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Category Archives: Holidays

President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips Posted on Feb 18

President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips

Annual President’s Day car sales are in full swing, and shoppers are expected to make big purchases. This holiday weekend consumers should prepare for high markups on vehicle prices due to inventory issues and chip shortages. Make sure to read the fine print while shopping   …Continue Reading President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips

Top 10 Worst Products for MA Consumers List of 2021 Posted on Dec 31

Top 10 Worst Products for MA Consumers List of 2021

As part of our ongoing consumer education and outreach, OCABR is again sharing its “Top 10 Worst Products for Massachusetts Consumers List” of 2021. The use of the products featured on this list have resulted in legal or legislative action, recalls, and/or other measures to protect   …Continue Reading Top 10 Worst Products for MA Consumers List of 2021

Scam Alert: Charitable Giving Fraud Posted on Nov 23

Scam Alert: Charitable Giving Fraud

The holiday season brings out the best in people, and that often means making charitable donations.  While we get into the gift giving spirit this month, scammers are finding new ways to take advantage of your generosity through charity scams. This year Massachusetts joined the   …Continue Reading Scam Alert: Charitable Giving Fraud

New State Holiday “Juneteenth Independence Day” Posted on Jun 17

This year for the first time, Juneteenth will be celebrated as a state holiday. Governor Baker signed this into law on July 24, 2020, to recognize “the continued need to ensure racial freedom and equality.” Juneteenth is an annual celebration commemorating the end of slavery   …Continue Reading New State Holiday “Juneteenth Independence Day”

Shopping Series 2020: Third Party Vendors Posted on Dec 7

Shopping Series 2020: Third Party Vendors

The pandemic has forced consumers to shop online with increasing frequency. However, when buying virtually, things are not always as they seem. Unlike when you enter a brick and mortar store, when you shop online– even with brands you know and trust– you are not   …Continue Reading Shopping Series 2020: Third Party Vendors

Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping Posted on Nov 25

Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are days away. And, the countdown to Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza is on. Are you ready to shop this holiday season? As you make your shopping list and check it twice, you will likely find yourself buying more things online   …Continue Reading Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping

Trick or Treat Yourself to our Halloween Tips! Posted on Oct 17

Trick or Treat Yourself to our Halloween Tips!

  Halloween season with all its spooky and scary glory is right around the corner! Despite all the fun that arises on Halloween night, taking safety precautions for both adults and children is important for a stress-free experience! Our tips and tricks below are the   …Continue Reading Trick or Treat Yourself to our Halloween Tips!

Summer Consumer Guidelines Posted on Jul 23

Summer Consumer Guidelines

Summer is here and Massachusetts is starting to heat up. Taking simple safety precautions is more important than ever. Educate yourself on precautions you can take to have a stress-free and enjoyable summer. Going Abroad?  Get your vaccines or boosters. Refer to the Centers for   …Continue Reading Summer Consumer Guidelines

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Posted on Feb 12

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Many Americans are turning to the internet in order to search for love. Online dating and dating apps are the new wave of the future for both younger generations and   …Continue Reading There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams