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Websites for Consumers

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Directories
Automobiles
Bankruptcy
Calculators and Interest Rates
Credit & Credit Bureaus
Insurance
Internet Fraud
Lawyers & Physicians
Investing, Personal Finance
Magazines and Newspapers
Magazine Databases
Product Safety
Real Estate
Sample Forms, Contracts and Letters
Taxes
Travel
Organizations

General

The Better Business Bureau of Southwestern PA has reliability reports on local businesses and many consumer tips.
a choice of over 2000 consumer topics.
FirstGov for Consumers has federal information for your safety and welfare concerning food, health, product safety, children, your money, your home, transportation and the internet.
Federal Trade Commission offers tips on deceptive business practices.
U.S. Post Office provides zip code +4 data by company name/residential street and city and state. One can purchase stamps online.
Free or inexpensive federal publications on topics from cars and money to stolen identity.
Foreign exchange rates back to 1990
Salary relocation calculator.
A to Z legal dictionary and legal FAQ's
The Consumer Price Index: nationwide, selected major areas and regions; nationwide: monthly; Pittsburgh: semi-annual, in January and July.
What is a Dollar Worth? calculates what an item purchased for $1 in any year back to 1913 would cost in year 2001 dollars.
PA Public Interest Research Group has tips on product safety and unfair business practices.

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Directories

information supplied by InfoUSA on over 10 million businesses
More info available on CD-ROM or the Web in the Science and Technology Dept. or the Business Dept.
AT&T AnyWho Info, toll-free directory
Verizon’s SuperPages of yellow page listings
Reverse directory by telephone and address for businesses and people
Indicates the owner of a website often with an address and phone number.

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Automobiles

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides lists prices for new and used vehicles back 10 years by zip code, with much background information on each model
The Kelley Blue Book provides new and used car and motorcycle prices back 20 years by zip code.
The National Automobile Dealers Association quotes car prices back to 1930.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research on traffic and vehicle safety.

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Bankruptcy

The American Bankruptcy Institute offers bankruptcy news and statistics on personal and business filings. Distinctions among the different chapters of bankruptcies are made. Information on filing for bankruptcy is a feature.
offers advice on getting out of debt for families and individuals.

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Calculators and Interest Rates

Bank Rate Monitor compares bank rates for checking, ATMs, overdraft and debit cards within each city. Rates for auto loans, credit cards, money markets and mortgages are compared. Useful tips on savings and borrowing strategies are included.
Quicken offers tips, data and general information on the major interests of investing, mortgage, insurance, taxes, banking and retirement.
USA Today Financial Calculators offer over 100 calculators for determining rates for mortgages, loans, tuition, retirement, credit cards, and saving rates.
American Savings Education Council estimates the projected cost-of-living at retirement.

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Credit & Credit Bureaus

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of W. PA offers advice on household budgeting and repairing your credit.
Equifax provides credit reports over the web.
Experian offers information via consolidators.
TransUnion sells credit reports oline but delivers by regular mail.
National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers advice on debt reduction.
The Public Interest Research Group keeps track of credit card rates and practices.

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Insurance

A.M. Best provides ratings on 1000's of property/casualty and life/health insurance companies.
Ratings on over 1000 property/casualty and life/health insurance companies from Standard & Poor and Fitch
The AARP provides a checklist of helpful hints on getting long-term care insurance.
The Health Insurance Association of America offers guides and directories for health insurance and answers questions concerning long-term health insurance and offers a directory of HIAA members that sell individual and group long-term care policies
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners sells consumer guides to auto, life, health and long-term care insurance each for under $1.00
PA Dept. of Insurance offers information on homeowners and auto insurance, including how to lodge a complaint. Contains a complaint index on insurance carriers and inter-county comparisons of premiums

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Internet Fraud

Federal Trade Commission offers e-consumer tips on buying online
Internet Fraud Complaint Center of the FBI, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center, allows consumers nationwide to report Internet fraud.
American Bar Association advises you on how to shop safely online.

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Investing, Stock Brokers, Financial Planners, Personal Finance

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's column on personal finance by Bill Flanagan.
Pennsylvania Securities Commission advises on investing schemes and fraud. Mails info on brokers and financial planners.
The Financial Planning Association provides a list of certified financial planners by zip code and city. Local chapters are linked.
National Association of Security Dealers regulates stockbrokers and arbitrates in disputes. Background information on individual brokers and brokerage houses is available.
The Securities Exchange Commission provides advice and warnings on investing.
Our favorite Internet source for all kinds of investment/company information.
NASAA, the North American Securities Administrators Association offers advice on avoiding investing schemes and fraudulent practices.

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Lawyers & Physicians

by the West Group
by Martindale-Hubbell
Both of the above have information about lawyers & law firms
AMA directory of physicians practicing in the U.S.A.

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Magazines and Newspapers

Consumer Reports available online to subscribers.
Consumers Digest provides articles on consumer products; free registration.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with free searchable access to previous articles.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review with free archival articles.

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Magazine Databases

After connecting to EbscoHost in AccessPA POWER Library with your library card number from any PC, use Masterfile Premier, Business Source Elite, and Newspaper Source to find full-text consumer articles on all products and services.
After connecting to Infotrac with your library card number from any PC, use the Business & Company Resource Center to inform yourself on brands, companies, insurance and investments.

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Product Safety

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Find product recalls by company, product or category.
Recalls and safety alerts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Real Estate

Pittsburgh real estate transfers back to 1995.
The Housing Authority of Pittsburgh provides a list of Section 8 Housing
HUD offers a checklist for homebuyers; lists HUD & other homes confiscated by the federal government for sale.
This Old House provides detailed advice on remodeling your home.

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Sample Forms, Contracts and Letters

many links to websites and books for forms, contracts and letters; collected by the Business Department librarians.

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Taxes

IRS site for federal forms and publications.
Pa. Dept. of Revenue for state forms.
City of Pittsburgh’s tax forms.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s guide to information for taxpayers

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Travel

Provides driving directions and online maps.
Airline tickets, hotels, cars, vacations.
Check hotel and airline rates.
U.S. State Department has travel warnings and safety announcements.
Yahoo! Travel Index to travel web sites and services on the World Wide Web.

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Organizations

Carnegie Library's links to local organizations (formerly on the Three Rivers Free-Net).
Use the url below for remote access with a library card barcode number.
Use Business and Company Resource Center. Select Advanced Search. Then select Associations in the Content Area.

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