‘Gray market’ purchase might not be the bargain you thought

Beware: the good deal you found online could be a “gray market” item. That’s right, I said gray market. Not black market. Gray market goods refer to legal goods which are sold outside normal distribution channels by companies which may have no relationship with the producer of the goods. Say someone makes a trip outside…

BBB Investigation: Giddy-up Swings ‘n Things takes customers for a ride

BBB advises consumers about company’s shipping practices Giddy-up Swings ‘n Things, a company that sells old tires, refashioned into items such as swings and bird-themed planters, has left black marks on some consumers’ wallets. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin has found that the Buda, Texas-based company has…

Cyber Monday shoppers: Get the real deal and avoid online crooks

Today is “Cyber Monday,” a day for folks who like to find good deals, but don’t want to fight the Black Friday crowds. Shopping online is convenient and there are a lot of good deals to be found, but there are also risks to shopping online.  It opens shoppers up to attacks from scammers and…