Magazine and website rate prices and customer service

March 30, 2009 10:23:12 AM PDT
Did you ever wonder which local florists have the freshest flowers at the best prices? Or which hospital E-R's take the best care of their patients? Or which health clubs offer the best deals and equipment to their members?

All sorts of information like that is available from one source, The Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook.The Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook.

Robert Krughoff, President of Checkbook, explains, "Checkbook rates all kinds of local service firms, tores and professionals. Everything from auto repair shops to plumbers to hospitals to supermarkets."

The Checkbook is available online or via a twice-yearly magazine subscription.

You DO have to pay to access all of Checkbook's information, but there's a reason. They don't accept any advertising.

Krughoff says their no-advertising policy ensures there's no question of bias in their ratings.

Checkbook gathers most of their information on everything from acupuncturists to hearing aid stores, from lawn-care services to dog kennels by surveying consumers.

But sometimes, they use other methods, like asking body-shop owners which auto insurance companies they find the easiest to deal with, or looking at death rates for local hospitals.

The bottom line: A two-year subscription will cost $34, but could save you thousands. To subscribe, click here.

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