Consumer Information

Research Databases

Subject Consumer Information

  • Consumers' Checkbook

    Twin Cities Consumers’ Checkbook provides information and reviews on the quality and prices of local services such as auto repair, health care, home care, pet services and personal finance. By creating an account, users can add their own reviews of local firms. Subscription purchased by Ramsey County Library.

Selected Websites

Consumer Protection

Cost of Living

General Sites

  • Consumer Action

    Consumer information (including the current Consumer Action Handbook) from the Federal Citizen Information Center.

  • Consumer Information Center

    Source for government publications.

  • ConsumerSearch

    Consumer information with links to the magazines in which the original articles appeared.

  • Consumerworld

    Searchable catalog of useful consumer resources.


    New & used vehicle values.

  • Recalls

    Information on recalls of unsafe, hazardous or defective products -- consumer items used in and around the home, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics, and chemicals.

  • Sperling's Best Places

    Find your best place to live. Survey helps you determine your criteria, then gives a list of U.S. cities that meet them. Includes climate and crime statistics.

Price Comparisons

  • 10-10

    Compares long-distance phone rates.

  • A Bell Tolls

    Long distance rate comparisons.


    Comparison shop for credit/debit cards.

  • Consumer Guide

    Includes Best Buys

  • Fueleconomy

    Compare the fuel efficiency of different makes, models, and years of cars. Check the price of gasoline in your area. Site also offers mileage tips.

  • Nursing Home Compare

    Compares nursing homes in your location according to your selected criteria. Offers explanations of why certain items are important when choosing a nursing home.


    Cell phone, plan, and accessories comparisons for individuals and business.

  • Remodeling Online

    This site provides all types of remodeling help from the planning stages through construction. Lets you plan your remodel online under the Find-a-Pro section.

  • Scout Report Best Sites

    Guide to best internet sites.

Price Guides

  • Autotropolis

    Interactive tools for consumers researching the purchase of a new or used vehicle.


    Help for everything relating to buying and selling an automobile.

  • CostHelper

    Typical costs for over 600 items and/or services and background information on what should be included in the cost for each.

  • Google Product Search

    A Google search engine designed to locate things for sale online.

  • Kelley Blue Books

    Car values and more.

  • NADA

    Used vehicle values.

Product Information - Sources

  • Appliance411

    Purchase and service information on home appliances.

  • Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

    Information to guide consumers through selection, use and care, service and repair of household appliances.

  • HousingLink

    This organization distributes low-income housing information for Twin Cities metro-region. Directory of housing searchable by location, housing type, available subsidies and accessibility.

  • HVAC for Beginners

    Brand ratings of furnaces, air conditioning units, boilers, water heaters and related devices, compiled by former contractors, now turned HVAC consultants.

  • - Resources and References

    Provides addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of state and national agencies designated to help consumers rent and purchase homes. Includes financial help and civil rights organizations.

  • RERC - Hearing Enhancement Research

    For people considering a hearing aid, this site offers suggestions for everything from "Do I need a hearing aid" to what to expect from a hearing aid dispenser.  This site does not rate hearing aids; but it does give a consumer checklist.

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