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Consumer The reality of outlet malls The reality of outlet malls (Video)
We're spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top $42 billion this year, according to the trade publication Value Retail News. Consumer Reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of almost 16,000 subscribers, and can help you bag the best bargains.
Consumer Sometimes, it pays to pay more Sometimes, it pays to pay more
Price and quality don't always go hand-and-hand. Sometimes, inexpensive products are as good as or better than their more expensive counterparts. But that's not always the case.
Consumer Catch Caddy: Does it work? Catch Caddy: Does it work? (Video)
Promoters of the Catch Caddy tout an ultra-flexible, one-size-fits-all design that fits between the front seats and console of most cars. It resembles a large, open, plastic envelope-style clutch bag without the flap.
Consumer I want my kids to eat fish I want my kids to eat fish
Fish is a great source of lean protein. It's also high in Omega-3 fatty acids which are important for growing brains and bodies. That's why kids need to eat fish. But kids, like many adults, are often turned off by the smell or unfamiliar taste. What's a parent to do?
Consumer Most and least reliable vechicles for 2015 Most and least reliable vechicles for 2015 (Video)
Consumer Reports has just released this year's ratings of the most and least reliable new cars and carmakers. There are some big changes this year, with Infiniti dropping most dramatically in the ranks.
Consumer Consumer Reports testers identify top juicers Consumer Reports testers identify top juicers (Video)
You've heard it before you need at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day! Juicing offers a way to up that number. And Americans are catching on. Sales of juicers are up 25 percent in the past year.
Consumer All smoke alarms are not the same All smoke alarms are not the same
There are two basic types of smoke alarms. Some have are photoelectric sensors. Others use ionization technology. They work in different ways and are better at different types of fires
Consumer Tablet laptop combos - best of both worlds?
Tablets have been one of the fastest growing consumer electronics. But sales are starting to level off. And the laptop market has been declining for some time. Now there's an emerging class of computers called detachables that combines a laptop and a tablet.
Consumer How to talk to your auto mechanic How to talk to your auto mechanic
Even the best auto mechanic isn't clairvoyant. So when you drop off you vehicle, it's important to give the shop as much information as possible about the problem.

Mark Salem, an ASE Certified Master Technician, explains the right way and the wrong way to do it.
Consumer My Fun Fish Tank: Does it work? My Fun Fish Tank: Does it work? (Video)
My Fun Fish tank is billed as "The kid-friendly aquarium that cleans itself like magic!" Adding clean water to the tank automatically siphons water up through a plastic tube that extends from the bottom of the tank out a spout near the top. Dirt collected on the bottom is removed as the fresh water pours in. As the commercial puts it- "The tank is always crystal clear!"
Consumer OLED: Next big thing in TV technology OLED: Next big thing in TV technology (Video)
The latest in television technology is called OLED. It stands for organic light-emitting diodes. Organic refers to the layer of carbon film, which emits light when hit with an electric current.
Consumer Healthy lifestyle linked to breast cancer survival Healthy lifestyle linked to breast cancer survival
Despite all the advances in modern medicine, it's often the simple things that make a difference when it comes to your health.

Women who have a healthy lifestyle tend to have a better chance of survival when they are diagnosed with breast cancer, according to a new study done by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Consumer How to safely take your dog for a ride in the car How to safely take your dog for a ride in the car
It's fun to take the dog for a ride, but just like any other passenger, you need to worry about their safety.

Mikkel Becker, a local animal trainer who writes for Vetstreet.com, says letting your dog put his head out the window is not a good idea.
Consumer Best way to score frequent flyer trips Best way to score frequent flyer trips (Video)
Who doesn’t want to fly for free? But can you really get where you want to go using your frequent-flyer miles? To find out, Consumer Reports asked staffers to try booking round-trip tickets using their frequent-flyer miles with nine programs: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit, United, and US Airways.
Consumer Portable heater dangers, recalls Portable heater dangers, recalls (Video)
Space heaters can warm up a chilly room. But beware. They account for one-third of all home-heating fires each year, and more than 80 percent of home-heating fire deaths.