Friday, December 17, 2004

Good sources for consumer reviews

Where can one find good, unbiased reviews of consumer products? It depends on what you're looking for.
  • Consumer Reports is of course a reputable organization, so committed to independence that it never takes advertisements, but unfortunately most of their content requires a paid subscription. Also, they are usually behind the times when it comes to computer technology.

  • Epinions and Amazon offer good anecdotal reports on specific products--as long as you take individual reviewers' opinions with a grain of salt.

  • CNET offers good reviews of most electronics or computer products.

  • Consumer Search is one of my favorites. Yes, they now have advertising, which is a little annoying. However, they do great "meta-reviews"...that is, reviewing and summarizing what all the other review sites and publications (including Consumer Reports) say.

  • Google's Consumer Information Directory has other useful consumer sites.

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