SPRINGFIELD, Mo — Procrastinating holiday shoppers have less than 72 hours to finish out their Christmas lists. Many will turn to gift cards. After all, a recent study said that 6 out of 10 people prefer them as gifts!
But the Springfield Better Business Bureau is warning people looking for blazing deals.
“We can get just about everything when it comes to complaints,” said Springfield BBB Regional Director Stephanie Garland. “We hear about how the gift card has been expired or how there are a lot of fees in it.”
“Maybe it was supposed to be $20 but with fees it turned out to only be $15. Then people are having to spend their own money as well as the gift card to buy the item.”
“Sometimes they can be a bigger hassle than what it’s worth,” warns Garland.
When purchasing gift cards, here are some things the Better Business Bureau says to watch out for:
Online Auctions: You have no way of seeing how much is actually left on the gift card. If the deal looks way too good to be true, it probably is!
Exposed Security Seals: If you head into the store to buy a gift card, take a look at the packaging and and at the security code on the back. Make sure that the seal hasn’t been worn off or damaged.
Expiration Dates and Fees: Not all gift cards have been made equal! Some gift cards will expire or come with fees. Read the fine print to know that you’re buying a card that won’t be problematic for the recipient.