Headlines From Today's Consumer Capsule

What you need to know for shopping for toys & shopping online

Today, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group unveiled a report regarding safety hazards when shopping for toys.

According to the U.S. PIRG, many toys on store shelves pose safety hazards -- even though certain chemicals and small parts have been banned.

The report also revealed that small parts found in toys made for children younger than three that could pose a choking hazard. For more information, click here.

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is less than a week away, and it's one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. For the first time, ShopSmart magazine (published by Consumer Reports) unveiled its favorite shopping sites. It evaluates each site to make sure it has a posted privacy policy, available customer service and the choice to opt out of sharing your information with a third party.

Below is a full list of ShopSmart’s Favorite Shopping Sites of 2010:

Clothing & accessories

  • Anntaylorloft.com
  • Anthropologie.com
  • Athleta.com
  • Bananarepublic.com
  • Gilt.com
  • Landsend.com
  • Like.com
  • Titlenine.com
  • Urbanoutfitters.com
  • Victoriassecret.com

Foodie stuff

  • Surlatable.com
  • Williams-sonoma.com

Home décor & more

  • Allmodern.com
  • Areahome.com
  • Ballarddesigns.com
  • Chiasso.com
  • Crateandbarrel.com
  • Garnethill.com
  • Ikea.com
  • Peacockalley.com
  • Plowandhearth.com
  • Potterybarn.com
  • Restorationhardware.com
  • Unisonhome.com
  • Westelm.com
  • Zgallerie.com


Everything Else

  • Alibris.com (books)
  • Alice.com (everyday household stuff like paper products)
  • Amazon.com
  • Apple.com (computers and more)
  • Case-mate.com (cellphone cases)
  • eBay.com
  • Etsy.com (handmade items)
  • Petco.com (pets)
  • Sephora.com (cosmetics and personal-care products)
  • Target.com

For more information, or to subscribe to ShopSmart, click here.

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