Consumer Issues

Library E-Resources

Features unbiased ratings & recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars,  electronics & computers, home & garden, food, health, personal finance, travel, and more. 

Remote access from home is limited to Maynard residents only. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 978-897-1010 x103.

Magazine Subscriptions

Magazines are located on the second floor of the library, next to the elevator.
Magazines can be checked out for 2 weeks, with the exception of the most recently received issue which is non-circulating.

Boston Consumer's Checkbook (Monthly)
Consumer Reports (Monthly)
HGTV Magazine (Monthly)
Kiplinger's Personal Finance (Monthly)
Martha Stewart Living (Monthly)
Money (Monthly)

Car and Truck Guides

Pricing for New & Used Cars:
Buying and Selling New & Used Cars:
Vehicle History Reports

Fuel Economy/Emission

General Consumer Websites

Angie's List
Provides candid reviews of contractors.  Supported by membership fees, businesses are rated only when a member submits a report.

Broken down by category, this sites provides price comparisons, product reviews, and deals.

Better Business Bureau
Look up a business or charity, find BBB approved organizations, file a complaint with an organization, get information on any scams, and even chat with live representatives to get details on issues affecting consumers. 

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Find out about product recalls and related information.  Search by product or company.

Consumer Search
Evaluates a wide variety of products and includes helpful buyers guides. Includes multiple sources of reviews and evaluates the quality of the reviews.

Ratings and reviews are collected from consumers for everything from shoes to refrigerators.

Find the Best
Collects expert reviews and compiles them into a ranked list of best products. Differs from similar sites in having a very wide scope, including Education, Travel, Business, and Health, etc., not just the usual store-bought consumer products.

National Fraud Information Center
This non-profit organization seeks to help victims of telemarketing and internet fraud file a complaint with law enforcement agencies.

Experts perform extensive research on home items, picking the best buys at reasonable price points.

Travel and Food

Trip Advisor
Focuses on hotels, bed & breakfasts, flights, restaurants, and other vacation-related services.
Provides many consumer reviews with competitive prices for booking hotels.

Useful when looking for location-specific services and stores such as a top-rated Thai restaurant in Maynard or the best toy store in Waltham.

Urban Spoon
Focuses exclusively on restaurants in a specific metropolitan area.

City Search
Looking for entertainment, dining, or an idea for something to do? City Search combines user comments with editorial insights.