8 tips when shopping at fall fairs


(WTNH) — When you go to a local fair it may be easy to get caught up in the moment and buy something on impulse.

But what if you realize you didn’t really need that necklace or inflatable sword?

News8 and the Better Business Bureau have tips to follow before you buy a bigger ticket item or sign a contract.

You want to make sure you’re getting a good deal from a reputable company.

“Definitely do the research,” says William Pratt with Casanova Remodeling. “You just don’t want to come to the fair and the first thing you see you want to buy even the little knick knacks that you get you want to walk around the whole fair so you see everything before you get it.”

His company Casanova Remodeling which is out of Plymouth is selling a gutter protection system. We found a couple of those products showcased at the Haddam Neck Fair.

While some vendors do have a brick and mortar store others are only at local fairs and next week they’ll be gone.

Check for signs that say if the sale is final.

You can also access the Better Business Bureau’s Business Reviews on your smartphone to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company.

Ask for a written copy of the refund and exchange policies as well as the contact information and physical address in case you have to return an item after the fair has ended.

You should also do some comparison shopping to make sure you are getting a good deal.

“I’ve probably been burned before with some tools I bought here at one point but they were a buck so who cares. Buyer beware,” says Tom Darcy of Lyme.

Don’t be pressured to buy.

After the sales pitch give yourself time to think about it.

You should also ask the vendor if a sale price will be honored after the fair or if this is a “one time only” discount.

It may give you more time to think about the purchase.

MP Impressions is a local business – so some who see Kristina Araba here become repeat customers later.

“Yeah they can refund it they can exchange it so it wouldn’t matter you want to get another one,” says Araba who is happy to hand out her business card to customers.

While some vendors don’t have an actual store you may be able to catch up with them at the next fair and get an exchange if you’re not happy with an item.

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