Saturday, December 1, 2012
Used responsibly, credit cards can offer extra benefits and protections for your holiday gift purchases.
American consumers use credit cards more during the month of December than in any other calendar month. The Federal Reserve reported that last December shoppers spent over $851 billion on their credit cards. Credit cards have a bad reputation, because people tend to spend more than they can afford, and get into financial trouble when the interest starts to rack up. But when used wisely, credit cards can actually provide consumers with added protections against fraud and theft, and they can extend warranties on purchases. When you're shopping online, your purchases are protected against damaged or missing items. Some credit cards offer price protection, where the card issuer will refund the difference if you find a lower price on a purchase…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Downtown shops will once again host their annual holiday evening, complete with carols and characters.
Downtown Doylestown shops will hold their annual Holiday Magic celebration on Friday night, hoping to lure shoppers in with a fun and festive atmosphere. The evening runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and many shops that typically close earlier than that will stay open late. "Holiday Magic is an annual town tradition that we are pleased to be continuing," said Nerice Kendter, owner of Busy Bee Toys and a member of the downtown merchants' group. "It's a wonderful event offering something for the whole family." Town & Country Players will serenade passers by with carols, and Frosty and Rudolph will visit with children Santa has taken up residence at his house at the corner of State and Hamilton streets, ready to hear from good little girls and boys…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The Bucks County Office of Consumer Protection warns shoppers to avoid some common mistakes during this holiday season.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
During the holiday season, consumers are busy visiting family and friends, and gift shopping. Our office would like to remind Bucks County residents of a few consumer-related holiday tips to make your experience a pleasant one. First, do your research. Comparison shop for the best price, and find out all you can about an item before you purchase it. Bring your research and advertisement with you to the store to avoid any discrepancy. Know the refund policy of the merchant you are buying from. Retail stores in Pennsylvania are permitted to set their own refund and exchange policies. Make sure you know the store’s policy. If you do not see it clearly spelled out, ask. And remember to always read the fine print. When making purchases, keep …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
All of PECO's work in downtown Doylestown will be finished by Wednesday and won't resume until after the start of the new year.
PECO's recent work in downtown Doylestown has left sidewalks torn up, making the downtown business district difficult to navigate. That work will come to an end Tuesday, and the sidewalks will be restored and all equipment removed on Wednesday, just in time for the arrival of Santa on Friday night - and the holiday shopping season. "We did not want to do anything between the arrival of Santa and the beginning of the year," borough manager John Davis said during Tuesday night's council meeting. PECO "did agree to put their efforts on hold, and everything will be buttoned up by this Wednesday." PECO has been thoroughly inspecting its electrical equipment in downtown Doylestown, after a series of power outages throughout the year cut critical…
Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Doylestown Under One Roof" gave shoppers a jump-start on the holiday season and an introduction to some of the town's newest merchants.
Thanksgiving turkeys haven't even been defrosted, but that didn't seem to make a difference to a number of Doylestown shoppers who got a jump-start this week on their holiday gift buying. "Doylestown Under One Roof" featured more than 15 downtown merchants and samples of their wares during a three-hour shopping event at the James-Lorah Memorial Home. Monkey's Uncle store owner Jeanell Morgan spearheaded the event. The idea came out of some informal weekly meetings that some of the merchants along State and Main streets attend, she said. "We just meet to see how we can better each other's business," Morgan said. "We felt that it would be a good way to sample Doylestown, if you've never been to Doylestown before." The group, which …