BBB tip: buy it safe this Mother’s Day
As Mother’s Day approaches, many consumers are looking for the perfect gift that symbolizes their appreciation for that special someone in their life. In a recent survey, 43% of consumers indicated that finding a unique or different gift is the number one consideration when shopping for Mother’s Day. While some people have the foresight to buy gifts months in advance, which is far from the norm, Mother’s Day creates a wave of online shopping activity and frantic browsing. specialized websites.
The search for specialized gifts often leads consumers to niche websites and businesses, arenas in which fraudsters can operate under the guise of legitimacy. This is especially true for online shopping, where businesses can present an unlimited number of specialty services that entice thoughtful consumers to part with their money.
To avoid falling victim to Mother’s Day gadgets, follow these guidelines provided by your Better Business Bureau:
Buy with a credit card. It’s easier to dispute charges that haven’t been approved or get your money back using a credit card than with debit, prepaid, or gift cards.
Beware of offers that sound “too good to be true”. Offers on websites and in unsolicited emails can offer incredible deals on specialty items. Make sure you read these offers carefully; there may be hidden charges or monthly subscriptions disguised as purchases.
Check the security of a site. Secure sites should start with “https: //” and include a lock icon at least on the purchase or cart page.
Shop local. Look for local florists for flower arrangements rather than using online stores. If the person receiving the flowers lives in another city, look for florists in that area. Make sure you order the arrangement with sufficient time for delivery and inquire about the additional charges.
Check the affiliation. It is not uncommon for local florists to be affiliated with third party entities. BBB recommends that consumers take the time to confirm that the company they are ordering with is affiliated with the intended third-party resource.
Guides, tours and courses
Pay attention to the details. While art classes, wine tastings, and cooking classes are great choices for a unique gift, make sure the details of these activities are in writing. Pay special attention to the need to reserve and any restrictions, special requirements or cancellation fees.
For more information on how to safely shop this Mother’s Day, visit BBB.org.