This is a busy week for shopping and the Better Business Bureau would like to share some advice on layaways.
Layaway services can be a great alternative to a credit card, but it's imperative that customers understand the fine print and know what to expect.
As a complement to in-store layaway, some retailers provide online layaway services for purchasing items through the retailer's website. Third-party businesses also have sprung up, offering layaway plans online between customers and retailers that don't have their own layaway program. Customers make periodic payments to the third-party layaway service provider. Once the item is fully paid for, the business then buys the item from the retailer and ships it to the customer.