WebSites that help you lodge complaints

Whether you want to target politicians, your employers, or companies that have done you wrong, there are a variety of sites across the Web that will help you voice your complaints. But beware that not all of them will actually solve those problems.

Anonymous Employee Those having trouble at the office should try out Anonymous Employee. The service allows you to create a user name and password without requiring an e-mail address. After that, you can input the name of your employer, the person you want to contact, and the issue you want to make them aware of. Anonymous Employee automatically sends the message to the recipient without identifying you.

Better Business Bureau The Better Business Bureau site is one of the best places to lodge complaints. Right from the home page, you can access the organization’s complaint tool, which allows you to take issue with your vehicle, your cell phone carrier, a product or service outside of those two categories, or a charity. After inputting information about yourself, you can describe your issue on the site. It’s then filed with the Better Business Bureau and investigated.

CongressMerge If you’re unhappy with what’s going on in your state, CongressMerge can help you out. The site provides you with a search field to find all of your elected representatives. Once you find the politician you want to contact, it gives you a listing of all their phone numbers, a map to their office, and even their fax number so you can be sure to get in touch with them. You can also check out your elected representatives’ voting records on the site. It’s a great way to find all the means of communication you need to have your voice heard in the political process.

Electronic Frontier Foundation The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a great place to have your displeasure heard. The site’s Action Center lists all the issues the organization has identified. You can sift through those issues, find those that matter most to you, and send an e-mail to the appropriate recipients expressing your displeasure with the rest of the EFF community. It’s a great way to stage an online protest.

Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission also lets you submit complaints. You can file complaints about suspect business practices, identity theft, or “episodes of violence.” According to the organization’s site, it will investigate any complaints that it deems is part of a pattern, but it won’t solve individual disputes.

Project Vote Smart Project Vote Smart is a great way to research the political process. You can search for politicians, see how they vote, and determine if you’re happy with the way they are representing you.

Ripoff Report Ripoff Report provides an outlet for consumers who have been negatively affected by companies to issue complaints. As of this writing, Ripoff Report has more than 460,000 reports filed on the site.

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Ponoko – Turn your ideas into real things

Ponoko has always been about devising creative ways to make things you want. With their platform based on downloadable design and mass customization, you can get exactly what you need — the best color, the right size — and it doesn’t have to come off the slow boat from China. All you needed was a design and a computer.

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Turn your ideas into real things

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