The Thanksgiving and Black Friday season is quickly approaching. Black Friday brings a plethora of holiday sales and the craziness of wading through hundreds of ads and sales to grab the right product at the right price.
Many stores now open for Black Friday specials on Thanksgiving Thursday and continue the specials throughout the following day. Often these specials are considered to be the main discounts of the season.
Other discount days following Black Friday include Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday bring even more opportunities to score large discounts on popular items and even support local businesses in the process.
To ensure that everyone has a good holiday shopping season, your BBB recommends the following tips:
Get the good deals – Always use caution when seeing a sale that claims to be a large percentage off of the original price. Ask yourself questions about the discount such as, ‘What was the original price?’, “Why is it on sale? What are others saying about this item?” etc. Also, be wary of going out of business deals. You can read more about this subject right here.
Look early for ads – Newspapers often feature Black Friday deals, but the internet can also come in handy when looking for deals. Checking a business’ website can give you a head start on what is being offered to narrow down shopping locations, as well as prices. Early decisions can lower the hassle of Black Friday shopping.
Ask about return policies – Be preventative by asking about return policies prior to making a purchase. Companies are not required to offer money back for returns and may have restocking fees when making the return. Keeping receipts is of utmost importance to ensure safety when attempting to make a return. Receipts are almost always required when making a return.
Understand gift cards – Gift cards are the classic holiday gift: it gives people the power to choose their item! However, certain federal rules govern over gift cards:
- Inactivity fees can be charged after 12 months of no use. Don’t let the fees pile up!
- Gift cards will not expire for at least five years. Don’t sweat forgetting that gift card!
- No more than one fee (of any kind) can be charged in a single month.
The card must disclose fees, expiration dates and provide a toll-free phone number to gain access to more information. These items should be printed clearly on the card for consumer accessibility.
Remember, careful planning can help to prevent costly mistakes this holiday season.
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