Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Rate local businesses

It can be hard finding services for your home and car that you find reliable and trustworthy. We all know about the Better Business Bureau where you can check to see if the company has had complaints against them brought to the BBB over the past 3 years. They even have a way to compliment a business on their website now (though I'm uncertain if these remarks are made available to the public). The BBB is definitely the place to check on recommended businesses before you hire them and certainly the place to go when you have a problem with their services.

However, for a more Epinions-style review and ranking of local companies, try Insider Pages. With free registration, you can search for rankings of auto dealers, home repair services, schools, hairstylists, health care providers, and more. As they state on their web site, "Insider Pages is the new way to find great local businesses with real reviews by people in your neighborhood." So far there have only been a few rankings of Fort Wayne businesses. So get online and share your experiences with Fort Wayne service professionals, both good and bad. And then next time you need a recommendation, check Insider Pages. Then double-check with the BBB web site. Be a good (and hopefully happy) consumer and a good citizen too.


At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie's List is now in Fort Wayne. And, for a limited time, we can join it for free! My sister, who lives in Columbus, Indiana, raves about Angie's List. It was started by a Mom who didn't want to trust her odd jobs to some contractor she picked willy nilly out of the phone book. Basically, it's a word-of-mouth network for consumers regarding the actual contractors they've hired. You can read all about the philosophy on, and you can join there too.


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