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Consumer Reports Magazine | August

Published: August 2013
August 2013

Cover story

8 trends in mobile devices What you need to know to make great choices in smart phones, tablets, cameras, and e-book readers

Features

Save big on eyewear You can find deep discounts if you know how to shop
The nurse practitioner will see you now As health reform kicks in, more of our health care is likely to come from non-M.D.s. Here's a guide to who's who.
Tips on how to bargain and save money 89 percent of those who haggled were rewarded at least once

Lab Tests

Best laundry detergents Wisk and Kirkland rival Tide for value
The High Cost of Wasted Printer Ink It’s pricey, yet tests show much of it may never hit the page

Cars

Small and Midsized SUV Reviews The Jeep Grand Cherokee shines in a group of fresh models
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid & Toyota Prius Plug-in One delivers economical fun, the other underdelivers
Why You Might Not Be Getting the Efficiency Promised Some window stickers promise too much

Up Front

23 Best craft beers Our experts did blind taste tests of 23 ales and lagers
Best tissues Find out which tissues to ah-choose
Bison: An alternative to Beef This meat can be leaner than beef—and it's also pricier
Half-full pill bottles for sale Why are so many pill bottles only half full?
These frozen waffle brands are almost as good as fresh Plus, reviews of the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker and Rollie EggMaster

CR Health

Making sense of food labels Some to look for and others to ignore

CR Money

Reverse mortgage fraud and other new scams target seniors Seniors lose several billion dollars a year to financial chicanery

Departments

From our president: Basic rights for all
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

The August 2013 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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