Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Consumer Stuff

Consumer Reports is online: but use it in the library. The subscription online is a bad deal. Also try, reviews at, and Judy's

Computer equipment:,

Other stuff:

Digital Cameras:
Camera, accessory and printer reviews, buyer's guide, links to manufacturers

Find an auto mechanic:

Home repairs - Homeowners club:
$45 a year; they will arrange for listed contractors to call you; contractor bids through the club and you accept through the club and pay through the club. Club deals with problems for you. Also Angie's List:

Checkbook magazine, published by the Center for the Study of Services:

Cosmetics - Make Up Alley:, Paula's Choice:, Cosmedics Cop:

Environmentally sound products and services -

Rate energy efficiency of household appliances, cars, lighting fixtures and other products - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy:

Restaurants - bad! Dead to Us:
Good,, and

Vacations, hotels -

Problems? Consult the Attorney General's office (Washington State):, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce:

Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren't things to think about any more. All that matters is value - the ultimate value of what one does. - James Hilton

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