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15 Article(s) Found.
4/29/2014
Many consumers find that buying by mail is the most convenient way to satisfy their shopping needs. Although many mail order companies are legitimate, each year Better Business Bureaus receive thousands of complaints against fraudulent companies that sell merchandise through the mail or over the telephone. 
4/29/2014
Furniture is an essential part of every home. Therefore, it is important to feel comfortable with every piece purchased and brought into your home. The process of buying furniture does not have to be stressful. By researching and preparing, furniture shopping can be a pleasant experience for you and your family.
4/29/2014
If you are looking to add or replace carpet in your home, you may be overwhelmed with all of the options. When buying carpet or a rug it’s important to buy from a reputable retailer to get the most for your money. Use these tips when searching for a carpet retailer and picking out new carpet.
4/29/2014
Everyone wishes to be a savvy shopper and get the most for their money. To prevent going overboard during your shopping spree it’s important to remember the reason for your trip. Refer to these tips before heading to the malls for a shopping spree.
5/1/2014
Looking to buy furniture? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Decide what is needed and set a budget
Make a floor plan
Check out a business and warranties
5/1/2014
If you need flower arrangements for a large event or if you are just looking for a small, simple bouquet, it’s important to find a reputable florist. Refer to these tips as a guide when choosing a florist.
5/1/2014
The anticipation of picking out new jewelry can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. With the vast amount of metals and stones to choose from, it is important to be an informed shopper. Whether you are shopping for a gift or picking out a piece for yourself, use these tips as a guide to buy a piece that will last a lifetime.
5/1/2014
Many consumers opt to skip the crowded stores and lines by shopping from the convenience of their homes. Shopping by phone or mail can often be a more accommodating way to make purchases.  Use these tips as a guide when ordering merchandise by phone or mail.  
5/1/2014
Ordering office supplies and don’t know where to start?  Use these tips as a guide when ordering office supplies for your business.
5/1/2014
Online shopping has become an easy way for consumers to purchase products they need from the convenience of their home. The Internet houses the same large selection as those who choose to shop in stores but without crowds or lines. When shopping online, it is important to know the business where the purchase is being made and to protect personal information from fraud.
5/1/2014
Looking to shop online? Here are some helpful tips to avoid scams:
Know the website
Read and compare 
Check the return policy
5/1/2014
There are no "free" MAGAZINE subscriptions - you pay the amount set forth in the written agreement. They are not "Free" if you pay only the postage or shipping charges, or because the publishers will pay the cost or want to increase circulation, or because the advertisers will bear the expense.
5/1/2014
Whether you are purchasing sneakers, dress shoes, or boots there are a few things to keep in mind while shopping to get the most out of your money. Have an idea of the type and style of shoes that are desired before going out and shopping. Comfort should always be the number one factor to consider when purchasing a pair of new shoes. Shoes are an accessory that are worn everyday for many hours so they should be enjoyable to put on each morning.
5/1/2014
Shopping by phone or mail is a convenient alternative to shopping at a store. The Federal Trade Commission's Mail or Telephone Order Rule covers merchandise you order by mail, telephone, computer, and fax machine. 
5/1/2014
When you buy something at a store and later change your mind, you may not be able to return the merchandise. But if you buy an item in your home or at a location that is not the seller's regular place of business, the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel purchases of $25 or more.