Recently I read an article in the August 2011 addition of Consumer Reports regarding the Better Business Bureau. Without going through all the details, it seems the BBB can be bought off. According to Consumer Reports, ABC News aired cases in which businesses instantly turned their mediocre BBB ratings into top grades by paying hundreds of dollars for ‘BBB accreditations.’ Many examples of this are cited in this article. For years the BBB has been the source the consumers and businesses use to access a business’ reputation. With this recent news one has to wonder where you go to make sure a business is worthy of your business. I think the answer is found by searching the internet and through friends, family and co-workers. It may take some time, but your research will reduce the chances of making a bad buying decision.