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10-10 PhoneRates
Comparisons of phone company rates and plans. Links to no-charge international phone books.

Reviews for products and services with a business focus, from phone systems to benefits packages.

Consumer Reviews
Consumer-generated and selective product reviews for electronics, sport equpment, and photography.

Listings of top-rated products, and rankings and descriptions of reviews and reviewers.

The best directory of consumer-oriented links on the Web.

Provides reviews about consumer electronics, highlighting senior-friendly features.
Personal opinions of products with ratings.

PC World
Offers product reviews and pricing, freeware and shareware downloads, interactive tools, and free e-newsletter.

Termed a 'reverse auction' site, it allows the consumer to browse and specify for both price and a wide range of products and services.

Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide
Articles on the how-to of purchasing a variety of consumer products, with additional guidance on retirement, healthcare providers, stress reduction, and fraud issues.

American Institute of Philanthropy
Non-profit institute rates their choices for the top 150 or so charities.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Promotes informed giving by providing about charitable organizations that solicit funds nationally from the general public. Washington
Search for apartments from newspaper classifieds, apartment complexes and private landlords.

Fannie Mae
Government sponsored enterprise (GSE) that cooperates with lenders to increase the level of funds available for home purchase. Info on Fannie Mae mortgage products, including Fannie Mae owned (HomePath) homes. English and Spanish.

Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington State
Compiled by the Northwest Justice Project, a document covering the rights, responsibilities, and appropriate Revised Code of Washington Laws.

Annual Credit Report
Site allows a free credit report once a year from the 3 nationwide reporting companies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Attorney General's Office (WA) Consumer Protection Division
Consumer tips, plus instructions for resolving consumer complaints.

Better Business Bureau
Consumer alerts, resource library, and online complaint forms.

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Press releases include product recalls; back to 1990.

Federal Communications Commission
Find here info on Freedom of Information Act requests; the national Do-Not-Call registry; filing complaints involving wireless, internet, radio, television, or telephone communications; and a downloadable 26-page guide to FCC's organization, function, and procedures.

National Fraud Information Center
Information about telemarketing and Internet fraud; how to protect yourself.

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory
Tips for safe international travel, including entry requirements, health information, and current warnings.

Washington State Accommodations
Search for a hotel or campground at this site provided by the Washington State Tourism Division.

 Database Links

Consumer Health Complete
Covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports
Full access to Consumer Reports magazine website with professional and user ratings—includes links to Consumer Reports Network.

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