BBB warns of Father’s Day shopping scams

Written by admin   // June 11, 2012   // 0 Comments

(Tucson Citizen) 

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that America has 70.1 million fathers, and many of them will receive Father’s Day gifts from appreciative family members this weekend. Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona wants to help families avoid scams when they’re shopping for gifts

“Father’s Day should be a time of celebration, not disappointment,” said Kim States, BBB President. “Before you buy a gift, you should check refund and exchange policies, whether you’re buying from a store or going online. Ask about any warranties on durable items and gadgets.”

Popular gifts and things to consider when buying them include:

Gift cards and gift certificates: Check terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate before you buy it. Does the certificate expire if it’s not used by a specific date. Are there fees associated with buying or redeeming a gift card? Can the card be used online or only in a store?

Electronics: If you decide to buy a camera, GPS system, cell phone, music player or another electronic device, be sure you keep it in its original packaging. Encourage your Dad to look it over carefully before opening it. Some stores may not accept returns if the packaging has been opened or removed. If it needs batteries, find out what kind and whether they are included.

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