scroll to Consumer Reports. From home you will need to enter your Falmouth Public library card.

Consumer Reports Mission

Consumer Reports (CR) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. The organization was founded in 1936 when advertising first flooded the mass media. Consumers lacked a reliable source of information they could depend on to help them distinguish hype from fact and good products from bad ones. Since then CR has filled that vacuum with a broad range of consumer information. To maintain its independence and impartiality, CR accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates.

Consumer Reports Circulation!

“Consumer Reports, is one of the top-ten-circulation magazines in the country, and ConsumerReports.org, has the most subscribers of any Web site of its kind, in addition to two newsletters, Consumer Reports on Health and Consumer Reports Money Adviser. They have combined subscriptions of more than 8 million. All of CR’s work is informed by the more than 1 million readers who respond to our Annual Ballot & Questionnaire, among the largest and most comprehensive consumer studies in the world. In 2008, CR also launched several initiatives, including ConsumerReportsHealth.org and the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, which serve to educate and empower consumers to make more informed health-care decisions and to help change the market.”

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