Buyer Beware On Cyber Monday

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KELOLAND Investigates has a warning about shopping on websites with amazing deals and how you can tell if they’re real or fake. 

90 percent off on Cyber Monday! Seem’s like an incredible Black Friday deal. We looked at a website called TwinkleDeals.com. 

If you keep looking around the homepage, you’ll why these deals may be enticing. 

They’re showcasing amazing deals like this sweater normally $33, now only $6.99. Or this shirt that’s normally $43, now $10.99. 

“You’re going to see that they have very bad ratings; that they aren’t responsive to customers; that you can’t get a hold of anybody; that the merchandise is inferior quality. And you’ll see that many of these organizations have an “F” rating,” said Jessie Schmidt, BBB.

Twinkle Deals has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau. 
 
Check out FashionMia.com. Another Cyber Monday 90 percent off sale! Another F rating. 

“Fake merchandise, fake websites, longer return policies. The total opposite of what you’re seeing in real mainstream retail,” Schmidt said. 

Another discount website JPedy also has an “F” rating and the BBB tells us the Roanoke, Virginia listed on the site is fake.  

Another type of problem the Better Business Bureau is spotting – unlicensed athletic jerseys. 

“It is illegal to sell Packer wear. Cleveland Cavaliers wear–they’re not paying royalties to the team or the NBA,” Schmidt said. 

We found one of these types of websites…. complete with the N-C-A-A logo. MichiganFanStore.com claims to be selling all the Michigan apparel with 100 percent satisfaction; but they’re not satisfying the licensing requirement.  

Here’s what the BBB says you need to be looking for when shopping online:

– Check the businesses BBB rating.
– Is there a long time shipping or is it shipping from China? The BBB says this is a big red flag. 
– The biggest one: Are the prices too good to be true? That probably means they’re knock-offs of the real thing, or in other words–fake.

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