Arlington, VA – Better Business Bureau released its 2014 statistics today, showing a 20% jump in overall instances of service and substantial increases in almost every area of assistance. The release marks National Consumer Protection Week in the U.S. and Fraud Prevention Month in Canada.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), the umbrella organization for 112 BBBs across North America, created this infographic highlighting the various ways consumers and businesses receive services from BBB.
BBB’s dispute resolutions services, which are provided free of charge, continue to be a strength of the organization and its mission to enhance marketplace trust. The order of the top ten industries that receive complaints remained unchanged from 2013, although overall complaints were down about 5%. The drop in complaints is related to the increase in inquiries (more people checking out a business first rather than complaining later) and the introduction of Customer Reviews (some people choosing to leave a review rather than file a complaint, especially when no refund or other monetary settlement is expected).
Most of these industries are related to common goods and services that consumers use every day – telephones, cell phones, cable television, the Internet, banks and autos.
The top ten inquiries, on the other hand, tend to be infrequent and high-ticket items, particularly those related to home maintenance. The full statistical report for both complaints and inquiries can be accessed online at go.bbb.org/2014complaintstats.
ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.4 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 112 local, independent BBBs across North America, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.