The spookiest day of the year is less than a week away. As you’re looking for those last minute costumes and decorations, it’s important to keep your eye out so you don’t get tricked into thinking you’re getting a sweet deal. When looking for a place to shop, BBB recommends:
- Research the store with BBB. If you’re interested in trying a new or unfamiliar merchant, check out its BBB Business Review first. It will show you how long the company has been in business along with any past complaints.
- Review the return policy. Make sure to read through and understand the return policies. Many stores may have an “all sales final” policy.
- Understand rental agreements. If you’re renting a Halloween costume or props, make sure you understand the terms and conditions associated with the rental. Often, rentals require a down payment that you may not get back if you are late to return the item or if the item is damaged.
- Ask how long a store will operate. Will the store be open after the holiday and will it accept returns when the season is over? If not, consider buying elsewhere or taking more time to be sure the item is exactly what you want before making the purchase.
- Be cautious with online purchases. Make sure the total cost and any shipping and handling charges are clearly outlined. Find out if your order will arrive in time for Halloween. Federal law only requires that goods and services be delivered within 30 days, unless a different delivery period is specifically stated by the merchant. Remember to only provide your credit card number in a secure environment. Look for the ‘s’ in https:// at the beginning of the site’s URL to be sure that the site you are using is secure.