Chicago, IL – May 2, 2013 – Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, is fast approaching. If you are planning on buying a gift, you should make sure to read the “fine print” that can prevent potential misunderstandings as we honor the 85.4 million mothers in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) reminds consumers it’s important to be a smart shopper when selecting a gift for Mom.
“Picking out a gift carefully is important. It is not uncommon that consumers find themselves in trouble when not all questions have been asked and answered about a product or service.” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Let this be the year you give a carefree gift to Mom.”
The BBB offers the following shopping tips for Mother’s Day gifts:
Gift Cards and Certificates: Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate prior to purchase to ensure that the expiration date and conditions won’t be a problem. If you are giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, be sure the gift card is redeemable for internet shopping and not just for in-store use. Make certain on a gift card that the security number hasn’t been revealed prior to purchase.
Electronics: Whether you plan to buy Mom an iPhone, laptop or other electronic device, be sure that you don't remove it from the box before wrapping it up. Many electronics stores require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges.
Clothing or Handbags: If you are planning to purchase clothing or a handbag for Mom, make sure you get a gift receipt in case she decides to return the item.
Cosmetics: If you are interested in purchasing cosmetics or fragrance, speak to the store about their return policy and keep the receipt. If she tries the product and is not satisfied, make sure to be aware of the store’s open item policy.
Guides, Tours and Classes: Yoga, wine tasting and cooking lessons are a fun way to celebrate and spend time with Mom. However, it’s important to get details about these classes and adventures in writing and in advance of the trip. Be sure to clarify all of the factors listed below:
· Are reservations required and if so, by when?
· What are the total costs and features?
· What services and equipment are included?
· Are taxes or any other charges added?
· Are there any restrictions or special time requirements?
· Are there any cancellation or refund penalties or policies?
For more tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.