Have any of youu had any experience with Angie's List? My wife signed up awhile ago and I checked out our company as well as some others. Shortly there after I recieved an e-mail asking for negative feedback about one of the companies I inquired about. They didn't just ask about my experience with company X. They asked questions about problems I may have had with them. It really bothered me that they were fishing for the negative. I sent them an e-mail about it and recieved a "we'll look into it, we've never had any complaints" reply.
When I looked at the "report" on the company I work for they had two negative responses from people we never did any work for. One said the sales man was late for the appointment and didn't like the car he was driving! From this they determined we should get a negative rating from this person. No work was done, nothing. It obviously is not good to be late, but the guy called and told her he would be late!
I asked my boss about them and he said they had tried to get him to advertise in their magazine or whatever they call it. He had declined because he didn't feel it was a good value (they require discount coupons to accompany the ads) and because he felt they couldn't be objective because they accepted advertising.
Looks to me like he was right. We cancelled our subscription. Not exactly Consumer Reports.