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Livingston Public Library Reference Resources

Consumer Information

General Consumer Information

Automotive Information
Shopping Search Engines
  • Bottomdollar.com  These are general purpose shopping search engines. You can find apparel, books,
    home and garden, music, health and beauty, PC's, gifts and more.
  • Bookfinder This site is especially good for a rare class of book.
  • BidFind These robots scour online auctions, if you are seeking collectibles or used goods.
  • CNet Shopper According to PC World, the merchants are reputable from these search engine since it controls which merchants appear in its database, but it may return fewer matches.
Charity and Nonprofit Information
  • GuideStar.Org allows you to contact people with nonprofit information.
  • NJ Charitable Registration Directory lists all charities registered in New Jersey.
  • Give.Org (BBB Wise Giving Alliance) "The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (the Alliance) helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public."
Credit Reports
  • Fair Credit Report  (from the web site of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs) "As a result of
    a recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Practices Act, consumers nationwide are now able to obtain free copies of their credit histories from the three national credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), once every 12 months, by making a single request."
Home Improvement on the Web
  • About.com:  "Home Repair" provides users with information on design/living, gardening, different aspects of home repair including electrical, heating/cooling and plumbing; real estate, and much more.
  • Family Handyman, the magazine, offers fix-it articles, project suggestions, helpful hints, and and so on.
  • HGTV.Com (Online) offers ideas on home improvement including decorating, kitchen design, gardening, remodeling and even house hunting tips.
  • Home Maintenance and Repair offers full text articles on topics of home maintenance and repair.
  • PM (Popular Mechanics) is the web version of Popular Mechanics.
Ratings, Reviews, and Comparison
  • ABTolls offers free long distance phone plan advice, compares calling cards long distance rates and more.
  • J.D. Power and Associates includes company ratings in areas of automotive, building, finance, health care, telecommunications and travel.
  • Moving.Com You can find everything on this site about moving and relocation.
Scams & Frauds
  • Consumer Alerts!, from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission is a government web site. CPSC works to save lives and keep families safe by reducing the risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.consumer product safety.
  • FirstGovForConsumers has "a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is
    designed so that you can locate information by category -- such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation. Each category has subcategories to direct you to areas within individual federal web sites containing related information."
  • National Fraud Information Center gives advice on how to report fraud, and more.
Complaints & Remedies
Other Consumer Information
  • Consumer Action Website (from Federal Citizen Information Center) offers advice and consumer tips
    on: buying a car or home or preventing identity theft. It provides a resource directory so that you can contact your local consumer office or BBB.
  • "Do Not Call" Information from New Jersey Division of Consummer Afairs.
  • Dr. Toy's Guide all you want to know about toys is included.
  • EPA: Where You Live (from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Find out if your property is near a hazardous site by typing in your zip code.
  • Energy Savers , from U.S. Department of Energy, is a guide to easy, practical solutions for saving energy throughout your home, from the insulation that surrounds it to the appliances and lights inside.
  • NJEnergyChoice.Com has good news for New Jersey energy consumers. By August 1, 1999, you will
    save at least 5% on your gas bill and then receive minimum additional 10% reduction over the next 36 months.
  • Diet Riot.Com The Fast Food and Restaurant Knowledge section contains nutritional counts, ingredient lists,  menus, and website links to the most popular restaurants.
  • Realtor.com offers 1.2 million property listings nationwide.
  • Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), from United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • WirelessAdvisor.Com Advises on cellular, digital PCS and wireless phone companies for each area of the U.S.          

    October, 2009




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