Safe shopping advice for Oxfordshire bargain hunters… Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Shoppers in Oxfordshire are being encouraged to be scam-aware and avoid their anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday online bargains becoming expensive rip-offs.

Safe shopping advice is from Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards team.

The two US-inspired bargain bonanza days have become popular with retailers in recent years, with consumers looking to pick up items, particularly online, in the run up to Christmas. This year Black Friday is 27 November and Cyber Monday is 30 November 2020. Many retailers are already promoting savings and likely to extend the sales period.

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “There will be plenty of genuine bargains this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’m sure, but scams and rip-offs too. In these difficult times, I don’t want any Oxfordshire resident to be conned out of their hard-earned money. My advice is when shopping online, take time to do your research before checking out your online basket. Use the tips suggested by our trading standards team.