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Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Published: January 2013
January 2013


25 great holiday gifts
Do you need an accident-protection plan for your tablet? Eighteen percent of tablet owners we surveyed bought a service contract or extended warranty
Pork chops and ground pork contaminated with bacteria We found antibiotic-resistant bacteria and traces of a veterinary drug
Protecting Mom & Dad's money What to do when you suspect financial abuse


2013 Chevrolet Spark review
2013 Dodge Dart review
2013 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h review
Lincoln MKS v.s Cadillac XTS review Two big, opulent American sedans fall short of expectations
Sylvania Silvestar halogen headlight bulbs Higher-priced lights shine more brightly but not farther

Up Front

Claim Check: Lint Lizard Can a $10 "magic wand" make clothes dryer lint disappear?
Gotcha! Beware of ‘fast cash’ Payday loans can be pricey and unforgiving
Lost in translation: Many labels no sense make There’s no law against confusing—or amusing—wording on many goods
Sparkling wines that shine don't have to cost a lot Celebrate the holidays with one of our recommended sparklers
Spread it on: Best jellies and jams Some inexpensive brands tasted better than pricier ones
The cold facts about colds and flu Many products sold on drug store shelves don't help. But some simple steps can.
These Three Cleaners Will Remove Haze From Your Dishware These film stars eliminate hard-water buildup
Yogurt taste tests show Greek is good

CR Health

5 things I learned from my patients Listening to their stories has sometimes improved my health

CR Money

Don’t get taken guarding your ID Do-it-yourself safeguards are just as effective as paid services


Biggest consumer complaints to the CPSC Appliances accounted for 2,029 complaints in the database
From our president: Naughty and nice
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

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