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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide
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Our most trusted resources in product ratings & consumer information.

Recommended Websites

  • Consumer Reports
    Product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more. Print copies of Consumer Reports magazine are also available for the past year.
  • Chasing Green
    A consumer resource that covers a wide range of topics on how ordinary people can help the environment and promote a green lifestyle.
  • Consumer World
    Get ratings on products and services.
  • Edmunds Car Buying Guide
    Get ratings and prices on used and new cars. This site also offers advice on buying, selling and leasing a car.
  • Free Credit Reports
    A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.
  • Kelley Blue Book
    Get the Blue Book values for used cars and motorcycles, preview brand new models coming soon, and get pricing reports for new cars.
  • Looks Too Good To Be True
    Don't fall victim to the Internet scam artists. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Funding for this site has been provided by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • The Sweethome
    Reliable reviews of items for your home, extensively tested with a focus on the best product at the best price.
  • The Wirecutter
    A wonderful source of information about technology gadgets, tested and reviewed by experts.
  • Furnace Compare
    General information on topics like choosing an air conditioner, dealing with contractors and maintenance. Also includes the largest collection of owner reviews for central air conditioners.

Government Information

  • Connecticut Better Business Bureau
    Statewide membership organization which provides reports on business firms and charity groups as well as assisting in resolving consumer complaints. Check out a business or file a complaint here.
  • Department of Consumer Protection (CT)
    Connecticut's official site for consumer issues.
  • Federal 'Do Not Call' Registry
    The national list of phone numbers (home and cell) that telemarketers are not allowed to call.
  • U.S. Consumer Gateway
    The federal government's site on consumer issues. Information can be located by category such as food, health, product safety, and your money.
  • Federal Citizen Information Center
    A trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. Download free publications including Consumer Action Handbook and Consumer Information Catalog.
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    The best resource for tools and information on how to avoid Ponzi schemes and other types of consumer fraud.

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