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Consumer: Complain Successfully  

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide

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Things do happen, even when you make an informed choice.  A problem can’t be fixed if no one knows it exists, so complain successfully!

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Complaint Letters for Busy People
The author's goal is to write one letter to the right person. "How to find the right person to complain to and how to make that complaint clear and powerful enough to get results."

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