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Before Camping Out at Your Favorite Store for Hours, Take a Few Minutes to Read Here First!

Before Camping Out at Your Favorite Store for Hours, Take a Few Minutes to Read Here First! - The Beacon


By: Beth

Before Camping Out at Your Favorite Store for Hours, Take a Few Minutes to Read Here First!

It’s coming, folks. Our country’s favorite shopping day is fast approaching. The news stations are covering the hot topic event and newspaper inserts describing store specials are pouring out of my mailbox.  Although I plan to dine on Thanksgiving leftovers and avoid the crowds this Friday, many of our readers are strategizing, hoping to snag the best deals post-holiday.  But in the past years, Cyber Monday has given Black Friday a run for its money.  And so in an effort to provide tips for all of our readers, no matter what their plans, we offer these recent posts as friendly reminders:

Top Ten Cyber Monday Tips for Staying Safe When Shopping Online 

Excerpt: Cyber Monday”the Monday after Thanksgiving”has officially replaced Black Friday”the day after Thanksgiving”as the most popular day to shop for the holidays. Shopping online means avoiding the crowds, but it also opens the buyer up to attacks from scammers and hackers. In order to fight these online grinches, the Better Business Bureau recommends 10 tips for staying safe when holiday shopping online.

Black Friday Shopping¦Be Prepared! 

Excerpt: While I prepare to cook a fabulous Thanksgiving meal for friends and family, others are mapping out plans for Black Friday shopping excursions, complete with sleeping bags and food rations.  As exciting as an unbelievable deal on home electronics can be, the BBB wants consumers to remember the importance of being informed, reading the fine print, and understanding the terms of their purchases.  Here are some easy tips to remember.  (Consider printing this out and passing to others waiting in line at 4 a.m. Friday morning!

Check Holiday Ads Carefully Before Buying 

Excerpt: As any bargain hunter knows, tomorrow is Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. This Friday and during the coming weeks, many businesses will advertise specials and sales to attract holiday shoppers. Although most of these advertisements offer truthful and helpful information to consumers, occasionally some stores accidentally or intentionally run misleading ads. Shoppers can avoid the pitfalls of these problematic ads by thinking critically about what the ad offers.

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Beth was Director of BBB Services and wrote for the consumer education blog from 2008 to 2011. Beth also managed projects of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau Foundation, including the Student of Integrity Scholarship and senior citizen education programs, and she worked with local charities as a part of our charity reporting service.