Holiday Shopping Tips From The BBB

The fall shopping frenzy begins this week. The Better Business Bureau has some tips for consumers as we head into the busy holiday sales period.

Watch out for deals too good to be true. Some fly-by-night websites offer suspiciously low prices on sought-after goods in an effort to entice shoppers into turning over their credit card information

Get the real deal. Do you know if a sale is really a sale?  Many times companies offer "70 percent off," but 70 percent off what?  It always pays to comparison shop and there are many smart phone apps these days to help you compare prices.

Pay with a credit card. Using a credit card enables you to dispute charges if there are problems with merchandise or delivery they also protect you from unauthorized charges with "zero liability" policies.

Check return policies and fees.  Find out the store's return policy before you make your purchase.  Businesses are not required to give you your money back.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), orders made by mail, phone, fax or online must be shipped by the date promised or, if no delivery time was stated, within 30 days.