Consumer Issues

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Consumer Reports Online

Features unbiased ratings & recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics & computers, home & garden, food, health, personal finance, travel, and more. 

Remote access from home is limited to Maynard residents only. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 978-897-1010 x103.

Boston Consumers' Checkbook 

Boston Consumers' Checkbook gives you independent, non-profit, no-advertising ratings you can trust of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet cleaners, and much more!

It also includes in-depth articles with advice from Boston Consumers' Checkbook's award-winning magazine.

Remote access from home is limited to Maynard residents only. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 978-897-1010 x103.

Magazines

 

Note: Magazines can be checked out for 2 weeks with the exception of the most recently received issue, which is non-circulating.

 

Boston Consumers' Checkbook

Consumer Reports

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Retirement Report

HGTV Magazine

Martha Stewart Living

Money

 

 

 

Car and Truck Guides

 

Pricing for New & Used Cars

 

Buying and Selling New & Used Cars

 

Vehicle Hisory Reports

 

Fuel Economy/Emission

 

 

 

General Consumer Websites

 

Consumer Reports Five Year Index

Trying to find when Consumer Reports magazine last reported on a product/service? Access this handy 5-year index to the magazine.

Consumer Search

Evaluates a wide variety of products and includes helpful buyers guides. Includes multiple sources of reviews and evaluates the quality of the reviews.

 

Epinions

Ratings and reviews are collected from consumers for everything from shoes to refrigerators.

 

Become.com

Broken down by category, this site provides price comparisons, product reviews, and deals.

 

Find the Best

Collects expert reviews and compiles them into ranked lists of best products. Differs from similar sites in having a very wide scope, including education, travel, business, health, etc. and not just the usual store-bought consumer products.

 

Sweet Home

Experts perform extensive research on home items, picking the best buys at reasonable price points.

Get Human

The fastest, best phone numbers, live chat, tips & shortcuts for any company.

 

Angie's List

Requires free membership. Verified reviews and ratings in hundreds of categories help you find the best companies to help you complete your projects.

Better Business Bureau

Look up a business or charity, find BBB approved organizations, file a complaint with an organization, get information on any scams, and even chat with live representatives to get details on issues affecting consumers.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel and Food

 

The Internet has transformed consumer ratings, allowing consumers to speak for themselves. This has perhaps had the greatest effect on consumers rating their hotel, travel, and dining experiences. While valuable, be aware that the first-person reviews on these websites are seldom controlled.

 

Trip Advisor

Focuses on hotels, bed & breakfasts, flights, restaurants, and other vacation-related services.

 

Hotels.com

Provides many consumer reviews with competitive prices for booking hotels.

 

Yelp

Useful when looking for location-specific services and stores such as a top-rated Thai restaurant in Maynard or best toy store in Waltham.

 

Urban Spoon

Focuses exclusively on restaurants in a specific metropolitan area.

 

City Search

Looking for entertainment, dining, or an idea for something to do? This website combines user comments with editorial insights.

 

 

 

Computer and Tech Guides

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