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Beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Be an Educated Consumer All Year Long


The Haughty Sisters Shopping, Digital ID 1258901, New York Public LibraryBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have entered our lexicon as the first days of the traditional holiday shopping season, marked by door-busters and free shipping for online purchases. The deals come fast and furious, almost keeping pace with our ever-expanding shopping lists...

Why not give yourself a gift you can enjoy when reviewing your bank and credit card statements in January? The gift of consumer-savvy! The library can help.

Ratings and Reports

  • Consumer Reports is known for their fair, unbiased ratings and testing of a wide range of consumer products.
  • The Consumerist is a frequently updated blog that provides daily deals as well as warning alarms about the latest bad deals or scams. It also encourages readers to submit their stories of scams, ripoffs, or how they did or didn't get help from customer service after having a problem with a product.
  • Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports and parent company of The Consumerist, 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."


Interior of a Modern Departnent Store in Tokyo., Digital ID 1253769, New York Public Library

Product Comparisons and Reviews

The consumer., Digital ID 1570209, New York Public LibraryConsumer Data

  • The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) provides information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics.
  • Follow this list on Twitter for the latest in consumer updates.

If the retail fervor and nonstop Christmas music in every store has you down, see the list below for alternative ways to spend the season of shopping. And if you need a gift for that person that is impossible to buy for, we think NYPL has just the thing.

Shopping, Spending and Consumer Culture Book List

Do you have a go-to place for reliable reviews? What is your big purchase going to be this month? Let us know in the comments. Happy spending!


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Great resource list!

Thanks for a really useful resource guide, Lauren. I really like your Shopping, Spending and Consumer Culture reading list in the catalog, too.

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