Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Consumer Reports blogs

Epochs ago we subscribed to Consumer Reports. We eventually gave up on them. Their reviews didn't match my own experience, and I found I was getting more out the negative reviews on Amazon. Their technology reviews, in particular, were very different from my own assessments.

I was also very disappointed in how little use they made of their subscriber base. That must have driven more forward looking employees berserk. They had a loyal and informed customer base they could have tapped to do the sorts of things Amazon did.

They're still around though, still nonprofit and still rejecting advertising. They've joined the 20th century however -- they have a series of Consumer Reports blogs on Electronics, Cars, Home, Safety, Shopping and more. I'm going to try a few of them, especially those that don't involve software or electronics.

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