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Consumer Reports Magazine

March 2012
March 2012

Cover Story

Where to buy almost anything
More than 26,000 readers rate the nation’s major chain stores


Junk health insurance
Stingy plans may be worse than none at all
Appliance fires pose a safety concern
Millions of dishwashers, fridges, ranges, and more are on recall lists

Lab Tests

LCD & plasma TVs
High-tech features are transforming viewing
9 picks are under $200
Light & lively laptops
Interior paint
A new winner tops our tests
The dirt on air purifiers
Pro-style ranges


Compact luxury SUVs
The redesigned BMW X3 drubs a new, stylish Land Rover
Shine up your hazy headlights

Up Front

Battle of the almost-butters
Burger King’s new fries
Who's calling, please?
Safety worries: Distracted driving tops the list
Match the drug to its side effects
Detergent doses: 'Ultra' confusing
Tests on movie theater food show nutritional nightmare

CR Health

Celebrity endorsements: Who's selling what
Don't be starstruck by supplements

CR Money

Avoid costly retirement mistakes


Your letters
Ask our experts
From our president
Selling It
A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas
A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers

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