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SMART SHOPPER RESOURCES FOR PRODUCT REVIEWS, RATINGS, PRICE COMPARISONS, MERCHANT PROMOTIONS

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Buyer beware -- compare prices before you buy, learn about manufacturer reliability, get product comparisons, product reviews and ratings, recommendations, get merchant ratings, find reliable e-merchants, get shopping advice, learn about freebies, rebates and amazing sales, maybe even praise a merchant, locate a charity, and learn which non-profit organization is worthy of your support: 


Shopping online with a little more confidence
is also the mission of WebAssured.com where you can search for e-merchants, praise an e-merchant, or file a complaint. 

Your opinion counts at ePublicEye.com where you rate e-businesses for reliability and customer satisfaction.  Plus, get early warnings of scams to watch out for in Naked Scams. 

From books, bikes, brokers and beers, to software, skin care, skis and strollers, you can compare products side-by-side, learn which products are highest-rated or lowest-rated, get advice, and find the best place to buy it from epinions.com.

Consumer Reports Online
offers unbiased ratings and recommendations of products and services with a handy A to Z index.

Consumer Reports for Kids with its Toy Ad Tricks section helps kids see past the hard-sell and decide if a toy delivers on its promise, if it fool kids, and if it merits a ZAP award.  They cover other important issues, too!

Whether you're looking for a treadmill, TV, computer, SUV, camera, dishwasher, barbecue grill, whatever,  ConsumerSearch helps you identify the best products available, with product comparisons and reviews from many sources.  PC World calls them the best expert product review site on the web.

PriceGrabber helps you comparison shop for products, too, in categories like computers, consumer electronics, books, video games, toys, music, software and movies.

Buying computer products or consumer electronics? Comparison shop so you know who's offering the best price.  Price Watch keeps tabs on hardware, software and electronics prices.

PriceScan wants to save you money and helps you comparison shop for the lowest prices, with less hassle, giving you price information in about a dozen product categories including home and garden, office equipment, audio and yes, dishwashers.

MySimon helps you compare products and prices, offers a deal of the day, hot picks and editor's choice.

BizRate
helps you compare product prices and customer ratings of over 1,500 stores so you have a better shot at getting a better deal -- from apparel, books and technology, to music, health & beauty and travel.

Another free service that lets you compare products, prices, and stores is DealTime -- where you can search for electronics, health & beauty, fitness, baby products, computers, appliances and more. 

If you're the kind of person who looks for bargains, techbargains helps you find the best price in computer hardware, DVD players, digital cameras, palm & pocket PC PDAs, and mobile phones.

For bargains in electronics, computers, software and video games, check NexTag to compare online prices.

One way to find what you need is to sort through 20,000 web shopping sites and mail order catalogs in a wink and zero in what you want fast -- Buyer's Index is a search engine for serious shoppers.

Keep tabs on hot deals, Internet-only specials, rebates, special offers, freebies, bonuses, savings promotions, last-minute deals, sales and clearances on just about everything -- PCs, CDs, candy, plane tickets, cooking supplies, baby stuff, china, lingerie, check it out at fatwallet.

Hot offers, merchant rebates, double bonuses, promo discount codes, freebies, sales -- sort through them here.

WeMedia is an indispensable resource for disabled consumers that helps make life easier both online and offline.  In addition to a wealth of information about assistive technologies, the marketplace sells medical and mobility equipment, from power scooters to shower chairs.

If you haven't heard about it yet, there's a consortium of over 75 companies that has a plan to help folks save for college.  Upromise offers a chance to get back part of your spending on gas, books, groceries, cars, hamburgers -- you name it -- and the money you get back goes into a college fund.  Just Click on their  link in the left panel on this page! 

What if up to 27% of each purchase you made went to your favorite worthy cause?  At iGive.com, you can support a cause that's already listed, or add a new cause, large or small in the U.S. or Canada.  Over 350 stores to choose from, and almost a million dollars raised for favorite causes.

Before you give to a charity, the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed decisions through charity evaluations, "tips" publications, and a quarterly "Wise Giving Guide."

The American Institute of Philanthropy helps you give wisely to charity with their Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report.

GuideStar is a Forbes best of web site and its national database has more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations.

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