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Amazing-Bargains.com  is updated daily to include the codes online retailers distribute to customers for savings on future purchases. 
Bizrate.com allows you to do comparison shopping with store ratings from customers, price & quality comparisons, etc.
Consumer Reports  provides online access to the current issue of Consumer Reports magazine and four years worth of ratings and recommendations. Subscription is required.  Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, also has a consumer advocacy web site with information and educational materials on a variety of consumer issues.  Full-text articles from Consumer Reports are available in the Infotrac General Reference Gold database (with a 90-day delay from print date).
Consumer World is a public service, non-commercial guide cataloging over 2000 of the most useful consumer resources, including news, product reviews, and bargains. 
ConsumerSearch  is a source of expert product reviews on the Internet with rankings of the reviews according to how well they identify the category's best products. 

Epinions.com  gives the lowdown on products by people who have actually used them.  The site gives the pros and cons on more than 150,000 products and services. 

MySimon.com  is a search engine that ferrets out good deals in a range of categories (clothes, computers and software), books, electronics, etc.). 
 
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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system services include:  business reliability reports, dispute resolution, truth-in- advertising, consumer and business education, and charity reports
Consumer Action Handbook features general advice on steps to take when shopping for goods or services, along with warnings on what to watch out for when shopping for cars , credit and home improvements . The Handbook also includes information on how to solve consumer problems, as well as addresses, telephone numbers, and websites where you can file consumer complaints with consumer organizations , corporations , trade associations , BBBs and government agencies at the city, county, state and Federal level.
FirstGov for Consumers is a one-stop link to a broad range of federal information resources on consumer issues arranged by category.
Internet Fraud Watch was created by the National Fraud Information Center to give consumers advice about promotions in cyberspace and to route reports of suspected online and Internet fraud to the appropriate agencies.
Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs assists the local consumer about frauds, scams, checklist for home improvements, and local telephone numbers for agencies.
New York State Consumer Law Help Manual includes updates on consumer laws in New York State, along with helpful advice on a wide range of consumer issues. The 2005-06 edition includes simplified explanations of New York State and federal consumer laws, practical information to guide consumers, including telephone numbers and web addresses for various private and government services.
Recalls.gov is an online resource for recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, Food and Drug Admistration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

www.FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to government food safety information, including news and safety alerts, consumer advice, etc.

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CarsDirect.com provides information on makes and models, prices, financing, and other information to help you make your car purchase.
Edmunds.com provides complete, clear, timely, accurate and unbiased automotive information that is needed to make informed purchase and ownership decisions.  Edmunds.com has been providing unbiased automotive information to the consumer since 1966. 
Fuel Economy Website is an electronic version of the EPA/DOE Fuel Economy Guide, wih updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1985. It allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons and offers fuel-saving tips, vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information, and safety ratings. There are also links to car buying web sites.

Kelley Blue Book is a comprehensive guide for the car buyer, with information on new car buyers, new car values, used car values, car reviews, car previews, etc.

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BobVila.com : Site for home improvement, with how-to sections, projects, etc.
Domania.com is a database of more than 20 million home sale prices from over half the states in the U.S. See their Home Price Check Help for a list of states and counties covered. You can search property sales by street address, zip code or city/state; and include entire street, part of street, neighborhood and limit by date from 1987 to current year.
Improvenet : Site helps you do home improvement yourself or hire a contractor to do it for you. Project Tools has project calculators to help estimate materials. Includes Advice & Resources area.
MLSLIrealtor.com is the BEST source for Long Island Real Estate information with the largest inventory of homes for sale in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and over 14,000 Real Estate professionals to serve you.
Nassau County Property Reassessment Project : Property assessment information for Nassau County, NY.

Newsday Classifieds includes classifieds for automotives, real estate, legals, etc.

 

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Boodle.com is a site listing free, printable coupons from 350 regional newspapers, arranged by area. Coupons for the Long Island are from Newsday.
 
 
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©2005 Henry Waldinger Memorial Library - Revised 09/29/2008