Michael Shames


  • Consumer advocate and educator since 1979. 
  • Has published 4 books, numerous articles, and hundreds of consumer-related blogs throughout his career.
  • Currently serves as editor and principle author at SanDiegoCAN.org. 


He's served as an attorney and expert witness in numerous proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, state legislative and federal agencies on energy, telecommunications, insurance, cable, ​and Internet-related issues. In addition to his advocacy activities, he has also served as an adjunct professor at University of San Diego School of Business teaching corporate responsibility and business ethics.  

His nonprofit consumer guides and his SandiegoCAN website help people deal with all manner of retail transactions, including: 

  • How get what you need from Internet Service Providers without overpaying
  • Navigating checking and saving accounts selection and maintenance
  • Making a smart home truly smart (and not headache inducing)
  • Everything you didn't want to know about Windows and other Microsoft products
  • Buying a car, regret-free, including electric vehicles.
  • Choosing and running a solar-powered home
  • Avoiding household gadgets that waste your time and money
  • How to spot Internet scams and fraud schemes
  • Travel tricks and tips
  • Comparing most all of Amazon and Google's products
  • Smartphones for really smart people
  • Learning the TV universe beyond cable


Michael has a BA from UCLA and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. 

A Message from Michael Shames

 "There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth." - Tolstoy

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