"Whether you're looking to get Dad something traditional like a watch or something flashier like the latest electronic gadget, check out the business and their return policies first," says Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta. "Always make sure to get refund, exchange and warranty information in writing. Don't hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt."
BBB offers the following ideas and tips for last minute Father's Day shoppers:
Check the terms and conditions. For gift cards, ensure the expiration date and any other conditions won't be problematic. If you are giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, be sure the gift card is redeemable for Internet shopping and not just for in-store use.
Ask about express post, refund and payment policies. If you are ordering a product online or a gift to be delivered to your dad, make sure to find out the charges for express shipping and delivery and other payment policies so you won't be caught with surprise expenses.
Be a safe online-shopper. Before ordering any merchandise online, check the URL link to make sure it starts with "https://" (the 's' means it is secure). Also look for a small padlock icon usually located at the corner of the URL bar. These symbols tell shoppers that a website is secure.
Keep products in the original packaging. 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.
Get it in writing. If you're interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes, kayaks, motorcycles or other recreational equipment for dad and the family, be sure that you get a written contract including the rental cost, daily fees, insurance and time restrictions.
Make sure Dad's schedule matches the times the activity can be done. Some activities can only be done at certain times of the day and may require advanced reservations.
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