Better Business Bureau Says Be a Smart Shopper on Father’s Day

June 06, 2013

According to the US Census Bureau there are 70.1 million fathers across the nation that means there will many people out searching for Father’s Day gifts. As families look to celebrate this special day, Better Business Bureau of North Alabama (BBB) reminds you that it’s important to shop smart for the perfect gift for Dad.

“Whether you’re looking to get something traditional like a watch, or something flashier like the latest electronic gadget, check out the business first,” said Michele Mason, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving North Alabama. “Always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift in case Dad needs to take it back.”

The BBB offers the following shopping 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 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. Make certain on a gift card that the security number hasn’t been revealed prior to purchase.

Electronics: Whether you plan to give Dad a camera, GPS system, or other electronic device, be sure that you don't remove it from its box before wrapping it up. 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, or other recreational equipment this Father’s Day, be sure that 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.

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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