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Be a Smarty Pants With Consumer Reports

The library offers online access to Consumer Reports.

What do sunscreen products, advice on tick proofing your yard, buying a new car, and finding out if your water bottle is slowly poisoning you with arsenic have in common? They are all covered in Consumer Reports.

Many people ask to see the print version of this resource at the library. For even more information, a librarian at the Information Desk at Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch can log you into the Consumer Reports website.

One advantage of researching online is that it is easy to print your findings to take with you.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing up-to-date information on many products and services.

However, it doesn't cover everything in the brand ratings. There is no rating information on furnaces, for example (which many people are shocked to hear, shocked I tell you). Instead, there is a furnace buying guide that gives overview information that helps you make an informed decision.

One word of caution: Don't put your email address or phone number into any online form that you encounter through Consumer Reports.

We have had horror stories of guests who were prompted to do so in the car buying section and then received numerous calls and emails from dealerships across the Midwest. It seems Consumer Reports' partner TrueCar shares all of this personal information with a whole lot of dealerships. Looking for your next car on Consumer Reports' website is the way to go, just watch out for this one pitfall.


Matt Willis is reading The Having: The Secret Art of Feeling and Growing Rich by Suh Yoon Lee and Jooyun Hong.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020