Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 2014 Consumer Reports: All About TVs

Are you planning to upgrade your TV this year?  The March 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has ten ways to save money and get a TV that has what you want. The article includes ratings for LCD and plasma TVs, listed by size.

Do you remember the days when you had only two or three kinds of toothpaste to choose from? The article "Too many choices?" notes the abundance of choices that consumers have now for many products, which can complicate decision-making while shopping. For example, did you know that there are eleven varieties of Cheerios? And over twenty choices for Head & Shoulders shampoo?

The "Cars" section has an interesting article on anti-distraction apps. These are free smart phone apps, offered by three major carriers (AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon), that block unwanted calls and texts while driving.    

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for bagged, ready-to-eat popcorn
  • Ratings for mattresses and the stores that sell them
  • Ratings for tablets with battery life of at least 6 hours
  • Ratings for upright vacuums and canister vacuums
  • Ratings for interior paints
  • Ratings for pharmacies

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

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