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Questions tagged [consumer-products]

Use this tag for questions about the effectiveness of products which are sold to end consumers. Typically this is used for claims about products when there is no more specific tag available, such as [medicaments] or [natural-remedies].

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Do ionizing hair-dryers reduce frizz and drying time?

The new wave in Hair Dryer technology involves marketing benefits based on Ionization. Is there any evidence for any of this though? Conair® Turbo 1875: "Ionic technology helps enhance your hair's ...
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Are PC-based players generally superior to console-based players in first-person shooters?

I have heard that the reason that the XBox live games cannot be played with friends on Windows machines is that when MS tried it out, the keyboard-based players were so dominant that Microsoft decided ...
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Does sharing earphones increase the risk of middle ear infections?

A Google search reveals many claims that sharing earphones is unhealthy. Marie Claire magazine provides an example: Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health at the ...
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Does closing a swing-top bottle make recycling more costly?

Here in Germany there are a number of beer brands that come in a swing top bottle: (picture taken from Wikipedia; copyright by Michiel1972, license GNU/GFDL) I often heard the claim that you should ...
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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Does the E-Kaia device harvest electrical power from small plants?

The E-Kaia device claims to be able to harvest electricity released into soil by small plants. Here's a Daily Mail article describing it. And because not all of the electrons are needed, harvesting ...
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Does the IntelliGender gender prediction test have 78% accuracy?

In 2009, CNN described Intelligender, an over-the-counter test that predicts the gender of an unborn baby based on hormones in the mother's urine. It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the ...
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Does “reverse sound technology” make headphones safer?

Purebuds Earphones claims that their use of "Reverse Sound Technology" makes their earbuds safer, preventing hearing damage. I searched for a scientific study of this technology, or at least a good ...
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Do lingerie bags protect delicates from damage in washing machines?

Mesh lingerie bags are widely sold to protect lingerie and other delicate fabrics from damage in the washing machine. They are also known as wash bags. An example of such a product here. Protects ...
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Are laundry detergent and fabric softener fumes dangerous to human health?

One of my neighbors raised the topic of toxins in the dryer effluence from our buildings' laundry rooms. That's not particularly surprising, but she claimed there was evidence that the trace toxins ...
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Do the water filters in Pure & Clear filters work?

Dr Mercola advertises Pure & Clear Filters: Pure & Clear filters use a “selective filtration” process rather than a mechanical one for a couple of very important reasons. This advanced ...
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Are flat cables tangle-free?

Well, probably everybody knows and hates this. Detangling the headset cable when putting it out of your pocket. This headset product claims to prevent the cable from tangling up by the "flat cable ...
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Were enough guns to arm the Marine Corps sold during this year's Black Friday?

According to this article by The Tribunist (which in turn quotes USA Today), emphasis added In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 [background check] requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-...
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How well does “insulating paint” insulate (if at all)?

Some manufacturers make big claims for insulating paint. For example, Thermilate is claimed to be capable of: reducing energy-loss through walls and ceilings by up to 25% with just two coats. I'm ...
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Does the 3M mouse pad extend battery life up to 50% or 75%?

The 3M company has a product called 3M™ Precise™ Mouse Pad with Repositionable Adhesive Backing and Battery Saving Design, MP200PS that claims to: Battery saving design extends battery life of ...
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Do watches break very often for some people?

I know of someone who cannot seem to wear watches without them breaking much quicker than expected. This person was told it is because their body is producing too much electricity and that by ...
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Does the “Re-Timer” device help to alleviate “winter blues”?

The Re-Timer website states: Re-Timer is a wearable light therapy device for Winter Blues. Winter Blues is a low-mood experienced primarily during the winter months. Symptoms can include loss ...
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Were 6 million units of the TRS-80 Model 100 portable computers sold?

According to Wikipedia, the TRS-80 Model 100 sold 6 million units. This number seems very high. In fact, our former Dear Leader, Jeff Atwood wrote: wow, they sold six million portable TRS-80s? ...
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Is the “Dr. Visser Seal of Approval” an accurate quality mark for good children's shoes?

The Dutch store Scapino sells a line of shoes that have received the "Dr. Visser Seal of Approval". The claim on their website† states (translated from the original Dutch): Scapino has used ...
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Can a “brain-sensing headband” be used to train to be less stressed?

Interaxon claim that their "brain-sensing headband", Muse, together with an iOS or Android app, can provide a user with some feedback that can be used to train the brain to become more calm and less ...
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Are the chemical compounds BPA, BPS and BPF harmful to humans?

According to the following article by Time, and the study that it cites, several compounds of the chemical bisphenol - used in commonly-handled products like shopping receipts and plastic containers ...
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Does Charles Shaw wine contain animal blood & feces?

A post by Chris Knox on Quora was quoted on Gothamist, talking about Charles Shaw wine (aka "Two Buck Chuck"), says: "And it not only grabs ripe grapes, but unripe and down right rotten ones as ...
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Are bleaching powders effective cleaning agents?

The claim from the manufacturer: Have you seen a stain on your clothes that you can't seem to remove? Don't fear! Vanish Oxi Action Powder contains Oxi Powerlift which removes all types of stains, ...
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Was a working prototype of the Warburtons toastie knife ever produced?

The Life Hack Stack Exchange has an answer talking about a prototype "toastie knife" from Warbutons Bakery. It was claimed that the prototype knife would heat up to allow butter to be spread more ...
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Does a carbon fiber seat help karting performance and protect ribs?

I found a karting seat that is made from carbon-fiber here: http://www.ribtect.com/RibtectSeat_Original.html On that page, it claims: To Improve Performance: The Ribtect seat helps the chassis ...