Feature Articles: Shopping for Products & Services
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- International Driver's Licenses: A Dead End? [PDF]
Despite what some marketers might have you believe, international driverís licenses and permits (IDLs and IDPs) are useless unless youíre planning to drive while in a foreign country. The Federal Trade Commission is warning U.S. consumers about Web sites offering and promoting IDLs and IDPs as substitutes for state-issued driverís licenses.
- Is A Sale Price Your Best Deal? [PDF]
With consumers soon to be blanketed by pre-holiday sales, holiday sales and post-holiday sales, the trick is to make sure the deal you're getting is really the best deal. To help you get the most for you money, the Federal Trade Commission offers these tips.
- Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Keys to Buying Gold and Gemstone Jewelry [PDF]
If you're planning a special gift of gold or gemstone jewelry for Mom, your wife or your sweetheart this Mother's Day, it can help to take some time to learn the terms used in the industry.
- Paying Final Respects: Your Rights When Buying Funeral Goods and Services [PDF]
Briefly explains your rights under the Funeral Rule, including: when you arrange for a funeral, you have the right to buy goods and services separately. That is, you do not have to accept a package that may include items you do not want.)
- Pre-Planning Funerals Helps Make Decisions Easier [PDF]
The increasing trend toward pre-need planning-when people make funeral arrangements in advance-suggests that many consumers want to compare prices and services so that ultimately, the funeral reflects a wise and well-informed purchasing decision, as well as a meaningful one.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers seven steps to help shop for funeral products and services pre-need.
- Tips for Buying and Using Gift Cards [PDF]
What to look for when buying and using gift cards, especially the terms and conditions of their use.