to safe online shopping:
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce consumers spent
$26 billion last year online.
you research before shopping:
Online Safely "The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent,
deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide
information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint
or to get free information on consumer issues ,
visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP
(1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing,
identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer
Sentinel , a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and
criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad."
Help Safeguard Your Personal Information Online
"Be "cyber" smart and
make your online experience safe."
by the American Bar Association to help consumers order safely online.
Consumers League, the nation's oldest consumer organization,
identifies, protects, represents, and advances the economic
and social interests of consumers and workers. A private, nonprofit advocacy
group, NCL provides
government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer's perspective
on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.
ConsumerMan -- With a 25-year track record of helping people across
the country, Herb Weisbaum is America's Consumer Expert. His award-winning
reports have exposed everything from quack medications to bogus investments.
Product Reviews -- Our experiences with
the products we use ourselves.
for recalls regularly:
Government Recalls -- Any product in the US that has been recalled
is listed here. Check it often!
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls
and Product Safety News
Have you been burnt? (you don't have to take it anymore!)
Trade Commission - File a Complaint
products that come highly recommended from consumer experts:
Computer & Video
Worst Toys" toys with the potential to cause injuries, or even death.
For a list of safe, educational and popular childrens products, click here.
safe, stimulating non violent children's toys
Top Ten Books of 2003 -- Sponsored by The Young Adult Library Services
Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
on Multicultural Diversity
Magic of Feng Shui!
The below businesses have an excellent long term reputation for providing
safe consumer shopping. Many of these businesses were established long before
their Internet. They are names that can be trusted online and have liberal
return policies in most instances.