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Outlet Stores: Where to Shop & How to Save Big Bucks     View
Findings from a 2006 survey of factory (manufacturer's) outlets stores to assess quality of the goods. The survey found that "[s]urprisingly, perhaps, outlet goods are high-quality. But you won't always find rock-bottom prices." It provides ...

A Cooperative Food-Buying Club Primer     View
This article describes tips for establishing a food-buying club. If "you are looking for more vegetarian, whole food options in your community or better prices on healthy foods, a cooperative consumer food-buying club could be your answer. These ...

Identity Theft, 2004     View
This report, based on 2004 data and released in April 2006, "presents data on identity theft victimization and its consequences from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). ... [Topics include] credit card thefts, thefts from existing ac ...

Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy     View
A guide to the environmental and social aspects of common consumer products. Discusses dozens of products, including beverage containers, CDs and DVDs, cell phones, chocolate, cleaning products, gold jewelry, paint and varnishes, and soap. Includes a ...

Latest Sweepstakes Scams Feature Con Artists Impersonating Government Officials     View
This consumer alert describes ways to avoid scams in which "some con artists use the lure of a sweepstakes to convince consumers to send in money to claim a 'prize they've supposedly won. They tell consumers that the only thing that separates th ...

Dial a Human     View
This website features a list of consumer service telephone numbers and prompts to allow you to get to speak to a person. The company lists also are browsable by category, such as automotive, banks, insurance, software, and utilities. Users may contr ...

Consumers International     View
Website for this "global federation of consumer organisations dedicated to the protection and promotion of consumer's rights worldwide through empowering national consumer groups and campaigning at the international level." Features industr ...

Who Called Us     View
Use this service to determine who is calling from the U.S. when the telephone is ringing, you do not recognize the number, and caller ID says "name unavailable." Also includes lists of most frequently listed numbers on the site. Data is ad ...

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)     View
NCPW highlights consumer protection and education efforts around the country. This site provides links to "information from federal, state, and local government agencies, and national consumer advocacy organizations" on the topics of consum ...

Credit Card Repayment Calculator     View
"Based on the information you provide, [this] calculator will give you an estimate of how long it will take you to pay off your credit card balance." Enter your total credit card balance and highest annual percentage rate (APR) to determine ...




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