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Is there a term that refers to both advantages and disadvantages? I'm trying to find a succinct name for a section of a report that summarises advantages and disadvantages of a particular product.

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"factors" or "factors for consideration"? –  prash Jan 17 '13 at 12:46

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You might consider consequences or effects or even results.

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Consequences is a good shout, thanks. –  Adam George Jan 17 '13 at 12:43

"Relative merits". Merits means the advantages, but the phrase "relative merits" is common and suggests a weighing up that would include disadvantages.

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Wouldn't that imply a section comparing, say, the relative merits of two products rather than the good and bad points or a single product? –  Adam George Jan 17 '13 at 12:36
    
Yes, for me too, relative merits means comparing two products, not comparing how good or bad a merit is. –  Mr Lister Jan 17 '13 at 13:07
    
You're either comparing 2 or more products, or comparing it with the possibility of just not buying it and keeping the money, or comparing 2 or more products and the possibility of forgoing them all. –  Jon Hanna Jan 17 '13 at 13:34

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