Scammers and fraudsters are always lurking around, and they’re especially adept at taking the latest happenings and pouncing. It’s not a surprise then that fake and unauthorized at-home testing kits are popping up online as scammers take advantage of the increase in demand.
Just like deals started early for Black Friday 2021, the same is true for Cyber Monday. Americans are expected to spend $10.2 to $11.3 billion on Cyber Monday this year, according to Adobe Analytics, a number that could beat Black Friday sales.
Yes, it’s a thing. Small businesses want you to remember them by shopping at their stores, too. Many have websites, so you can also order online.About half of Americans plan to buy from a small business today. The Better Business Bureau has the following tips for shopping on Small Business Saturday:
You have until midnight today to score Black Friday bargains and some stores have sales that run for more days. A lot of the deals are online, so you don’t have to go to the store. Lots of people were out when I went to the mall where the Black Friday item I was looking for wasn’t available.
Holiday spending during November and December will grow between 8.5 percent and 10.5 percent over 2020 to between $843.4 billion and $859 billion, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. The NRF expects that online and other non-store sales will increase between 11 and 15 percent.
Scammers use a number of tactics to steal during the holidays, ranging from online shopping scams, to scams involving the draining of gift cards, to package and shipping scams. Seventy-five percent of consumers have been targeted or experienced at least one form of fraud that can be tied to the holidays.
Black Friday is a time that super sale shoppers look forward to every year. It’s possible to get good deals, and even great deals, but you need to compare prices so you don’t get tricked. This is easier this year because Black Friday sales have already started and consumers can do research online.
Veterans Day, which became a national holiday in 1938, is a day to recognize the contributions of the nation’s veterans. In a proclamation, President Joe Biden said: To those who serve and those that serve alongside them – their families and caregivers – we owe a debt we can never fully repay.
Many of things you may buy for the holidays, such as toys, laptops, and phones, have chips in them. Since there’s a global chip shortage, prices are going up, and items with chips will probably be harder to find. Scammers are taking advantage of these shortages and are trying to sell items in short supply.
Black Friday sales are already starting, so what you need to do is start watching the ads and continue to compare prices. While 2021 might be a more “normal” year than 2020, Black Friday 2021 will be more like last year than previous years.