Online giants and all-in-one-shop-stops have brick and mortar crumbling. Jared Cotter is talking with consumer expert Lisa Lee Freeman. She has four big ways retail bankruptcy affects you and what you can do about it.
1. Gift Cards
Don't buy any new ones. Even if they're tempting to buy because you find them on a discount online. Once bankruptcy is filed companies don't necessarily have to honor the value of the card.
Lisa Lee wouldn't’t recommend pulling out of the deal, because there is probably going to be a penalty, but just like gift cards, any value you've already put toward your items could be lost.
Look in the fine print and see if it would be honored if the retailer goes out of business. If yours is issued by a third party, you should be okay, but Lisa Lee says warranties are generally not worth it at all.
4. Going Out of Business Sales
Just assume everything is final sale and be sure to buy with credit, not cash or debit. This is even more important when shopping online.
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