National Consumers League

Giving thanks for online shopping


Many news outlets are reporting that, this year, Thanksgiving Day is the new Black Friday, with shoppers turning to the Internet to make early bird purchases on a holiday that has most retail brick-and-mortar stores closed. Some retailers are planning, for the first time this year, to open their doors Thanksgiving evening. Are you planning to take time out of your Thanksgiving Day schedule, busy with activities from stuffing turkeys and your own waistlines to football watching (and, oh right, being thankful), to log on and check out Thanksgiving Day deals? If you wait until Friday, will you be out of luck when it comes to this season's hot gift items? Whether you've already started your online shopping or plan to wait until Cyber Monday to start checking items off your gift-giving list, be sure to brush up on the latest tips about how to shop safely online. We don't want any cyber grinches taking the joy out of this holiday gift-giving season. Cheers!