Holiday Shopping Tips

Last Editorial Review: 12/15/2005

Shopping? Then it pays to be a savvy consumer. These tips from the FTC will help you shop wisely.

Shop Wisely

  • Know who you're dealing with.
  • Protect your privacy.
  • While online order only on a secure server.
  • Guard your online password.
  • Pay the safest way.

Know Your Rights

  • Check the refund and return policy
  • Read the fine print.
  • Check delivery dates.
  • Review warranties.

Get the Best Deal

  • Compare prices.
  • Check shipping and handling fees.
  • Order early to allow plenty of time for shipment and delivery.

Keep Good Records

  • Track your purchases.
  • Keep receipts & website printouts

Source: Federal Trade Commission

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