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Be Alert for Expo Sales
May 23, 2014

Who doesn’t like to strip down, put on a swim suit and jump into a spa or pool when the summer heat is on?

That’s what expo, tent, and specialty sales promotional materials are betting on. But, BBB reminds people to be educated when shopping.

You just have to remember these events are designed to make the sale; today! Their advertising promotes great savings, but at what cost to the buyer?

BBB urges people to inform themselves on what to look for when buying at a big blowout sale. Consider the following questions to ask:

  1. Do you run a showroom in my local area?
  2. How long have you been in business?
  3. Who do I call for a service or repair issue?
  4. What is your cancellation policy?

Also, know the differences between spas and hot tubs. In hot tubs, the bubbling water comes from around the seats. In most spas, the bubbling water comes up directly through the floor and seats. If you are seriously thinking of buying a hot tub or spa, check with friends, colleagues or neighbors who own or have used them. Ask for their impressions and whether you can try out their facilities. Check edmonton.bbb.org

It is a good idea to find several dealers and arrange to try out a number of models. Most dealers will set up a trial soaking. Ask several dealers to give a written list of contract specifications.

The contract should include: an installation date, completion date with allowance for delays, schedule of payments, explicit specification for size, shape and materials to be used.

This weekend and moving into summer be alert for expo sales in and around Edmonton.

BBB encourages people to thoroughly research a business and make an educated buying decision and not give into an intense sales pitch at a weekend event.