Friday, October 28, 2011
Here today, gone tomorrow nature of seasonal stores can leave customers with a disappointing costume and no way to return.
Temporary costume stores like the inflatable pumpkin at State Fair Park and other Halloween boutiques pop up across the area in August, but are usually gone by Nov. 1. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is therefore advising last-minute shoppers to check the businesses out with the BBB before patronizing unfamiliar stores or websites. According to a release from the BBB, it "received 378 complaints about costume stores and websites last year. The complaints included deliveries that were late or never arrived, poor quality and difficulty obtaining refunds. Some customers found the stores closed when they returned to report a problem." “A costume may look cute and the price may seem right, but it pays to check into a site’s reputation and …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Better Business Bureau says charity hasn't renewed expired license since 2006.
According to a press release from the Better Business Bureau: You may have seen the ads in local community newspapers or heard the radio ads, including a catchy jingle that says, “Be a star, donate your car.” The charity behind the advertisements is Heritage For The Blind, a Brooklyn, New York-based organization, that, according to its website, works to help the blind and visually impaired and offers free information about vision loss and eye disorders. It has no office in Wisconsin, but is heavily advertising here, currently asking people to donate their “vehicles, boats and RV’s” and is actually offering a “free 3-day vacation” for doing so. According to the vacation offer’s details, “Donors will enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in the city …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Better Business Bureau warns that ticket scammers love the playoffs, too and provide advice to keep fans from getting burned.
Milwaukee Brewers fans beware! Scammers may be out selling fake playoff tickets. That the word from the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin (BBB) President and CEO Randall Hoth, who warns that "sports fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive." Reselling tickets has become a $10 billion a year business, including tickets bought and sold by professional brokers as well as those purchased and resold by speculators and season ticket holders. With the internet, the likelihood of being scammed rises dramatically as well. (Click here to see the Brewers playoff schedule.) The BBB offers the following advice for Milwaukee Brewers' fans seeking tickets:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
BBB says not all charities are legitimate, so be careful as 9/11 anniversary approaches.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The anniversary of the terroroist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is quickly approaching, envoking painful memories and for some, the urge to give back. But the Better Business Bureau wants to remind donors to keep a watchful eye out as scammers may try to take advantage of those willing to help out. In a press release issued Thursday, the BBB took a look at a recent Associated Press investigation which found that many 9/11 charities “failed miserably” in serving victims, their families and their memories, while continuing to collect donations. This past week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs warned that a scammer was calling residents in Northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay. More…