BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – There is a school for several students in the capital region, and now that we have a better idea of what the school will be like, we have some tips on shopping for school supplies. While teachers and students stock up for a safe year, the BBB has some tips on how to keep spending to a minimum.
“You want to make sure you identify your needs,” said Carmen Million, president / CEO of the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana. “When you need to buy something like a laptop or an iPad. You want to make sure you identify and compare those needs, so you want to make sure you go online and check prices whether they are local stores or online to make sure you do your homework. “
The BBB recommends the following tips when looking for school-related items, either in person or online.
Retailers aim to keep shoppers coming back, but with limitations. Mask requirements, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and other precautions may still apply to some locations, as may rules for those who have not been vaccinated. When trying on the latest fall fashion, contact the dealer beforehand for your requirements. Consider the following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection Items on arrival at home.
You should also research large tickets. Check with your child’s school to determine their technology needs and whether any changes are needed to high-speed home internet. Accordingly NRF, 63% of consumers expect at least some of their school and college courses to be online this year, compared to 55% at the time of Original survey was carried out in July 2020.
Before buying an expensive laptop, tablet, or other computing accessory, do research on brands, warranties, customer reviews, and prices at various stores to make sure you get the best deal. Also check out the retailer’s reputation on BBB.org.
You should shop smart with sales and tax-free weekends. Compare prices between different retail stores, save on coupons, sign up for email notifications and redeem any cashback or discount offers. This will help get the best deals and stay on budget. Also, your state may have a tax-free weekend where you can buy clothes, school supplies, and other items without paying sales tax. To see what your state has to offer, visit this resource from the Federation of Tax Administrators.
Ask about discounts. Many stores and software companies offer discounts. Some of them are available to students who have either an .edu email address or student ID. Others may have a discount for signing up for marketing materials or browsing the web for online coupons and discounts (make sure they are connected to the merchant). Even if you don’t see a discount advertised in-store, it doesn’t hurt to ask for it.
Consider buying in bulk. In a face-to-face meeting, some teachers may ask parents to buy bulk items (paper towels, handkerchiefs, tissues, hand sanitizer) for the entire classroom that can be used year round. Compare lists with other parents and see if the cost can be shared.
Here are some tips from BBB when it comes to purchasing tech supplies for back to school.
- Buy from known retailers. Laptops, tablets or other technical accessories can be a big investment. Shop with companies you know and trust to make sure you are getting a quality product and customer service.
- Don’t buy from scammers. Scammers can use the name, logo, and other traits of brands you trust. Double check the website to make sure they are who they claim to be.
- Be careful with low prices. Low prices and short term sales can be a sign that you have encountered a scam. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Some companies rarely offer sales. Do more research when a company that rarely discounts products has a big sale. The products could be used, refurbished, or it could be a fake website.
- Know what you are shopping for. Set a budget, identify which skills will benefit your student, and compare your options. Then look for a reliable seller. Finding the best product for your needs will help you avoid buyer fraud and remorse.
- Make sure you know who the seller is. Some big box retailers allow third party sellers to offer items on their website, and these items can be difficult to distinguish from the others. Read the fine print to make sure you are happy with the seller.
- End your shopping early. Delivery bottlenecks are possible, especially as many consumers are starting to shop for the same products. Shop now to avoid paying higher prices or falling victim to fraud.
Learn more about avoiding fraud when shopping online: BBB tip: Smart online shopping.
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