Consumer Information

Are you looking for reputable and reliable reviews of consumer products and local services? Read about the latest news, reviews, and recalls with the following array of local and national resources available at your local Alexandria Library and on the web.

Consumer Sourcebook    101+ Complaint Letters That Get Results    Scam-Proof Your Life    The Money Saving Mom's Budget    Cheaper: Insiders' Tips for Saving on Everything

Shop Smart, Save More    Good Deals & Smart Steals    Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00    Lemons and Lavender: the Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping    Penny Pincher's Almanac

Catalog Topics

Consumer Protection
Consumer Complaints
Consumer Education


Business Source Complete
EBSCO's Business Source Complete provides a collection of bibliographic and full text content containing comprehensive coverage for scholarly business journals as far back as 1886.

Gale General OneFile

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images.

Gale Health & Wellness Resource Center
Provides access to carefully compiled medical reference materials including nearly 400 health/medical journals, pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos, and articles from 2,200 general interest publications.




Washington Consumer CheckbookConsumer Reports








Print Magazines  

Consumer Reports
Available at Beatley, Barrett, Burke and Duncan 

     Available at Beatley

N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide
Available at Barrett and Beatley    

     Washington Consumers' Checkbook
     Available at Beatley

N.A.D.A. Official Older Used Car Guide
Available at Barrett, Beatley, Burke and Duncan


Online Magazines

Consumer Health Digest in General OneFile from 07/01/2011 to present
Consumer Health News in General OneFile from 02/01/2009 to present
Consumer Health News (Spanish) in General OneFile from 03/01/2009 to present
Consumer Reports Money Adviser in Business Source Complete from 03/01/2006 to present
Consumer Reports On Health in General OneFile from 10/01/2006 to 6/30/2009
Journal of Research for Consumers in Business Source Complete from 01/01/2007 to present


City of Alexandria’s Consumer Affairs
Provides information and links to local agencies.

Better Business Bureau of DC & Eastern PA
As the local BBB site for consumers and businesses, consumers can file a complaint or search its database of company reports; businesses can learn about accreditation standards.

Virginia Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection
Virginia’s central clearinghouse for the receipt, evaluation, investigation, and referral of consumer complaints; site includes a Consumer Complaints Database.’s Consumer Protection
As the U.S. government's official web portal,’s site for Consumer Protection include information on how consumers can prevent identity theft, understand credit and be a smarter shopper. The 2012 Consumer Action Handbook is free to view at this site.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products. Find CPSC guides and publications, information on recalls and product safety news, regulations and standards, and other resources.

FTC Bureau of Consumer Proteciton
Get full-text consumer publications, newsletters, and videos on topics ranging from automobiles, credit, and health at this site. Use the consumer complaints form to submit a complaint about a particular company or organization.

Read the latest news and reviews on tech products, watch free how-to videos on technology, listen to podcasts, download free software and more.

Angie’s List
Find detailed reviews on local businesses in more than 150 categories, such as roofers, plumbers, and dentists, at this fee-based, consumer-driven site that collects and distributes customer satisfaction reports.

A clearinghouse of both professional and consumer product reviews for electronics, appliances, and services.

Read user reviews on a wide range of products

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