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Better Than Google


One of the most common questions we librarians get concerns what kind of ___________do I buy?  Just fill in the blank, mattress, toaster oven, laptop, washing machine, etc.  When faced with making a purchase, most people want to spend their hard-earned money on the right product.  The best way to make a wise decision is to arm yourself with the proper research.  Most people know and trust Consumer Reports and ask for it by name, and you can access it by using our on-line subscription or Ebsco Masterfile Premier’s on-line database.

While I trust Consumer Reports’ reporting, they actually don’t test some products that you think they would.  For example, Consumer Reports doesn’t have much to say about yoga mats, but Consumersearch.com  has a full report on them.  The same goes for travel mugs, office chairs, adult diapers, folding bicycles and snoring remedies.  While not a replacement for Consumer Reports, Consumersearch is another place to search for and compare buying information.

So, what is Consumer Search?  In their own words, it is a ”website that helps users find answers about what products are top-rated or best bets in their class. Our mission is to reduce the time it takes readers to make an intelligent purchase. The process begins when our editors scour the Internet and print publications for comparative reviews and other sources relevant to the topic. We then analyze these reviews and sources and rank them according to how credible they are, based on specific criteria we have developed for this purpose.”

 Do they take advertising? Consumer Reports doesn’t.  Consumer Search does, but they swear that the business and editorial departments are kept strictly apart, and there is no quid pro quo.  They assert they are unbiased, and print their sources of information, so one could check on the veracity of their reviews.  Although they do consider user reviews, they prefer professional reviewing sources such as Cnet.com and Consumer Reports.  They fully explain their methodology on their website.

You could find it through Google, but you don’t need to, since I’ve given the URL, but here it is again, Consumersearch.com.  Give it a try the next time you are in the market for snoring remedies.  They have a full report, and Consumer Reports has nothing.

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