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What is Consumerist?

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Well, it’s probably because we are a free website that doesn’t accept outside advertising and we also don’t allow our technology partners to sell your personal information or use it for commercial purposes. That type of stuff is what pays for your fancy what-have-yous on the internet. If you want to help us improve the site, please donate. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to producing and improving Consumerist.

Why don’t you just use a “free” commenting system of my choosing?

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