5 Holiday Shopping Scams You Can Easily Avoid With These Tips

by | Dec 15, 2018

5 Holiday Shopping Scams You Can Easily Avoid With These TipsFinishing up your holiday shopping? Here’s how to keep the season merry and bright.

It’s that time of year when retailers pull out all the stops to make sure customers buy all their presents at their store. But that doesn’t mean all those deals are in your best interest. So to help you out MarketWatch has a list of five ways retailers will try to make you spend more than you planned this holiday season.

For example, know when free shipping isn’t really free. Some retailers require shoppers to spend a certain amount before earning free shipping. And a lot of people fall into that trap and will buy a twenty dollar item they don’t really need instead of paying the seven dollar shopping fee.

Another tip; watch out for the pop-up shop. The idea is to get the customer up close and personal with the products. According to recent studies you are more likely to buy a product if you touch it.

For three more traps to avoid, check out the original article now. Tis the season to be scammed.

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