The only difference between regular vodka and super premium vodka is the price. Double shielded, gold plated speaker cables work just as well as cheap ones.
What other consumer goods have "premium" versions that are identical to the budget version? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp
on Sep 29, 2008 -
Clothes dryer [new] slashed clothing. "Repaired," dryer snags clothes, makes unsettling noise. Visited store 4x; sent registered mail to manufacturer 2x, nothing. Now what? [more inside]
posted by kmennie
on Sep 8, 2008 -
Are there any other companies/websites that compare to
Consumer Reports for information/ratings of consumer products?
Before I subscribe to their service I was looking for input as to the
quality of the reports they provide. Thanks.
posted by boby
on Jul 26, 2008 -
I'm looking for a company based in India, cited in a story I heard on NPR sometime in the past week or so, that handles a given number of Joe Consumer research queries per month for a flat fee. [more inside]
posted by blue andrea
on Jul 25, 2008 -
I recently became involved with a local television station and I'm looking to invest in a "broadcast quality," consumer camcorder. Is there even such a thing? Or should I penny up for something in the prosumer range?
posted by maalsa
on Jul 11, 2008 -
What are some retail credit card accounts (ie Macy's Card) that deliver good freebies, coupons, discounts or other promos for members? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Jan 13, 2008 -
I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time in France (Paris and Bordeaux and Lyon) over the next 6 weeks. What's the cheapest way to get mobile internet (3G or wifi)? [more inside]
posted by ascullion
on Aug 22, 2007 -
We found an unauthorized charge of about $1,000 on our Visa statement -- from seven months ago (groan). What's our best plan for recovering these funds? [more inside]
posted by diastematic
on Mar 9, 2007 -
A relative of mine just bought a new car in Massachusetts and was blatantly robbed with bogus dealership fees. Example: $500 "registration fee" and of course the deluxe "extended warranty". Unfortunately the deal is done and it appears each bogus fee is perfectly legal in Mass and there's no "cooling off period". Is there is any recourse to persuade the dealer to reconsider these fees?
posted by StarForce5
on Feb 2, 2007 -
ConsumerFilter: Does a retailer in California really have a right to null and void a published coupon before it's expiration date? [more inside]
posted by sammich
on Jan 22, 2007 -
PS3 filter; you knew it was inevitable. How can I get my hands on a Ps3 tonight or tomorrow? I'm in Phoenix, Arizona and I'm not about to go drop $2k to get one off of Ebay. [more inside]
posted by Bageena
on Nov 16, 2006 -
I accidentally dropped my 5th-gen iPod on the floor, and now it doesn't work. I checked the serial number of the unit on Apple's service site, and it tells me that I only have 7 days left on my 1-year limited warranty. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by melorama
on Nov 4, 2006 -
How can one tell the production history of a microwave oven? I bought a GE JES1656SJ at Best Buy today. Got it for a good price. Went home, Googled the model number. Very few hits. Nothing at epinions or consumerreview. Not sold at amazon. On the GE website itself, I found its page (with some effort). On this page it said "Sold Only at Lowe's" (the chain hardware/appliance stores). The fact that I bought this elsewhere notwithstanding, is there anyway to find out if this is an old/defective/dangerous/unpopular model? Is it unusual to produce specific models for certain outlets? The oven is still in the box pending the results of my investigation. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister
on Jun 25, 2006 -
How sinister is a pre-employment "investigative consumer report" that includes interviews with acquaintances? What do those interviews involve exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 27, 2006 -
WidgetsFilter. What government (US) resource will tell me how many unique widgets are available for sale each year? [more inside]
posted by pants
on Mar 29, 2006 -
So, I admit it, I browse ebay a lot and I'm also not averse to surfing the many teleshopping channels.
Now in my travels I often see things which look like they are too good to be true - especially on the TV.
You know the sort of thing - the drill which has a lifetime guarantee and will drill through concrete or steel etc. or the juicer that takes the whole fruit without cutting it up or the makeup that can make you look 10 years younger.
Anyway it got me thinking that there must be some web site somewhere where I can get reviews of these kind of "wonder-products"!
Most of the review sites I've found are pretty poor in my opinion - so few products are actually reviewed and I've yet to find any that look at eBay or Teleshopping products.
Of course if anyone has any genuine wonder-products they have got this way then feel free to post a short review here as well!
posted by empedia
on Mar 21, 2006 -
Can someone explain why every battery powered device ever made seems to have a utterly unique AC power adapter? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii
on Jan 11, 2006 -
IANAL Dentist filter: So the dentist told my wife, repeatedly, "of course your insurance will cover this. Don't even worry about it." The insurance won't pay for it. We're stuck with the $400 bill. If we don't pay, our credit is hosed. Non-snarky suggestions?
posted by craniac
on Jan 6, 2006 -
Why is it that one can go into the library or a bookstore (Borders/B&N) and read for several hours without getting tired or distracted? And yet reading at home for half an hour can be a chore because your eyes get tired, or you fall asleep? Is "Full spectrum" lighting the answer?
posted by Quami77
on Dec 22, 2005 -
Kitchen knives. One more time
. How do knives distinguish themselves as they increase in price? Specifically, how does the recent offering from Calphalon compare? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I just got screwed by a VOIP company. After a month of trying to reinstate a virtual number they accidently deleted, they’ve now confessed that they assigned it to someone else. I asked “What can you do to make this right”, and all they said was “we can give you a new phone number”. What official-type people can I complain to so I can get “The Rage” out of my system?
posted by alan
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Questions for grocery clerks (or people who stand in line at the grocery thinking about people and their purchases). [more inside]
posted by kmel
on Jul 29, 2005 -
Has anyone noticed a link between a megacorp's poor customer service and tons of "smily happy people" clip art on their ads and websites? I've been noticing a strong connection, to the extent that it's a warning flag for me not to do business with them. Am I imagining it or do they all do this?
posted by shannymara
on Jul 15, 2005 -
A friend of the family has a newish Dell, purchased in the last month. They want to make DVDs from a MiniDV camcorder that is playable on home players. They spent some time using Windows Movie Maker, only to discover that what it made were .avi movies, and not actual DVDs.
I work on a Mac, and have suggested the Mac/iMovie/iDVD combination, but really don't know what to suggest for their platform of choice ... [more inside]
posted by jpburns
on Jun 9, 2005 -
Does anybody remember anything about a pre-world wide web consumer product called Yak (or Yack) that was marketing in the United States around 1990? Google fails me. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd
on May 24, 2005 -
There seems to be a trend lately where people are preferring goods made in smaller batches, often locally - crafted, if you will - such as olive oil, beer (at least in the 90s) and lately distilled spirits. What are some other examples of this? (Not necessarily food.)
posted by gottabefunky
on May 24, 2005 -
Consumer filter. Tomorrow is black friday. What killer deals are there tomorrow morning?
posted by filmgeek
on Nov 25, 2004 -
Getting out of a cell phone contract (US) - is there any hope? In this case, the usual story: Verizon, crappy service (roaming in the center of town), atrocious customer service (phone dies after three months, it's discontinued, they'll only replace it with used ones that also crap out). Do you know anyone who has tried to quit a cell phone contract? What did they/you do (file complaints, document, etc)? What were the consequences (credit, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Jun 17, 2004 -
Someone's offered to sell me tickets to an event and tells me they are "fax" tickets -- I can paypal him and he can fax the tickets. Is this legit? I don't know this person. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Mar 12, 2004 -