Watch Out for These Scams on Cyber Monday!
Disclosure: This is a guest post.
From the Black Friday sales to the Cyber Monday sales, the weekend following Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping periods of the year. Thousands of families and shoppers hope to be able to clear off the names on their Christmas lists with wonderful gifts purchased while on sale. However, it’s also a favorite time for scam artists. They know that people expect to find great deals, and they know that when people are expecting great deals, they aren’t as likely to ask questions or do their research. Here are some of the most common scams that you will need to keep an eye out for.
Discount DVD Scams
DVDs are one of the most popular sources for scam sales. Oftentimes, these DVDs are knockoffs, made to look like the real thing. Since most people don’t actually check out these DVDs until a few weeks after the purchase when they give them as Christmas gifts, it’s an easy way to scam people out of their money. What makes it trickier is the fact that most DVDs do go on sale at this time. It’s not uncommon to find $2 and $4 DVDs and Blu-rays. Always examine the case of the DVDs. This is generally where you can see that it is a scam. Scam DVDs are typically cheaply packaged with obvious copies and poor lamination. They will also have foreign characters on the back rather than English.
Coupon Packet Sales
Everyone wants to get a great deal, but the problem is when scammers realize they can benefit from this desire. It’s a misdemeanor in most states to sell coupons, and in others, it’s a felony. But that doesn’t keep people from trying to sell them. The worst part is that the coupons that you buy through these individuals are generally worthless. The stores won’t accept them. So if you see someone advertising “JC Penney coupons – save 25 %” all for the low price of $5 for a savings filled packet, avoid it. The one exception to coupon packet sales is the limited instances when schools and charities are allowed to sell coupons to help raise money for particular non-profit organizations.
Knock-Off Brand Televisions
Even though the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend are well known as times for discounts on televisions, you need to watch to make sure that you don’t accidentally purchase a low quality or knock-off brand television. The best deals on the best name brands generally aren’t on Cyber Monday at all. Instead, these go on sale right before Christmas. Medium to low quality brands go on sale during this weekend with some scammers offering knock-off brands that look like the high quality brands. Always verify the product and the offer before paying for it.
Cyber Monday can be a great time to save money, but if you aren’t careful, you’ll wind up losing it. You need to check out the various products before you buy them, even if they are just DVDs. You must also make sure that you don’t pay for coupons. With only a few exceptions, this is almost always a scam.