EL PASO, Texas - With the July 4 holiday here, you will see more special discounts, coupons and promotions. Better Business Bureau advises consumers to carefully research these deals first before making a purchase.
Coupon deals are gaining more popularity, since many of them are easily retrieved from a website or smartphone. Coupon service sites are a way for businesses to offer their daily deals and special promotions. Consumers who purchase the special offer are then given a voucher to take to the business to claim their discount, provided it is in the time frame set by the business.
Consumers can find deals and special offers for hotel stays, decorations, candy, party supplies, and even a Fourth of July fireworks cruise.
Last year, BBB received over 900 complaints nationwide against coupon services. Most complaints alleged misprinted vouchers that went un-honored when arriving at the business. Others alleged inflexible scheduling.
When considering a deal through a coupon service site, BBB recommends consumers: