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Category Archives: Shopping 101

What You See is What You Get: Shopping Price Accuracy Posted on Mar 5

What You See is What You Get: Shopping Price Accuracy

Consumers deserve to feel confident that the price they see advertised in stores is the price they’re going to pay. That’s why the state’s Division of Standards (DOS) annually inspects retail stores to make sure their pricing is accurate. While overall inspectors find accurate pricing,   …Continue Reading What You See is What You Get: Shopping Price Accuracy

Layaway? Not exactly Posted on Mar 1

Layaway? Not exactly

In her novel Confessions of a Shopaholic, author Sophie Kinsella writes about shopping “you can always find something you want.” And as many consumers can attest, she’s right. In fact, the average consumer in the United States spends almost $2,000 a year on clothes and   …Continue Reading Layaway? Not exactly

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign. Posted on Jan 2

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Many Americans are looking to 2019 to be a year of self-improvement, with the most common resolution being a greater dedication to health and fitness.  If you plan to purchase a gym membership to kick start your new healthy lifestyle, make sure you have all   …Continue Reading New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Holiday Shopping Series: Bait and Switch Posted on Dec 13

Holiday Shopping Series: Bait and Switch

Most consumers have heard of the term “bait and switch,” but may not be aware when it happens to them. A sales representative may try to convince you to buy a different item than the one you came for, which may simply seem like a   …Continue Reading Holiday Shopping Series: Bait and Switch