Books & Beyond
Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau of Oregon and Southwestern Washington
Check on a business or charity, or register a complaint online. This web site also has links to Better Business Bureaus across the country, and offers BBB publications and alerts.

Blue Books
Price guides for automobiles, boats, motorcycles, and RVs.

Consumer Information Center (Pueblo, CO)
Free and low-cost federal publications, like the handy Consumer’s Resource Handbook, can be ordered here or viewed online. In addition, the site is a gateway to broad categories of consumer information like "Cars," "Education," "Housing," "Money," and "Travel." 

Consumer Price Index
Bureau of Labor Statistics' CPI and other labor data.

Consumer World
Comprehensive gateway to consumer & shopping information, selected by a Massachusetts attorney/consumer advocate. Offers current consumer news. Has links to consumer organizations, government agencies, business customer service departments, product evaluation sites, discount stores, and sites that offer price comparisons.

Fuel Economy Guide
Produced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, this guide seeks to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs.  To obtain a print copy of the 2007 model year guide, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Print the 2007 Fuel Economy Guide."  Note that guides are available for model years from 2000-2007.

Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services
Information from the state agency that licenses and regulates insurance companies, banks, real estate appraisers, and building contractors. It issues the building codes for Oregon, and it also administers the workers’ compensation program.

US Consumer Gateway
An exhaustive set of links to federal government consumer information and news. The site is organized into categories–Food, Health, Product Safety, Money, Transportation, Home and Community, Careers and Education, Technology, etc., but can also be searched using keywords.

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Last modified on Friday, October 23, 2009