As people prepare to fork out more cash this school year, Better Business Bureau offers advice for both parents and students before they hit store shelves and online stores.
According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school shopping will top $26 billion this year. Online shopping is on the rise with more than half of students using their smartphones to make purchases. This could open the door for scammers to target shoppers.
Meanwhile, thousands of college students are apartment hunting. If they’re not careful, they could fall into bad lease terms.
BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received 171 complaints against apartment complexes this year alone.
To be a savvy shopper and wise renter, BBB advises consumers to:
For more trustworthy consumer tips and BBB accredited property management companies, visit BBB.org.
Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is one of 113 in North America and the largest BBB by geographical service area. BBB is a neutral not-for-profit public reporting agency committed to trust in the marketplace. For more information on ethical business standards and BBB Accreditation, or to access free BBB Business Reviews, Charity Reviews, scam alerts or find local event information, contact BBB or visit bbb.org.