Scams to Beware of This Holiday Shopping Season
The closer we get to Christmas the more frantic people will become to obtain the items they’re after. Sadly, some people will go about obtaining their holiday items by less than honest means. This results in the people who bought the items in question being left with nothing. Except for the feeling that comes from being victimized.
So far, I’ve been made of four methods that are being used this holiday season. While each one varies in method, the result is the same.
The Item You Ordered Isn’t the Item That You Received
Many people today do the bulk of their holiday shopping online. This, unfortunately, opens them up to being taken advantage of. Big-ticket items such as video game consoles are often easier bought from an online retailer. Rather than fighting the crowds at a brick and mortar location.
People order these items and wait for them to arrive at their front door. Only once the package arrives they open only to discover that it’s not the item that they had ordered. The item is normally replaced with something that is comparable in weight. This usually occurs when the item is being packaged, before it ships out to the consumer.
Sites Sell Bad Download Codes
The rise in digital game sales has resulted in many places selling download codes for games. Sometimes these codes are good for the redemption of a game. Other times they can be used to access in-game currency, or game time.
During the holiday season, you see many online shops suddenly open up literally overnight. Many of these places aren’t on the up and up. They sell people redeemable codes for their favorite games. When people go to redeem the codes, they turn out to be invalid. This one is sadly all too common in the digital age. Just remember if a site is claiming to sell you the newest Call of Duty for $10 it’s probably a scam.
You Never Receive Your Package
This one isn’t limited to just the holiday shopping season. This one is also self-explanatory, you make a purchase online, receive your shipping notification. Only your package never makes it to your front door.
There are generally two reasons behind a package never making it to its destination. The first is that it has been lost somewhere in transit. This could be because it was sorted wrong and ended up at the wrong address. If your package is coming from overseas, then chances are it’s been held up with customs.
The second reason is simply that your package has been stolen somewhere along the way. A package is handled by a lot of people between the time you purchase it and it arrives at your door. Sadly, not everyone is honest, and some people will help themselves to things that don’t belong to them.
The Game Has Been Opened & Resealed
Believe it or not, this happens, employees will open a video game. They will then swap the disc out for something else. Once that is done they re-wrap the game. All that is needed for the re-wrapping process is some wrap and a hair-dryer. This one isn’t as common as the others listed here, but it does happen.
It also isn’t limited to items that ship to your home, why this has been a problem at brick and mortar stores for years. It’s one that is rarely talked about, but it happens.
While there’s nothing you can do about your packages being hijacked in transit. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself.
- If offered buy insurance on your package
- Don’t buy download codes from shady websites, especially if they’re offering a significant discount
- If possible always get tracking for your package many big-box retailers offer this free of charge
- Always keep your receipt even from an online retailer
There are always going to be those that will take advantage of others especially during the holiday shopping season. Hopefully, this has helped make you aware of any potential issues and how to deal with them. Good luck with all of your holiday shopping and happy holidays.
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