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Be Smart When Purchasing a Father’s Day Gift, Says Better Business Bureau

Chicago, IL – June 12, 2013 – Father’s Day, June 16th, is just around the corner. As families look to celebrate this special day, the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) reminds consumers it’s important to carefully shop for a gift that gives Dad happiness, not troubles.

“When you are shopping for a gift, make sure you investigate the product, then read the fine print before making a purchase,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift.”

The BBB offers the following shopping tips for Father’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 give a camera, GPS system, or other electronic device, be sure that you don’t remove it from its box before wrapping it. Many electronics stores require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges.

Recreational Rentals: If you’re interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes, or other recreational equipment this Father’s Day, be sure that you get a written contract that includes details such as the base rental cost, daily fees, insurance and time restrictions. Also, take the time to visually inspect the rental and get written proof of any existing damage before renting.

Guides, Tours and Classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving and golf lessons are fun ways to celebrate and spend time together. 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 that you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

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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.

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