May 2013

Consumers Union Urges the Department of Education to Strengthen Oversight of For-Profit Colleges
Tighter Rules Needed to Ensure Students & Taxpayers Get Good Return on Investment in Higher Education SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, urged the Department of Education to strengthen oversight of for-profit...

Consumer Reports Finds Low-Ball Moving Companies Can Leave Consumers Fighting For Their Possessions
Five Tips to Avoid Fee Traps and Moving Scams YONKERS, NY—A recent Consumer Reports story found that last year, Massachusetts officials sued one moving company and New Jersey officials sued two for providing low-ball estimates and then grossly inflating fees...

Consumer Reports Survey: Abt Electronics, Amazon.Com and QVC Top List Of Appliance-Store Ratings
Appliance shopping survey part of Consumer Reports' 25-page annual kitchen buying guide YONKERS, NY — In Consumer Reports’ latest survey of appliance retailers, Amazon.com and QVC earned high marks for small-appliance purchases while Abt Electronics and independent walk-ins continued to...

California Senate Passes Bill To Strengthen Oversight of Debt Buyers
Bill Will Help Protect Consumers from Unfair Debt Collection Practices SACRAMENTO, CA — By a unanimous vote, the California Senate passed legislation today that will strengthen state oversight of the debt buying industry and protect consumers from unfair debt collection...

Consumer Reports: Store Brands from Target and Walmart Top Latest Sunscreen Ratings
Tests find some products don’t meet SPF claims; paying more for sunscreen may not buy more protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays YONKERS, NY — In Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of sunscreens, Up & Up (Target) Sport SPF 50...

Consumer Reports: Virgin America Flies To the Top of Latest Airline Ratings
Spirit Airlines Lands at Bottom of the List with Poor Satisfaction Scores across the Board YONKERS, NY — Virgin America soared to the top of the latest Consumer Reports ratings of airlines in its debut appearance on the list, receiving...

Häagen-Dazs Tops ShopSmart’s Taste-Test of Vanilla Frozen Yogurts and Butter Pecan Ice Creams
Plus, runners-up that tasted almost as good and cost a fraction of the price YONKERS, NY — Willing to splurge for a tasty frozen treat? Then look no further than Häagen-Dazs – the famed ice cream maker edged out the...

Consumer Reports Gas Grill Tests: Weber’s Spirit Line Tops Latest Ratings
Five features to look for when buying a grill; Plus, great grilling accessories that add sizzle to any cook out YONKERS, NY — In Consumer Reports’ new Ratings of more than 100 gas grills, models from Weber’s Spirit line were...

ShopSmart: Four New Ways to Save on Beauty Products
Choosing store-brand products can save shoppers up to 40 percent; More than half of women don’t use coupons and discount codes on cosmetics according to new national poll YONKERS, NY – There are many ways to save on makeup and...

New Bill Would Take Recalled Rental Cars off the Road until Repaired
WASHINGTON, DC – New legislation introduced today would help keep consumers safe by keeping potentially unsafe rental cars off the road. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, praised the bipartisan legislation that would require that rental...

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