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Don't buy scary stuff


The Better Business Bureau says be careful this Halloween, especially when shopping at pop-up retail stores and online “bootiques.”

Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the United States, falling just behind Christmas. Don’t be haunted by low-quality products and spooky service:

• Be cautious with seasonal stores. Transitional store locations and temporary staffing of pop-up businesses may lead to increased difficulties in resolving post-holiday consumer disputes. Read store terms and conditions carefully before buying.

• Be on the lookout for devilish links. According to, Halloween is the most profitable celebration for fraudsters. Beware of suspicious web links.

• Pay by credit card. Cash purchases are nearly impossible to refund, but credit transactions can be easily canceled if products are misrepresented or not delivered.

• Certain decorative contact lenses are illegal. Buying these lenses over-the-counter is illegal and can seriously damage eyesight.


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