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Consumer Information

Beware Fake Online Reviews

A common marketing scam involves paying for fake reviews on popular websites such as Amazon.com. Learn how to identify and avoid these scams by reading the following articles:

How to Find Product Reviews

In addition to general consumer review magazines like Consumer Reports, there are also hobby-specific magazines and websites that include reviews of items related to their subject. Be aware that "sponsored" reviews (aka advertisements) are a common source of income for bloggers.

  • Check the library's magazine list to see if we subscribe to a paper copy of a title.
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/periodicals/magazines/
    • Current issues of subscribed paper magazines are available in the reading area on the main floor of the Main Library. Back issues of subscribed paper magazines are available at the Reference Desk on the top floor of the Main Library.
  • Access digital magazines via Zinio and NCLive.org. NCLive.org offers full-text access to articles from many magazines. Simply type in the subject of review + "review" (example: dishwasher review).

Consumer Reports & Other General Product Review Sources

Computers & Electronics

Vehicles

Be sure to read our research guide on Buying A Car.
Go to:http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/consumer-information/buying-maintaining-cars

Hobbies and More

Guitars
Outdoor & Sports Gear
Photography

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