Avoid shopping scams this Father's Day: BBB
Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and dads are high on many people’s shopping lists. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mainland British Columbia wants to help families avoid some of the common last minute shopping pitfalls.
“Father’s Day should be about celebrating and spending wisely when shopping for the perfect gift for Dad,” said Danielle Primrose, BBB President and CEO. “Before you buy a gift, know the refund and exchange policies of where you are buying from.”
Popular gifts and things to consider when Father’s Day shopping includes:
Gift cards and gift certificates: Check terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate before you buy it. Gift cards and gift certificates (pre-paid purchase cards) issued or sold in British Columbia are not allowed to have expiry dates or fees. However, if you buy a gift certificate from a daily deal website it may be allowed to expire if you do not buy the product at face value. Also, ask if the gift card can 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. Ask about any warranties on gadgets.
Recreational rentals: If you want to rent campers, boats or other recreational equipment for your dad, be sure you get a written contract that details the cost, insurance and time restrictions. Inspect the rental and get written proof of existing damage before renting the equipment.
Guides, tours and classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving and golf lessons can be a fun way to spend time with Dad. But you will need to get the details in writing in advance of the trip or class. Make sure you clarify the following:
- Are reservations required and if so, by when?
- What are the total costs and features?
- What services and equipment are included?
- Are taxes, tips or other charges added?
- Are there any restrictions or special time requirements.
- Are there cancellation fees or refund penalties or policies
Clothing or personal items: Despite our best intentions, sometimes there may be a problem with the item or it may not fit. If you don’t know what size or color your father prefers, make returns easy by getting a gift receipt.
For more consumer tips like these, visit the Better Business Bureau website: www.mbc.bbb.org