Consumers' Research Magazine

Consumers' Research Magazine is a magazine specializing in Marketing topics.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 6, June

Consumer LETTERS
RENEWABLE ENERGY? "A Closer Look at Renewable Energy" (March 2000) brought out a lot of points that are often overlooked or ignored in this ongoing debate. There are a couple of gaps, however, that prevented it from being a complete entry. The...
Consumer Notes
Maine Rx Price Controls Maine lawmakers have taken the matter of prescription drug prices into their own hands. Governor Angus King (I), along with legislative leaders, recently approved a measure which will lower drug prices for some consumers...
Consumers Shift to Equities
Americans have changed the way they put their money to work. The recently published results from the "1998 Survey of Consumer Finances" show Americans did not leave their money under the mattress but went out and invested in recent years. The survey,...
Consumer Tips
On-line Bill Payments The term "bill aggregators" refers to Internet services that receive customers' bills, display them on-line for their customers to see, and pay them (either by post or electronically) from the customers' bank, savings or investment...
Don't Force It
"Technology forcing" has been for many years a popular game with government planners--considerably less so with consumers. The idea behind technology forcing is that somebody or the other with an agenda, and lots of clout, knows better what the...
Finding a Good Computer Chair
If you spend any amount of time with a computer, the most important machine to you, and the most overlooked, may not be the one you type on but the one you sit on. Chairs, specifically ergonomic ones adjustable in multiple ways, are really seat machines....
Fix Minor Paint Chips Yourself
Body and paint repair--even small stuff--is a dark art and fearful prospect for almost everyone, even those among us who are pretty decent mechanics. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't attempt to fix minor scratches yourself. It's possible to do so...
Genetically Modified Food Plan
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it would tighten its review process for genetically engineered foods as part of a broader Clinton Administration plan that includes increased funding of studies on the potential risks of...
How Internet May Just Pass `Monopoly' By
Many have come to believe that the technology industry requires strict governmental policing of allegedly anti-competitive behavior. But today's software and Internet companies may find that the special rules about to be applied to Microsoft will establish...
Hybrid Cars: The Hope, Hype, and Future
At the turn of the century (the last one), gasoline-powered cars did not dominate the streets. Steam and electricity vied with gasoline for the affection of consumers. For awhile it was an open question as to which would eventually dominate. A similar...
Limited Health Claims for Soy Products
Vegetarians and health enthusiasts have known for years that foods rich in soy protein offer a good alternative to meat, poultry, and other animal-based products. As consumers have pursued healthier lifestyles in recent years, consumption of soy foods...
One Thing Leads to Another
Thomas Edison wasn't out to change the world in 1879, just to light a room. But one thing led to another. To build a market for his light bulb invention, he constructed the world's first electricity generating plant and distribution network in New...
Sensoring Our Health
Second of a three-part series To date, the most successful health application of biosensors has been with the glucose analyzer. This device is used by diabetics to self-monitor blood glucose. Based on the sensor's reading, a person can adjust the...
Someone Stole My Social Security Number
The following is adapted from testimony before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security this past May 9.--Ed. My wife and I are encouraged that this subcommittee is looking into the widespread use and misuse of the Social Security...
The Consumers' Observation Post
NEW WEB PRIVACY LAWS AIMED AT CHILDREN went into effect this past April. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) bars Web sites from collecting personal information from pre-teens without "verifiable parental consent." (See "New Web Privacy...
The Green Thumb
Q. Is there any good reason for putting lime on the compost pile? A. Yes. Lime hastens decomposition because acid soil inhibits the bacteria. As the pH is raised (more alkaline or "sweeter"), bacteria populations grow and decomposition occurs. Lime...
What the Critics Say(*) about MOVIES
Adult Entertainment Values Number of Critics Saying -- Go ?? No Adrenaline Drive (Japan) (unrated) 2 0 0 A mousy cab driver and a shy nurse come into possession of millions of yen American Psycho (R) ...
What You Also Need to Know about Soy
The accompanying article from FDA Consumer on soy omits some discussions that would interest consumers. The omissions are of particular importance because they might prove to be embarrassing to the Food and Drug Administration, because the agency recently...
You Have No Legal Right to Social Security
One of the most enduring myths of Social Security is that there is a right to Social Security benefits. Many workers assume that, if they pay Social Security taxes "into the system," they have some sort of legal right to benefits "out of the system."...