Consumer Research & Advocacy

Consumer Reports Magazines and Buying Guides

  • We keep two years of Consumer Reports magazine and Buying Guides at the Adult Services desk — just ask if you want to see them. (They cannot be checked out, and we do not currently have a copy machine.)
  • Search our magazine database (Masterfile Premier) for Consumer Reports articles on the products you are looking for. You can read, save, and print the PDF copies of articles. Login with your library card number.

Last Two Years Only

  • Flipster (a digital magazine service) offers another way to view and browse current and past issues of Consumer Reports, Buying Guides, and Consumer Reports on Health. Login with your library card number.

You can search for specific products in Flipster’s Consumer Reports by following the steps pictured below:

  • Once you are viewing an issue, you can use the search box in the upper right corner to locate articles from any issue.

  • First, select all issues, then type your product and hit EnterDown arrow:

  • Click on the issue you want to view the articleDown arrow:

Other Publications with Product Reviews

  • Good Housekeeping magazine conducts independent reviews of many household products and appliances:

  • Wirecutter is a product recommendation service from The New York Times. The Library does not have a digital subscription, but the site allows you to view 10 free articles a month.

Consumer Advocacy Resources

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs – offers assistance and information to protect the public from fraud, deceit and misrepresentation in the sale of goods and services. Offices include:

Union County Office of Consumer Affairs – if you believe that a business located in Union County has violated the your rights and the laws of the Consumer Fraud Act, filing a complaint with this office will start the process for helping you attempt to bring resolution to your complaint.

Bureau of Consumer Protection – The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection stops unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices by collecting reports from consumers and conducting investigations, suing companies and people that break the law, developing rules to maintain a fair marketplace, and educating consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. Services include: