If you want to find a business, an item to purchase or even a person you used to date in high school, here are a few cool websites that will make your search a whole lot easier.

If you’re looking to track down elusive business phone numbers, check out HARD TO FIND 800 NUMBERS DOT COM. The site lists customer-service, billing and other hotlines for all sorts of companies.

Want to avoid voice mail hell once you get the 800 number? Check out GET HUMAN DOT COM, which is the website that tells you how to bypass automated phone trees at major companies.

If you’re looking for people, you can’t go wrong with ZABASEARCH DOT COM. The website simply asks you to put in a name and state, and then lists all the possibilities. When I searched a few people on, I was amazed at how many people came up.

Finally, if you want to search the web for prices to compare a specific product, try Google’s advanced FROOGLE search at

With practical, informative consumer advice, I’m Ilyce Glink, News-Talk 750 WSB