Why I love to love/hate Consumer Reports


I love Consumer Reports because I believe they are unbiased.

I hate Consumer Reports because they are always way behind everyone else to review products. It appears they never want to trump their printed release of reviews–huge mistake. If I’m wrong about this please someone correct me because I’m a loyal subscriber–for now.

The issue is that I don’t have time to wait for a review of a car for the April issue.

I remember looking at their reviews of tires, before their recent update, and they were at least one year behind on reviews for current products. All the tires they recommended were no longer being sold. And if they review HD televisions they wait until everything is out and then do one big comprehensive report. I just want to know if I should buy the 42″ Panasonic.

So I find myself looking at Consumer Reports as an afterthought. Consumer Reports has become the last place to look if I’m on the fence between a few different products. There was a time when Consumer Reports was the first place. Now its the last resort.


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