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My Data. Your Business.

When it comes to sharing personal information, inform yourself, demand better privacy and protect the data on your devices and in your communications, by using ...

BBB Podcast: Better Business > Better Series & BBB Bistro

Join us for the new BBB podcast that will convene business and industry leaders to talk through the evolution of our ever-changing marketplace. ...

Scalping has Made Ticket Buying Trickier for Everyone

As venues begin to crack down on bots and ticket scalpers, individual buyers may be feeling the effects. ...

Bots: The Stealth Player in the Ticket Selling Marketplace

Buying tickets to the hottest show, game or event is hard enough. It's even tougher when you're going up against computer bots. ...

BBB’s Five Steps to Becoming a Smarter Back-to-School Shopper

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California offers the following five tips on back-to-school purchases: ...

Valentine’s Day Shopping Tips: Don’t End Up Broken-Hearted!

When it comes to buying a diamond for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, don’t be fooled by flashy sales that seem too good to be true. ...

Online Shopping Con Demands Payment by Gift Card

This holiday shopping season, be on the lookout for a new scam technique. As shoppers become wary of paying by wire transfer and pre-paid debit card, scammers a ...

How to Be a Savvy Online Shopper

The emergence and growth of online retailers has significantly increased choices among consumers. ...

BBB® Warns of Skimmers

The next time you stop to fill up the gas tank or pick up a few things at the store using the self-checkout, think twice before putting your card into the credi ...

Look Out for Fake Macy's Delivery Message

Each year, millions of people shop at Macy's, a huge fashion retailer with customers across North America and the world. Scammers, banking on the store's popula ...

Festival Goers Fooled by Fake Tickets and Events

This summer, don't fall for a festival scam. Scammers are tempting would-be festival goers into buying tickets for events promising all-you-can-eat crabs, live ...

Skimmers Steal Customer Card Info at Stores

Next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. ...

Throw the Flag on Counterfeiters

It is not shocking that most fans will start searching on the Internet for deals on the winning team’s NFL gear. ...

Online Shopping Con Demands Payment by Gift Card

As shoppers become wary of paying by wire transfer and pre-paid debit card, scammers are trying something new. ...

What to Do After You Clean Out Your Closet

The weather is changing, and for many of us it's time to trade in our shorts for jeans and sundresses for sweaters. This is the perfect time to go through close ...

Ordering Groceries Online

There are a few universal things to consider if you’re thinking about stocking your refrigerator via delivery. ...

Keep Your Clothing Choices Fresh – Without Going Shopping

Do you want some variety in your closet? Or need help choosing clothes and determining your style? Or do you just need that one special outfit for a special occ ...

9 Tips for 9 Shopping Weeks until….. You Know What

At your Better Business Bureau, our most popular free service is our BBB Business Reviews, which provide information consumers need to make wise-buying decision ...

Learning 'The Rest of the Story' Can Help Both Buyers and Sellers

How important is "relationship" to you when you make a purchase? ...

Online Mermaid Costume Retailer in “Hot Water” Over Unanswered Complaints

This Halloween, parents may be in for quite a fright when they receive their credit card statements, especially if they don’t research online retailers before t ...

Tips for a Thrifty Thanksgiving

Being thrifty with our money at the start of the holiday season means more wiggle room in the budget for the rest of the year. ...

Subscription-based Companies Find Success

Subscription-based companies mail goods to their subscribers who have opted in to the business model. Some of these are doing quite well. ...

Consumer Spending at a Glance

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released their findings on where consumers were spending their money in 2013. ...

Why Should Consumers Trust The Seal?

Consumers expect ALL businesses to adhere to high standards, however, the truth is many of them don’t. Only Accredited Businesses stake their reputation on thes ...

Smarter Back-to-School Shopping

Shopping for school supplies can easily put a dent in the bank account. The good news is there are ways you can shop that will help you save money and still pro ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day

According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers will spend a total of $21.2 billion dollars on moms this year! ...

A Not So Secret Shopping Scam

Cincinnati area consumers who receive an invite to become a “secret store evaluator,” similar to a secret shopper job, may want to reconsider. ...

Consumerism with a Cause

Our ballots in the voting booth may feel meaningless.  Our presence at a rally or demonstration may feel pointless.  But we can “vote with our wallets”. ...

The Father’s Day Gift Marketplace

When it comes to picking out Father’s Day gifts for my father I’ve usually stuck to the standard buckets in terms of gift ideas. ...

Protect Yourself with the Fair Credit Billing Act

While it's nice to indulge yourself with occasional online shopping, it’s imperative that you take certain precautions to ensure you're protected should your it ...

Memorial Day Weekend Shopping

I’ve always loved Memorial Day, and how can you not. It’s the kick-off of summer, the celebration of the hard work you put in during the winter, and a great tim ...

Hackers Target Starbucks Gift Cardholders and Mobile App Users

Starbucks gift card holders and mobile app users should be aware that hackers have been targeting these services. ...

Saved by Online Reviews

“Buy local” is good for business. But it’s also good for peace of mind. ...

What Does “Green” Actually Mean?

We all see claims like “Made from Recycled Materials,” “We’ve gone GREEN,” or “We’re Eco-Friendly,” but what do these claims mean for consumers? ...

8 Tips for Smart Garden Shopping

Even if you don’t have any outdoor space to have a garden, there’s still plenty you can do to welcome a little green into your life. Here are some tips for plan ...

Used Cars Tell A Story

When buying a used car, BBB® recommends using an Accredited Business you can trust especially when the car is sold “AS IS” without any warranty—even though the ...

Open Season on MLB Ticket Scams

Here are some tips from BBB to help you have a home run hit of a day at the ballpark. ...

7 Spring Sales Items and When to Buy

Plants and animals aren’t the only ones awakening after this year’s particularly cold, snowy season. Retailers are offering lots of sales this time of year to c ...

BBB’s Top 10 Consumer Complaint Categories for 2014

BBB’s stats for 2014 are in, and they’re smokin’. Last year, BBB handled over 856,208 consumer complaints, and received over 156 million inquiries about busines ...

The Best Time to Buy: The Biggest Sales in March and April

With spring just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about what you might need for the upcoming seasons ...

Encouraging Truthful Ads in Today's Market: BBB's Updated Code of Advertising

BBB has been advocating for truthful advertising since 1917, which means that the organization has seen many changes in advertising practices over the years. ...

4 Low-Cost Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Between roses, cards, chocolate, jewelry, gifts, and romantic outings, Valentine’s Day can be a big expense. Here are some tips to lower the cost of what you sp ...

How to Avoid the "Catch" in Free Trials

Introductory offers can be a way to help you decide if you want to continue purchasing a product or service. However, you may find yourself shelling out more mo ...

BBB Warning: Super Bowl Ticket Scams

Want to go to the Super Bowl? Be careful! Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about possible ticket fraud. ...