BBB’s Naughty List: 5 holiday scams and how to avoid them

The holiday season certainly makes most of us feel merry and bright, but it can also bring out scammers looking to take advantage of you. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants people to beware of the following five scams and frauds this holiday season. Fake websites promising…

Avoid red flags when shopping online during Cyber Monday

Black Friday is over, but the holiday shopping season is just getting started. For many, the biggest shopping day of the year is now Cyber Monday. It’s a great chance to find bargains and avoid the crowds. According a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), 56 percent plan to shop online, the most in…

Don’t be plagued by a bad shopping experience this Black Friday

It’s that time of year again! One of the busiest shopping events of the year is right around the corner. While some Black Friday shoppers will stick to online purchases, others are preparing to brave the crowds to snag a good deal on their holiday gifts. According to a preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey conducted…

BBB’s guide to gift card giving

According to the National Retail Federation gift cards are this season’s hottest gift. They can be purchased from almost anywhere — retailers, grocery stores, drug stores, etc. — making them an easy and convenient gift giving solution. But Better Business Bureau is warning that some gift cards could carry high fees making them far from…

Layaway plans could create a shopping headache

Many retailers rolled out their layaway plans for the holidays a month earlier than last year, with some stores even offering additional incentives to use the layaway option. But Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to read the fine print on layaway contracts to avoid costly shopping blunders. In addition, BBB advises: Plan ahead. Before…