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Consumer Reports: When cheaping out really pays

A higher price doesn't necessarily guarantee higher quality, according to ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. Sometimes a lower-priced model is actually better.

ShopSmart offers six examples of when it pays to pay less instead of paying up:

Auto Batteries

You could spend: $150 or more

You should spend: $80 to $90

Here's why: ShopSmart's battery life tests include partially draining, then recharging, each battery almost 3,000 times over a 15-week period. Testers also measure how long a battery can supply power if you leave on your headlights. And they mimic frosty morning starts by testing the...