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Beware of Holiday Online Shopping Scams

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 11/30/20

Ho Ho Ho… it's that time of the year again as we share the thrill of shopping for once-a-year deals and the whole experience of shopping online for those great online bargains.

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Beware of Holiday Online Shopping Scams

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Ho Ho Ho… it's that time of the year again as we share the thrill of shopping for once-a-year deals and the whole experience of shopping online for those great online bargains.

We Americans love this adventure and we spent more money holiday shopping in 2019 than ever before and more purchases happened online than in brick-and-mortar stores.

And of course with many holiday shoppers still facing the pandemic the move to avoid crowds makes online shopping the way to go for many this holiday season.

The holiday shopping experience shifts all our buying experience into overdrive and it tends to bring out the best and the worst aspects of shopping online.

A Consumer report card on shopping online gives some helpful hints of what to look out for when you turn on that computer for that shopping spree you wish you never took.

When looking at prices for products bad pricing isn't always obvious… it's always a good idea to compare prices across multiple websites to ensure the best deal.

Reviews are important shopping advice… beware of fake product reviews and consumers should look skeptically at reviews by examining them for repetition wording or anything that looks synthetic.

Another online warning comes from the fact that there is a lot of third party price hikes taking place so always check who you are buying the product from.

Shoppers should be aware of fake retailer websites and be real careful of advertising that comes to you via email or online ads.

Another consumer warning is be very careful of sellers online that disappear and reemerge… this is a clear warning that the seller has been suspended.

Some enjoy the crowds for holiday shopping but with all that is going on with the pandemic online shopping has indeed become a popular way to go.

Be safe, and be aware of who you are buying from… enjoy your holiday shopping.

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