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13 July 2017

Have you ever been signed up for a credit card without fully realizing what was going on? It can happen. People can be lured with promises of reward points or free gifts, and then end up agreeing to sign up for a credit card without being fully aware of what they are signing. Here is some information from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) about your rights and responsibilities regarding credit cards and consent.

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16 February 2017

How often do you shop online? Forester Research is predicting that Canadians will spend $39 billion online by 2019, representing 9.5% of all retail purchases in Canada. So what are we buying exactly? 

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06 February 2017

Flowers are always a nice way to show your appreciation for someone. I love that I can buy and send flowers online to someone whether they live in town or abroad – delivered right to their doorstep! Here are some tips if you choose to buy flowers online.

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30 January 2017

Have you heard about astroturfing? These are online reviews that appear real, but aren’t (just like plastic grass!). In this blog post, we’re sharing some tips on how to tell if an online review is real or not because, according to the Competition Bureau, an estimated 33% of all online reviews are fake!

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23 November 2015

When shopping online, one thing that is very different from buying from a brick-and-mortar store is that you have to wait for the product to arrive. You’ve gone through the whole buying process and just clicked that “buy” button. You’ve paid and now you have to wait for that package to arrive at your door. But wait, what if the package doesn’t show up even after a month of waiting? Let’s look at a couple scenarios for the answer. 

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09 November 2015

When you are buying online, it can feel like you have unlimited options of goods and services. When it comes to payment options, there are also many options to choose from. Credit cards, e-wallets such as PayPal and Google Checkout, bank transfers, cash on delivery, prepaid cards and the list goes on. In this blog post, let’s explore the credit card option when making purchases online.

Other Business

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02 November 2015

When I can’t find something I’m looking for, the one place I look is the Internet.  Just last month, I was in a store looking at a few unique socks (kitties, raccoons, seagulls…I know I’m strange!) thinking that they would make excellent holiday stocking stuffers. I went back to the same store a few days later and found an empty shelf.  Someone else had the same idea!  So I found the company’s website and considered ordering the socks online, noting that the company was based in the United States. 

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21 December 2012

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the mall,
Shoppers were wide eyed, finishing off their haul.
The store windows were decked out in their finest décor,
With tinsel and teddy bears and electronics galore.

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05 December 2012

This week we received the following question on our blog from a consumer.  Check out our video below for the answer!

Jeremy asks:

"Do the {BC gift card} laws only apply to the kind of gift card that is plastic with the magnetic strip?

My manager got me a gift card to a local restaurant (a general card for food and/or drinks), which is just a folded paper card listing the amount of the gift, who authorized it, etc. I recently found that it had fallen in-behind my bookshelf, but it is now 2 years past the expiry they wrote on it. They refuse to honour it. Do the laws still apply to local business gift cards? Or do they only apply to the plastic ones with magnetic strips? Thanks!"

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05 December 2011

Whether its for $5 or $500, gift cards make great little stocking stuffers and are the perfect gift for those hard to buy folks.  In British Columbia, since 2008,  gift cards for a monetary value are not allowed to have an expiry date.  There are exceptions for when a gift card can have an expiry date however, such as for a specific good like a hair cut or for a mall card, where the card is good at more than one store.  If you are planning on giving a gift card this year, keep reading to see more information and tips we have about gift cards!

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