For this holiday season the decades-old consumer review magazine Consumer Reports has posted free reviews of the season's hot electronic gift ideas: digital cameras, MP3 players, camcorders, cordless phones, inkjet printers, DVD players, and PDA, personal digital assistants, such as Palm Pilots.
To further assist, review links lead directly to approved shopping Web sites.
"We're not sending people to Scuzz Bag Electronics in North Noplace, Neb.," said David Heim, deputy editor of special sections for the magazine.
Here's a selection of sites that have security checks, good records and, as Heim says, "passed muster with us."
Clothes: www.bluefly.com; www.gap.com; www.landsend.com.
Small appliances: www.jandr.com; www.walmart.com.
Books, music, movies: www.amazon.com; www.barnesandnoble.com; www.cdnow.com.
Electronics: www.circuitcity.com; www.jandr.com.
Housewares: www.crateandbarrel.com; www.thecompanystore.com
Toys: www.kbtoys.com; www.toysrus.com.