WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – With the holiday season in full swing, many are making lists early to try and land hot-button items. Big box retailers say they aren’t sure what in-store supply will look like for certain items, but that concern is transitioning to online shopping, too.
“This year is going to be a weird holiday season when it comes to shopping. So, it is advisable not to delay said Denise Groene with the Better Business Bureau. A lot of these retail stores aren’t sure if they are going to get additional inventory.”
While it is better to shop online earlier, Groene warns people to shop smart, too. Seeing popular items like video game consoles in high demand, they are also more difficult to come by from trusted retailers. This makes it easier for scammers to act.
“It creates the opportunity for scammers to create fictitious websites, putting the hottest deals out there, trying to lure you in so they can get your credit card information, and then they will leave you with nothing,” Groene said.
She said another issue in getting popular items from trusted retailers online is access and how others are keeping you from them.
“Scammers use bots to buy hot, desirable items and they they will make fake websites to try and sell you those items,” Groene said.
Internet bots make it more difficult for consumers to land wanted items online without paying more in resale markets.
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