Make Dad proud this Father’s Day, shop and spend wisely
BBB reminds consumers to be smart while looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift
AUSTIN, Texas - June 14, 2012 – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 70.1 million fathers across the nation. That’s a whole lot of dads, and a whole lot of consumers that could be taken advantage of when shopping around for that perfect gift. But Better Business Bureau has some solutions for how you can shop smarter this Father’s Day.
“As with any time you shop, know who and where you’re buying from,” said Carrie A. Hurt, president and CEO of BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin. “As we look to celebrate this special day with the men we love, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad.”
Whether you are looking to get Dad something traditional like a watch, or something flashier like an electronic gadget, check out the business at bbb.org prior to making any purchase decisions. Always make sure to get information on refunds, exchanges and warranties in writing. Also, don’t forget to get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift.
BBB offers the following ideas and tips for Father’s Day gifts:
Gift cards: Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate to ensure that the expiration date and any other conditions won’t limit Dad’s purchase. If you are giving a gift card to someone who will buy online, be sure the gift card is redeemable for Internet shopping and not just for in-store use.
Electronics: Whether you plan to give Dad a camera, GPS system, phone, music player, DVD player or other electronic device, be sure that you don't remove it from its box before wrapping it up as a gift. Many electronics stores require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges.
Recreational rentals: If you’re interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes, kayaks, motorcycles or other recreational equipment this Father’s Day, be sure that you get a written contract that includes details such as the base rental cost, daily fees, insurance and time restrictions.
Guides, tours and classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving and golf lessons are a fun way to celebrate and spend time with Dad. However, it’s important to get details about these classes and adventures in writing and in advance of the trip. Be sure to clarify all of the factors listed below:
· Are reservations required? Are there any restrictions or special time requirements?
· Are taxes or any additional charges added?
· Are there any cancellation or refund penalties or policies?
· What services and equipment are included?
To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.
About Better Business Bureau:
BBB's mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating marketplace role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.
Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization's high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities.Contact BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin at (512) 445-4748.