Watch out for scams while enjoying the NC State Fair

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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The BBB of Eastern North Carolina is warning consumers to shop wisely while at the fair.

There is so much to do at this year's State Fair including rides, games, a variety of food, and also vendors selling you their goods.

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The BBB of Eastern North Carolina is warning consumers to shop wisely while at the fair. Mallory Wojciechowski of the BBB says, "With the number of vendors at the state fair and the number of people who attend, it's just important to remember that your day-to-day purchasing rules still apply."

The best advice is to do your research before buying anything.

Don't be pressured to buy no matter how pushy the salesperson maybe.

Wojciechowski adds, "We all have smartphones, look up that company ahead of time, find out if they have an actual physical location elsewhere, and find out other customers experiences with that company."

She also said consumers should find out about any warranty or guarantees on the product and look closely at the return policy.

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You want to be able to contact the company in case you have a problem with the product after the state fair ends.

The BBB also reminds consumers it's important to note that the Federal Trade Commission's "cooling-off rule," which normally allows consumers three days to cancel a purchase, does not apply to the following purchases at fairs:

Purchases under $25;Goods or services not primarily intended for personal, family, or household purposesInsurance, securities, or real estateMotor vehiclesArts and crafts

Also watch out for fake tickets online or being sold in person.