Free consumer site offers buyers purchasing advice

By Christine Adolf
March 19, 2009

During this tough economic time, there is one place students can turn to: the Consumerist Blog.

The Consumerist informs and entertains consumers about the top consumer issue of that particular day.

The blog is the leading online resource for consumer-driven advice dealing with everything from grocery products to what company is the worst in the world.

The Consumerist is published by Consumer Media LLC and is a subsidiary of the Consumers Union which publishes Consumer Report.

Students can get the good and bad of products and other things that are used to live with on a daily basis.

People are welcome to read the article and comment on it. If you have a question, you can post it and see what answers you may even get back.

There are even articles on how to buy a computer off eBay or whether baby products contain formaldehyde. Students can turn to this Web site for helpful information during these tough times in the economy.

They can research a product to make sure it is worth spending the money on it or even if it is a reliable product. The quality of a product is usually the most useful type of information to help people purchase the product.

Students want somewhere to turn to research different topics and someone they can trust as well.

The Consumerist Blog was the blog that originally caught the Facebook term dispute.

With more than 175 million people using Facebook, the terms and conditions part of the Web site that each person who signs up for the Web site checks off on, should be solid and sound.

The terms of Facebook are not just a document that protects the rights of users, but it is used as a governing document of how the service is used by everyone across the world. This is an important document that lists the rights of organizations such as Facebook.

“I would get rid of my Facebook if that was the case. Another Web site would pop up with better terms of service,” Frank Bearoff, sophomore biology and pre-med major, said. “If I elect to delete my Facebook account, I would expect all my works and information to be permanently erased from their servers immediately.”

On a different approach, some students say they wouldn’t necessarily delete their Facebooks.

“I’m not sure I’d totally delete my Facebook, but I would definitely not include so much personal information and pictures that could be sold on the Internet to some stalker that could easily show up at my front door with my most recent bank account,” Gina Mulranen, junior math ans secondary education major, said.

As you can see, The Consumerist Blog started some very different responses to the new terms.

The blog generates many responses to many different aspects of life.

Students who are not sure what exactly may be happening in the economy or in the world can go to consumerist.com to research and possibly find ways to help themselves.

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