It’s Morning Edition on KRPS; I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro. Father’s Day is right around the corner. The National Retail Federation predicts spending for Father’s Day to reach more than $20.1 billion this year, with Americans spending an average of $174 per person. Also, at least 40% of those Father’s Day gifts will be purchased online. Recently, KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro spoke with Stephanie Garland of the Better Business Bureau who says to pay attention to stores return policies because they have likely changed due to the pandemic.
“What we’re wanting people to watch out for though, is if you’re buying a gift for Dad or Grandpa, making sure that you’re being careful when buying gift cards and gift certificates. Make sure that you’re reading the fine print, you understand the terms and conditions and you are checking the expiration date. Make sure that you also have a backup plan. Before you purchase you have to know the company’s return policy and complaint process. There have been a lot of changes this past year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the changes are to how gift cards are given to people and how gift certificates are given. And how long they last and are they returnable and all these things.”Stephanie Garland
While gift cards may be your go to when getting a last minute gift for Dad or your Grandpa, Stepahnie says that you should really understand the fine print such as the expiration date on the card. If there are any limitations and exclusions to using it. Rather than purchasing a gift card for a major retailer, consider purchasing one from a local retailer or store. Keeping your money in the local economy while getting your Father a great gift.
“A lot of times there are $1,000’s of dollars of gift cards every year that go unused. So perhaps instead of doing that, or if you’re not going to get a gift card, maybe get something special like a picture of you and Dad, something really sweet. But if you are going to get a gift card, consider shopping with a BBB accredited local business in your area, tha you can go in-person and buy it. We want to make sure that know, first of all by reading the companies return policy and complaint process, if something goes wrong and you’re not satisfied you know what to do next.”Stephanie Garland
Another benefit of shopping from local retailers, whether it’s getting a gift card or items, is that it’s likely the gift is local, and therefore you don’t have to worry about shipping and handling.
“Whether you’re going to the Farmer’s Market or going to local downtown Joplin is beautiful you just want to walk around. It’s supposed to be nice weather I understand. So now could be a great time to go out, as were seeing people, hugging people again. Now could be a great time for you to support your local small businesses. And of course small businesses are the backbone of America. The backbone of BBB and we definitely want you to support them.”Stephanie Garland
Stephanie Garland, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, MO.