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November 27, 2017 06:47 AM

Safe Shopping On Cyber Monday

Sioux Falls

The National Retail Federation coined the term "Cyber Monday" in 2005. And this year, more than $6 billion is expected to be spent online. 

College student Benjamin Ostebee spent Black Friday at The Empire Mall, but he's waiting to make some big purchases this morning. 

"I'm going to be with the people I'm living with next year. We're going to be surfing the web, looking for stuff for our house," Ostebee said. 

And Ostebee won't be alone. 

Cyber Monday is expected to be the largest online shopping day in U.S. history. 

"Whether people are on their break, their lunch, or not any of those things, they're using their phones, they're using their tablets and they're using their computer," Better Business Bureau Director Jessie Schmidt said. 

Schmidt says with so much hype surrounding the day, it's easy to get caught up in a sticky situation. 

"Read the fine print. What's the return policy? all of those things are as applicable on Cyber Monday as they are on any other day of the week," Schmidt said. 

Schmidt says before checking out make sure you take a look at the URL of the webpage you're visiting. 

"You want to ensure that there's an 'https' in that URL line or a padlock as you're entering entering your credit card information," Schmidt said. 

And when you're ready to buy, the type of plastic you use matters. 

"You have some security with a credit card that you may not have with a gift card or you may not have with a debit card," Schmidt said. 

Ostebee says he's keeping those tips in mind. Because if you're careful, you can't beat the convenience of the day. 

"I think a lot of people just don't want to have to deal with the lines. They can just sit and refresh their computers. It's a lot easier for some people," Ostebee said. 

Schmidt of the BBB also says this is a good day to update your virus software on your home computer to avoid any potential bugs ruining your shopping experience. 


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