Consumer Information

Library Databases

Use your library card number to access these resources.

  • Consumer Reports - Find current product information on cars, appliances, electronics and more. View unbiased product ratings and reviews.
  • General OneFile  - Full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books articles. 1980 - Current

Internet Resources

Please Note: The following links are supplied for informational purposes only and are not supported or endorsed by the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library or the City of Midland. The library gives careful consideration to the resources that it provides for the community and does not accept solicitations for inclusion to our pages.

  • Better Business Bureau - Check out a business or charity, file a complaint, consumer news
  • Cnet Electronics Reviews - Unbiased reviews of electronics 
  • Consumer Search - Reviews hundreds of product reviews, analyzes them, distills the information shoppers need and recommends which products are the best.  Part of the family
  • Consumer World - Product reviews, buying advice, consumer rights, scam alerts and more.
  • Dial A Human - Directory of business customer service phone numbers and instructions for navigating their phone system to talk to a person, the website Get Human also has a similar service
  • Michigan Attorney General - Consumer Protection - File a complaint, learn about new scams, view consumer laws and tips
  • Michigan Business License and Registration Database - Search for businesses and individuals who have registered with the state as well as disciplinary actions
  • Safer Products - A government website where you can submit or search for reports about products at are unsafe

Purchasing Assistance​

Buying a Car

  • - Edmunds car buying guide lists new car prices, used car prices, car comparisons, car buying advice, car ratings, car values, and auto leasing
  • Kelley Blue Book - Kelley Blue Book is a trusted resource for prices, values and expert and consumer reviews on new and used cars
  • NADA Guide - New car prices, used car values, car buying guides, car reviews, specs, safety ratings, photos, videos, car comparisons, tips and advice
  • - Search 2.6 million new and used car listings, price a new car, get a dealer quote, read expert reviews, or sell your car at thousands over trade-in
  • - Find used cars and new cars for sale. With millions of cars, finding your next new car or used car and the car reviews and information

Buying a House