Back to School Shopping in Florida

  
     
BBB Offers Back to School Smart Shopping Tips for the 2017-2018 School Year.
August 01, 2017

As students in Florida are getting ready to go back to school this year, parents can enjoy some relief this weekend.  This year’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be from Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th.  

During this sales tax holiday period, Florida Department of Revenue directs that no sales tax will be collected on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item.   

Back To School Tax Free Weekend

In 2016, over $75 billion dollars were spent on back-to-school shopping in the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation.  Parents are expected to spend more on their children this year ($83.6 billion) due to higher consumer confidence and more young people in school, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.  The survey also pointed out that “schools are changing their classroom experience to include more technology including laptops and tablets,” which means consumers will want to take advantage of great deals on these high priced items and will shop across a variety of retailers both online and in-store.

Although you can’t beat the convenience of getting what you need at the click of a button, all too often consumers find what they ordered is not what they get. Worse, many websites are total scams that take your money and don’t send a thing. How can you be certain the websites where you shop are legitimate? 

Before you dive into the best deals, Better Business Bureau wants to remind consumers to shop savvy to avoid bogus offers and scams by providing the following resources to help you be a savvier shopper this school year:

  • Visit www.bbb.org/backtoschool to help you make the most out of your back-to-school shopping this tax-free weekend.

  • Visit www.bbb.org/shoppingonline for tips to protect your personal information and your wallet while you shop online.

  • Visit www.bbb.org/digitalIQ to access a set of resources that build your digital know-how about Internet shopping from starting an Internet search, to making a final purchasing decision.

  • Visit www.bbb.org/adtruth to be alert about potential advertising abuses and always think before acting or reacting impulsively to an advertised offer that could cause financial or personal harm due to misleading tactics or faulty products.