I have followed ConsumerAffairs for several years. They have excellent writers, do intensive research, and in every newsletter I receive, there's some information I have to pass-along to family & friends. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for "serious consumers".
"Who We Are: ConsumerAffairs.com is a private, non-governmental entity that empowers consumers by providing a forum for their complaints and a means for them to be contacted by lawyers if their complaints have legal merit. Your complaints and comments may be published, shared with the news media and reviewed by attorneys at no cost to you. See the FAQ for more information.
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Here's an idea of the basics you'll find in the CA's newsletter:
* Does It Really Pay To Go Shopping On Black Friday?
* New Home Sales Rise As Mortgage Rates Fall
* Toyota Announces Recall to Fix Runaway Acceleration
* Consumers May Soon See Fewer Scam Ads
* Recall of Drop-Side Cribs Continues 2009 Pattern
* Microsoft May Face Class Action Over Xbox Live Ban
* FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Sharkco Seafood
* Nearly One In Four Homeowners Under Water
* Deadline For Chinese Drywall Claims Looms
* More News...
* Toyota, Lexus Models Recalled to Fix Runaway Acceleration
* Toyota Recalling 110,000 Tundra Pickups
* Electrolux ICON, Kenmore 30 PRO Gas Ranges
* Stork Craft, Fisher-Price Cribs Recalled
* 2010 Volvo XC60
* Evenflo First Choice Car Seats
* Cost Plus World Stainless Steel Cookware
* Bobby Chupete Pacifiers
* Perfect Flame Gas Grills
* Century 21 Hooded Sweats
* Gorilla EXO-Tech Safety Harness
* Three Sisters Baby Hammocks
And so very much more!_____________________________________________
UPDATE: September 2,2013
ConsumerAffairs.com. All the angry (and uninformed) mail I've gotten lately?
Level: 0 (1 review, 0 helpful)
"This is an absolute scumbag company! As stated by other reviewers a business is prohibited from posting a reply to a review unless they allow consumeraffairs.com to extort money from the business. Clearly this is an unethical outfit operating on the edge of being illegal."
Level: 0 (9 reviews, 1 helpful)
"are you promoting ConsumerAffairs.com or are you working for them?
My advise is read the comment from raven g. About ConsumerAffairs.com his story is the right one. They are charging money to companies and they are living from fake reviews. If your really are interested in consumer affairs you let companies respond throughout there webcare teams on your own website FOR FREE. But ConsumerAffairs.com is not like that.
Most review website like Consumeraffairs are showing a lot of negative issues just to put pressure on companies to pay them money for a better ranking.
Don't use them, just listen to family and friends to make a decision about a website you want to use or You were using."
Janna C. "Thanks for the review, Ron. Can you tell us about a specific example of excellent information you've passed on to friends and family about something you read in the Consumer Affairs newsletter?"
Yeah, believe I can Jenna, hows this:
"What is a college degree worth in today's job market?"
I think this report is terribly relevant today Jenna, how about you?
Same-sex marriages to get equal federal tax treatment
Taxpayer reminder: Report 2010 Roth conversions this year
You may need to report half of the resulting taxable income on your 2012 return.
Build-A-Bear recalls stuffed animal toy
The stuffed animal's eye can detach, posing a choking hazard.
Fat & fit? Study says it's not impossible
Inflammatory markers may more precisely identify those prone to disease
I personally think these reports/reviews are worthwhile. No, I don't work for CA. Given the plethora of other reviews I've left while active here - thought you guys would have figured out I don't own them all?
As for all the mail (almost ten pieces recently) about Consumer Affairs, why not be good little reporters and go to the source?
Founder and Editor - ConsumerAffairs.com
"Most people are way too trusting, way too polite and not nearly inquisitive enough. If everyone spent a little time reading worthwhile history, science and journalism instead of listening to blowhards and con artists, the American middle class wouldn't be imploding quite so quickly."
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Jim occasionally studied English literature but spent most of his time as a radio reporter and free lance correspondent covering the social meltdowns of the 1960s.
A serial entrepreneur, Jim founded ConsumerAffairs.com in 1998. A former Associated Press executive, editor and reporter, he has covered just about everything imaginable and a few things that seemed unimaginable until they happened. He is unduly proud of his many enemies.
He lives in the Washington, D. C., area and Sayville, N. Y., with his long-suffering spouse and two dogs, his children having grown up and moved far away.
Note Jim offers E-mail address and phone, in case anyone has issue with ANYTHING he publishes. That's rather rare.
Site Jabber was originally about sites to make our lives easier, help avoid scams, and help save money... obviously. I've followed James R. Hood's CA site for a long time. They are some of the first with some very erudite reporting.
I don't review here very much currently. Simply too busy. The climate here has changed as well. Not so much community spirited, rather new reviewers solely (it seems) interested in discrediting anyone else. Try and focus on reporting something worthwhile... rather than tear another reviewer down?
So there's the long on James Hood & Consumer Affairs. Before anyone thinks of writing to me (Jenna, Mike, & Leo) about my owning CA, or how it's in league with the devil, do your homework. Call Jim and ask some questions. If you find something dark, then tell me and I'll retract my original review of some two years ago. Smile.
New reviewers need to grow-up a bit me-thinks.
Hope everyone is well & Happy,