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  • Unbiased information about appliances. Appliance411 also contains a comprehensive "Repair Parts" section that allows you to check parts availability and purchase option online.

  • Provides information on over 100 financial products including mortgages, credit cards, automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.

  • Provides store ratings from customers, price and quality comparisons, and special offers.

  • Independent federal regulatory agency dealing with product safety and recalls, public education and research. Find reports on everything from lead paint and toys to microwave ovens and in-line skates.

  • Lists quality product information and reviews.

  • Seeks to investigate, inform, and improve the quality of information published on the World Wide Web.

  • A portal to numerous useful consumer resources.

  • Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization which provides unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.

  • A shopping search engine which enables consumers to compare products, prices, and merchants and access consumer reviews and ratings to make buying decisions.

  • On February 17, 2009, federal law requires that all full-power television broadcast stations stop broadcasting in analog format and broadcast only in digital format. Heres what these requirements will mean for you and your television viewing.

  • Provides consumer electronics information through product reviews, buying advice, and price comparisons of home and car electronics.

  • Provides true market value prices, reviews, and ratings for new and used cars.

  • A platform for people to share their experiences after using products and services. This Website features over 1 million reviews and comments.

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides information for consumers about vaccines, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, recalls, buying medicines online, buying outside the U.S., and a variety of other topics.

  • Consumer advice and authoritative guides from the federal government on cars, housing, money, travel, and more.

  • A veritable encyclopedia of consumer information on subjects such as privacy, identity theft, e-commerce, automobiles, telemarketing, and travel.

  • Links to a broad range of federal information resources available online, which can be searched by category.

  • Provides information about funeral choices, consumer alerts, a FCA law library, how to file a funeral or cemetery complaint, and etc.

  • Consumers' Directory of Certified Efficiency Ratings for heating and water heating equipment. View certified efficiency ratings for residential heating equipment, residential water heating equipment and commerical water heating appliances.

  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center, provides a convenient reporting mechanism that alerts authorities to suspected fraud committed over the Internet.

  • Offers new and used car pricing as well as decision guides, side-by-side comparisons, car reviews and other tools, tips and advice.

  • Helps consumers locate the best price for the exact amount of service they need. Rate calculators are available for services such as wireless, long distance, travel, satellite television, and credit cards.

  • Offers product and pricing information.

  • Provides pricing information for new and used vehicles. Includes details on standard features and specifications.

  • The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group that provides information about issues such as child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication.

  • Source for Internet and telemarketing fraud information. Provides a Fraud Hotline and an Online Complaint Form.

  • NYC agency for consumer and business assistance, consumer protection, complaint filing, business license applications and informative publications.

  • Consumer protection and education on lemon laws, credit reporting and ticket brokers, as well as information on scams involving home improvement, construction, telemarketing, mail, and senior citizens in New York State.

  • Provides information for New York State consumers about arranging a funeral, Medicaid issues, casket purchasing, embalming issues, and other topics related to death and grief.

  • Find reports on products and prices for goods such as books, computers, digital photography, electronics, prescription drugs, home & garden, movies, music, office equipment, sporting goods, video games, and watches.

  • This site, created by the American Bar Association, provides tips for safely shopping online.