BBB Tips on Father's Day Shopping

June 11, 2013

Father’s Day is right around the corner! According to the US Census Bureau, there are more than 70 million fathers across the nation – that’s a lot of dads, and a lot of loved ones who could fall victim to a Father’s Day shopping scam.

As we look to celebrate June 16th with the special men in our lives, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad.

BBB offers ideas and tips for Father’s Day gifts:

Gift Cards and Certificates: Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate prior to purchase to ensure that 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.

Electronics: If you plan to give Dad a new electronic device, such as a camera, iPod, or DVD player, 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.

Recreational Rentals: If you’re interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes, kayaks, motorcycles, or other recreational equipment this Father’s Day, be sure you get a written contract that includes details such as the base rental cost, daily fees, insurance, and time restrictions. Also, take the time to visually inspect the rental and get written proof of any existing damage before renting the equipment.

Guides, Tours and Classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving, and golf lessons are a fun way to celebrate and spend time with Dad. However, it’s important to get details about these classes and adventures in writing and in advance of the trip. Be sure to clarify all of the factors listed below:

  • Are reservations required and if so, by when?
  • What are the total costs and features?
  • What services and equipment are included?
  • Are taxes or any other charges added?
  • Are there any restrictions or special time requirements?
  • Are there any cancellation or refund penalties or policies?

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