Databases & Websites by Subject
- Shopping for Bargains
Sources available at the Downers Grove Public Library and
sites on the Internet to help you get the most for your
Consumer "How To's"
Adams, Rob. - Bargain
Hunter's Handbook - 1999
Learn how to bargain
for the best deal.
Bottom Line Bargain Book - 2000
An encyclopedia of shopping
techniques for every product and every consumer need.
Wholesale by Mail 2001: The Consumer's Bible
to Bargain Shopping Online, by Mail, by Phone - 2001
know the product you want, this reliable source will tell
you where to find the best buy.
Gallagher, Stephanie - Fabulous
Bargains! - 2000
many websites and covers consumer services as well as products.
Green, Mark J. - Consumer
Bible: 1001 Ways to Shop Smart - 1995
Savvy consumer advice on spending your money.
Covers a wide variety of products and services.
Kelly, Michelle Roy - Mr.
Cheap's Chicago - 2000
to the best local shopping.
King, Trisha - Buying
Retail Is Stupid! Chicago - 1998
shopping locations in northeastern Illinois, northwest
Indiana and southern Wisconsin. A treasure trove
of stores and outlets.
Pay Retail - 1996
Gives suggestions for saving on specific
items from air conditioners to woodburning stoves. Lists
800 numbers for
outlets and discount mail order catalogs. The "Best
for Less" feature tells how to buy top-of-the-line
products at discount.
Welsh, Kate Shoup - Bargain
Shopping Online - 2000
many auction sites, and evaluates each site's
ease of use and shipping costs.
Special Interest Shopping
Periodicals section - Consumer Reports Travel
Covers travel news, seasonal special offers, travel
advisories and other consumer concerns. It includes a monthly
of travel websites.
Fields, Denise - Baby
Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture,
Equipment, Clothes, Toys,
Maternity Wear and Much, Much More - 1999
Fields, Denise - Bridal
Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a
Realistic Budget - 2001
Evaluating and Choosing a Product
A monthly buying guide with evaluations and recommendations.
The premier source that scientifically tests
new products and makes recommendations according to price,
features and repair history.
Best Buys and Discount Prices
This annual is published by Consumer Guide, and gives
recommendations on electronics and other items for the
Consumer Reports Buying Guide
This is a yearly compilation
of evaluations and ratings that covers large and small appliances,
Addresses all consumer concerns and is an advocate for
the consumer. Just enter the name of what you are looking
for, or click on shopping, then product reviews or price
comparisons. This source has a multitude of links to
specific shopping sites. It includes links to the online
versions of Consumer Reports and Consumer Digest.
Lists reviews by consumers who own and use the product.
It indexes comments and evaluations on over 200,000 products.
Search by brand name or category.
Shop by features, brand name or product. Covers a wide
variety of consumer items.
Where to Find the Best Price
Shopping at an outlet mall offers the opportunity for
one-stop shopping and multiple savings. Here are two outlet
Search for outlets by store, location, brand name, or product
Offers listings worldwide and includes a virtual outlet
Internet Shopping Agents
Using the Internet is the ideal way to keep up with
changing prices and store inventories. When you know
you want to buy, try a shopping bot. These "robot" search
engines scour the web to find the best prices available.
They are a great way to comparison shop. All have links
to the site where you may purchase the item. Many bots
look for prices in a specific consumer area, such as
computers or books. Those listed below cover many product
If you encounter problems when you enter a specific brand
name in the search box, try clicking on the category
instead and then narrowing your search from the menus
A comprehensive site covering most consumer goods and offering
reviews from owners that list the pros and cons of a
product. Vendors are rated for customer service and delivery
A very wide range of products are covered. This site indicates
if the vendor has the item in stock and offers a detailed
comparison chart for each product. Search results may
be sorted by price, merchant or availability. There is
also a product index.
Also includes a star rating system for the merchants who
are selling the product.
Promises unbiased price and product information. Start
by selecting a category.
Prepared by Martha Krause, January 2001