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Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, November 23, 2016     

CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215  

 

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals and advertisements filled with one-of-a kind specials. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is again encouraging consumers to shop with care this holiday season.

 


Tips on Holiday Shopping:

 

  • Check the refund and return policies for restrictions and exceptions
  • When buying gift cards, check for fees and expiration dates that apply
  • Read the fine print
  • Double check delivery dates
  • Review warranties
  • Compare prices
  • Check shipping and handling fees

    Along with those traditional shopping methods consumers also need to proceed with caution when dealing with online retailers.

    Online Shopping Tips:
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  • Consumers using the internet to find the perfect gift should avoid using email links. These links can appear to be from a known business, but may be coming from a different company altogether
  • Always ensure you are shopping on a secure site
  • Use credit cards for online purchases. If there is a problem with the purchase it is much easier to dispute the charges
  • Be leery of businesses who are offering deep discounts. If it sounds too good to true, then it likely is, so shop with reputable sellers
  • Screenshot your order confirmation for reference. Websites get flooded and orders can get lost

 




 

Smartphone Shopping Tips:

 

  • Be sure your computer and mobile devices are current with all software updates
  • Be cautious of social media scams including fake Twitter and Facebook pages. Stick to the sites that you are familiar with and do not click on unfamiliar links
  • Research price comparison apps. There are many malicious mobile apps just ready to be downloaded
  • Do not download apps from unknown sources

 

 

 

If you have any additional questions, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us.

 

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