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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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ShopSmart is the lively new guide from the experts at Consumer Reports. Quick, easy-to-use, unbiased shopping advice to help readers find the best products and services for home, yard, health, fitness, food, electronics, family, autos and more. Like Consumer Reports, it is independent and carries no outside advertising.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Duplicates WAY too much of Consumer Reports January 3, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal
I recommend that you subscribe to Consumer Reports OR ShopSmart, but not both. Here's why:

Since ShopSmart is published by Consumer Reports, I knew I could count on reliable reviews and ratings, no outside advertising, and advice that would save me money. I've subscribed to Consumer Reports for years, and knew what to expect. ShopSmart follows in the footsteps of Consumer Reports in all of these respects.

What really bothers me, though, is the amount of duplication between the two magazines. The January 2011 issue of ShopSmart contained the following, all of which appeared in the January 2011 issue of Consumer Reports:
1. Rating the best cookware sets
2. Rating the best frozen pizzas
3. An article on where sugar is "hidden" in various foods.
4. A discussion about the best all purpose cleaner
5. A review of the Duracell MyGrid charger (including the exact same accompanying photo in both magazines)
6. An article about the dangers of mercury in tuna fish
7. An article about the dangers of shattering glass bakeware

And more...and this is pretty much par for the course each month. I noticed this much overlap in a free trial issue, but thought it was an anomaly...not their standard operating procedure.

It is my opinion that the same organization I trust for their reviews is taking advantage of my trust by making two magazines with so much duplicate content. I will continue to subscribe to Consumer Reports, but I will NOT be renewing my ShopSmart subscription unless it stops duplicating so much of Consumer Reports.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Female version of Consumer Reports Magazine. August 6, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I consider this magazine to be the feminine version of Consumer Reports. The articles are condensed versions of most that can be found in the regular Consumer Reports mag as well as the website. But these are mostly "female" related items, bras, saving at the grocery, purses, wines, etc. The colors are flashy and eye catching whereas the Consumer Reports magazine itself is more utilitarian.
I really like this magazine because it's shorter to the point articles, I don't have to search long lists to find the top 3 of something. This magazine gives the best recommendations as well as those not recommended. They've left out most of the dirty details to get to that point. The magazine also covers stories about the top 10 tips to save at the grocery, the top 10 websites that save you money, cleaning products you can't live without, the best little black dress and on and on.
They also have articles about single females' necessary household tools, and gives the best recommendations for power/hand tools for women. So that's why I'm saying it's meant for women mostly rather than guys.
It is expensive for 6 issues but in one purchase you could save $20, so to me the magazine is worth the cost. If you want, just get the online consumer reports, website only access and you'd have the best of both worlds.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but expensive July 27, 2009
By B. Mook
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've bought the magazine a few times now at the newsstand, and I like the content and layout. However, much like its parent company's Consumer Reports, it is expensive for what it is. Six issues for $23? Not too mention, I have to take even more issue with that price.
If you look at the magazine's website you'll see that it is actually $18 for six issues and $4.95 for shipping and handling.
Shipping and handling for a magazine- really?
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest Pricing February 6, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
The price listed is $22.95 for 12 months (6 issues). But the magazine is published 10 times a year and the publisher is assigning expirations based on six issues (approx. seven months). This makes the cost per year $42 (considerably more than a year on Consumer Reports at $29).
The magazine itself is fine (three stars) but the dishonest advertising is completely unacceptable.

Also, they seem to be charging a 30% premium to edit CR for a "feminine" audience.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Offshoot Of "Consumer Reports" February 1, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I have subscribed to "Consumer Reports" for years as I like their unbiased reviews and policy of not accepting advertising revenue. I still subscribe to "Consumer Reports" and have decided to subscribe to "ShopSmart" as well, as it retains the unbiased, no advertising attributes of "Consumer Reports" and focuses on making daily purchasing decisions without any hype or gimmicks.

"Consumer Reports" is extremely useful, but can be quite tedious and detailed, particularly when dealing with electronics or durable goods. "ShopSmart" retains the same general editorial tone, but is much more concise. The individual articles are informative but rather brief, focusing more on value choices versus technical minutiae: of the two it is the more readable magazine by far.

While I still consider "Consumer Reports" as the gold standard for product evaluation and differentiation, "ShopSmart" provides useful, easy to apply information in a highly readable package.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same info as Consumer Reports January 10, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year
As another reviewed stated, this is a great magazine, but it duplicates too much of what is in Consumer Reports. For example, both the Feb. '11 CR and March '11 SS issues compare the following:

iPad vs. other tablets
Buffalo wings
Valspar paint

And the March SS issue compared TVs and cell phones/carriers that had just been reviewed in the January '11 CR.

Both magazines are great, but it does not make me feel as if I am shopping "Smart" by subscribing to both magazines. As ShopSmart seems to be geared more for women, I will probably keep subscribing to it and cancel my CR subscription.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best magazines. They tell you if they like a ...
This is one of the best magazines. They tell you if they like a product and tell you if they don't. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jtk
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I find more useful information in Shopsmart than any other magazine I subscribe too! I have saved everyone since I started getting them!
Published 3 months ago by Terry Shriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this magazine
Sure gives great tips I enjoy this magazine and will cont to order, the coupons in it are great! Love it
Published 5 months ago by denise
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading
Required reading for the smart shopper and anyone interested in the products on the market.I have learned so much from this magazine,it is well worth the price.
Published 5 months ago by oldfeet
5.0 out of 5 stars It IS published by Consumer Reports.......I think it is better!
For all of you that say it is like Consumer Reports......It is published BY Consumer Reports....female version. More of what we women are interested in.
Published 6 months ago by Linda Hefter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift too
I liked this magazine so much, I gave it as a gift to two relatives at Christmas. They enjoy it too!
Published 8 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Magazine
Love it so much that I ordered it as gifts for my two children. Basically they kept taking mine. Would recommend this to everyone.
Published 9 months ago by crazychicken
5.0 out of 5 stars this magazine is wonderful
I learn something new every time I get a new one in the mail. I am a magazine vendor so I see a lot of magazines and I will continue my subscription for life.
Published 9 months ago by Cristine M. Shuldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips and references to save money
What a great magazine, off-shoot of Consumer Reports. I look forward to receiving it every month. It focuses on making good purchases of a wide variety of products, giving lots of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marsha C. Cate
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really Like the Paper Version
This magazine, put out by Consumer Reports, reviews many products and services. Most of the reviews were not previously published in Consumer Reports itself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T
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