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Back to School Shopping Tips
It is that time again, when newspapers, television, social media, phone apps, stores, and the Internet begin to tell us of back-to-school specials. To help consumers prepare for and get the most out of their money, the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs offers the following tips for Back-To-School shopping.
- If you are heading away for college, get the details on how your dorm room is furnished and communicate with roommates about what items they will be bringing so that you can share the costs of extra furniture, appliances and electronics.
- Know return or cancellation policies before you buy and KEEP your receipt. Many times to return an electronic item you may have to pay a “restocking” fee. Under Ohio law, a store can set any refund policy it wants to, including not giving refunds, but it has to let you know what its policy is before you buy, for example, by posting a sign near the checkout.
- When shopping on-line use a credit card for added protection if something goes wrong. Federal law allows consumers to dispute unauthorized or incorrect credit card charges within 60 days after the first bill containing the error was mailed.
- If purchasing an item because of the rebate, make sure to follow the directions closely and complete all the requirements in the specific timeframe. Keep a copy for your records and if you do not receive your rebate, contact our department.
- Back-to-school shopping is a great opportunity for the family to involve everyone about budgeting, finding good deals, and understanding the difference between wants and needs. Younger kids can help cut coupons; older kids can compare costs and tally them up.
- Remember….the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday weekend is 8/7/15-8/9/15. This is the perfect time to grab those great back-to-school bargains! The extra savings is great, but don’t forget to compare prices to ensure you get the most savings and the best deals.
Contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs with your questions at (216) 443-7035
The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.