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Better Business Bureau: Check out firms before you buy your Mother’s Day gifts from them

Flowers, candy, gift baskets, jewelry, and spa treatments may be at the top of the Mother’s Day shopping list, but consumers need to be careful.

“Mother’s Day shoppers should be thinking about ‘when’ and ‘where’ to buy, especially with online orders and last-minute purchases,” Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington, said in a statement. “Whether it is days or months in advance – or even after the holiday – BBB can help buyers screen sellers.”

The BBB has had the following inquiries in the last 36 months:

  • 6,609 on “Florists – Retail”
  • 5,362 on “Candy & Confectionery – Retail”
  • 7,785 on “Gift Baskets & Parcels”
  • 71,335 on “Jewelers – Retail”
  • 9,537 on “Day Spas”

Smart start: Search retailers, shops, and other services on

Online orders: Review guarantees, shipping policies, delivery dates, and charges on “rushed” orders. Provide contact information so companies can confirm shipping status.

Store shopping: Inspect products thoroughly and keep track of all purchase paperwork – including gift receipts.

Payment protections: Collect customer service information, save receipts, and pay by credit card when possible.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Giving your mother a breakfast in bed with a bouquet of flowers on the side will surely bring her a smile. Do all the chores too! :D
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BBB urges consumers to take extra precaution with placing floral orders, especially online. “Not all online florists are the same,” says Katherine Hutt, spokesperson for the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “While some people are extremely happy with their online floral purchases, others find themselves disappointed when the flowers don’t arrive on time, or don’t arrive at all.” In 2011, more than 96,000 consumers searched for trustworthy florists on Most major floral delivery services are BBB Accredited Businesses, as are more than 500 local florists across the U.S. and Canada.

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