Sunday, April 07, 2013

Consumers Matter

Cart Full of Resources
Shopping smarter and getting the best bang for the buck are always on the top of any consumer's agenda. We offer a quick list of resources which may help support your goals.

Consumer Reports : Use your East Hampton Public Library card to access product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more. Print copies of Consumer Reports magazine are also available for three years; issues circulate for 14 days.

Car Buying Guides : If you are in the market for a new or used car, compare and contrast Kelley Blue Book -- Edmunds Car Buying Guide -- N.A.D.A. Guides (National Automobile Dealers Association).

Connecticut's research Engine
Information about a variety of consumer-oriented topics, free with any CT library card, including yours.

"Everything Consumer" : Find a wide range of ratings on consumer products and services via Consumer World.

Going Green? : Try Chasing Green, run with a goal to share topical news about green lifestyle choices.

Free Credit Reports : The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

More Consumer Guidance : State, Federal, and Then Some
Department of Consumer Protection (CT) or Smart Consumer (CT)
Better Business Bureau (CT)
U.S. Consumer Gateway or the Federal Trade Commission
Federal "Do Not Call" Registry
Looks Too Good To Be True
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Safe Shopping (American Bar Association)
Federal Recalls
Charity Navigator