Shopping For a Worthy Cause This Holiday Season

Look closely at retailers promises when it comes to donating to charity. 

(Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

‘Tis the season of giving. So how about considering a gift that also lets you give back?

Some retailers donate a portion of their sales to charity, so why not give them your business? Well, maybe you should, but Consumer Reports suggests looking closely at the fine print, before you do.

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(Published Thursday, July 19, 2018)

Ideally, it’s a win-win. But you gotta make sure that the companies are as generous as they want you to think they are.

Consumer Reports says the key, is transparency. So look on a company’s website, for information about its giving policy.

Amazon Smile, for example, states very clearly that they donate one-half of one percent of all eligible purchases to the participating charity of your choice.

You want to be skeptical if the retailer says it’s going to give a portion of the proceeds, but doesn’t tell you exactly how much. And, don’t give anyone your business strictly to support a good cause. Make sure you’re getting at least the same price and service you would get, if you shopped elsewhere. Because, for example, buying that 4-hundred dollar television, on AmazonSmile results in a donation of roughly two dollars. But if you can get a better price on a television elsewhere, you can always save yourself some money and go ahead and make that charitable donation, on your own.

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(Published Thursday, July 19, 2018)

Consumer Reports also suggests taking a close look at return policies, before deciding where to make your purchases. Particularly during the holiday season. You want to be sure whoever you’re gifting to can make exchanges and returns, if they need to.