Consumer protection, product reviews.
- Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook
IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY Ratingsw of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet cleaners and more. Nonprofit, no advertising.
Flipster contains CONSUMER REPORTS full text.
Comprehensive databases for finding articles on all topics; with the full text of more than 1,700 periodicals. Choose a specific subject collection in which to search or search all. Collections include business, children and teens, ethnic, health, home cooking and gardening, environment, science, sports, politics and more. Includes Consumer Reports magazine.
Consumer Report is available on Zinio (limited back issues only)
Reviews and news on consumer electronics.
- Consumer Action Handbook 2013
from US government
- Consumer Search
Complete analysis of important product trends and developments
- Get Human
Get phone numbers, customer service shortcuts, reviews & tips for companies worldwide
- Retrevo Electronics
Retrevo helps electronics shoppers decide what to buy, when to buy, and where to buy it.
Information about protecting yourself from online fraud.
Most branches carry the print versions of Consumer Reports, Kelley Blue Book, Edmund's new & used car and truck guides, Bay Area Consumers CheckBook and other resources for product and service comparisons. Some of this information can also be obtained on the Internet.
General Questions and Complaints
Kill-A-Watt is a small electronic device which plugs into a power outlet. You then connect an appliance to it and get a reading of how much electricity that appliance is using, as well as the cost.
- California Department of Consumer Affairs
Find out what department or agency to contact for consumer information or filing a complaint.
- Consumer Action
Consumer Action advances your rights, refers consumers to complaint-handling agencies, publishes educational materials in multiple languages, advocates for consumers and compares prices on credit cards, bank accounts and long distance services.