Better Business Bureau
The national web site for the BBB allows consumers to check out a company, file a complaint, learn about dispute resolution services and view consumer tips.
Consumer Action Handbook
Have a consumer question or problem? All of the information available in the Consumer Action Handbook is available right here online.
e-newsletter from the Ohio Attorney General.
This website is full of useful information for consumers and provided by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). For even more helpful resources, visit the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Consumer Price Indexes
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. The CPI affects nearly all Americans because of the many ways it is used--as an economic indicator and a means of adjusting dollar values.
Your everyday guide to help you prevent identity theft, understand credit and be a smart shopper. As of July 2011, Consumer Action.gov has merged with USA.gov. You'll still find the same great consumer information you always did, but you'll also have more government information and services available to you.
Sums up product reviews from numerous print and online sources, reviews the reviewers as to qualifications and testing criteria, provides short and long reviews, and provides a bibliography of sources consulted.
Consumer World is a public service, non-commercial guide cataloging over 2,000 of the most useful consumer resources.
Offers consumer advice and cost information for hundreds of topics, from windshield replacement to wedding cakes.
Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service
Find out how to remove your name from mailing lists and email lists at this site.
Find Help in Tough Times
Looking for help during these tough economic times? The State Library of Ohio understands that this is a challenging time for all residents of our great state. This one-stop Find Help in Tough Times center provides help in finding important information and resources.
Tired of never reaching a human being--come here. For each company in this web site's database, it lists the "best" phone number to connect with a live person, or a place to leave a message, and even indicates what recent "wait times" have been.
Household Products Database
Learn about ingredients, health effects, and safe handling of common household products.
Long-Term Care Consumer Guide
View family and resident surveys for nursing homes and residential care facilities in Ohio courtesy of the Ohio Department of Aging.
National Consumer Protection Week
Formerly the U.S. Consumer Gateway, this is your resource for consumer information from the federal government.
National Do Not Call Registry
Register online to place your telephone or cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. There is also a place to file complaints.
National Pesticide Information Center
NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use.
Ohio Attorney General: Services for Consumers
Links to consumer protection tips and services at the Ohio Attorney General's office. Discover the latest scams, watch public service announcements, or file a complaint.
Ohio Consumers' Counsel
The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) is the residential utility consumer advocate. The state agency also educates consumers about electric, natural gas, telephone and water issues and resolves complaints from individuals.
Ohio Here to Help
Ohio Here to Help was designed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to help Ohio's unemployed workers learn more about the many programs and resources available to them, from both the government and the private sector.
Ohio Statewide Legal Services
Intended for income-disadvantaged Ohioans. Gives access to an online Public Law Library of pamphlets, court forms, and other materials about the law, low income programs and services. Also provides an online legal directory of organizations providing free or low-cost legal services or referrals in your county.
Owners Manuals and Product Manuals from ManageMyLife.com
Search by brand, product, or model number to find manuals. There is also much more to this site. "Manage My Life is the easy way to get everything done. We've got 5 simple ways to help do the things that matter to you: track to-dos; keep tabs on your stuff; ask experts questions; plan projects; and check out smart ideas."
Formerly the Federal Consumer Information Center (Pueblo.GSA.gov), this site offers free online consumer information, hundreds of consumer publications, and links to other consumer resources.
SaferProducts.gov is the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database (Database) website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Smart Money Choices
Sponsored by Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce, Smart Money Choices is an educational series that consists of financial education programs, workshops, and conferences designed specifically for various Ohio communities. Participants can choose workshops on a variety of topics including: Budgeting, Credit and Debt Management, Elder Care, Entrepreneurship, Estate Planning, Home Ownership, Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention, Insurance, Investments, Advanced Investments, Kids and Money, Stress to Success, Retirement Planning and Social Security.
Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide: "How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe and tasty? What's the best way to store it? Get answers for thousands of items!"
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. Here you will find: In The News (news stories about USDA consumer issues related to food safety), Spotlights (current food safety guides), Browse by Audience (Consumer and Educators leads to fact sheets, food recall information, and an option to query a food safety specialist), Browse by Subject, and Search.