Welcome to Consumer Reports Advocacy

Consumer Reports is an independent nonprofit organization that works for a fair, safe and transparent marketplace.

Since we were founded as Consumers Union in 1936, we have advocated for the rights of all consumers. Now, we are united under the Consumer Reports name, bringing together our trusted testing, research, journalism, and advocacy.

We hope you will partner with us and our six million members for a better world.

Payment Methods

Paying with a debit card, gift card or prepaid card might not give you the protection you expect. CU exposes bad practices and advocates for improvements.

Credit cards, debit cards, gift cards and more

Your wallet, purse or pocket likely contains some way to pay for goods and services, whether it is a credit card, debit card, gift card, prepaid card, check, cash or mobile phone. The payment choice can often determine what types of consumer protections you will have in case something goes wrong. Consumers Union exposes bad practices and advocates for strong regulatory and statutory changes for a better payments marketplace.