Better Business Bureau Warns of Shopping Scams, Offers Tips Ahead of Prom Season

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

High School prom season is just about here and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning parents of prom goers of shopping scams. 

According to the BBB Scam Tracker, there have been hundreds of online shopping scams in the last few months. 

"Teenagers and their families can drop hundreds of dollars during prom season. BBB advises shopping with accredited businesses to avoid scams and hidden fees,” said Paula Fleming, spokesperson for the local BBB.

BBB is offering the following prom tips for parents and students: 

Prom Attire. The average price for a prom dress or a tuxedo can range from $100 to $400, but designer dresses can easily cost up to $1000. If your daughter wants to wear a designer gown, buy it from a reputable retailer. What seems like a great deal may be a knock-off dress.

Beauty Services. The prom is a time to look glamorous, but beauty is expensive. The cost for tanning, nail salons, professional hair and makeup could range from $175 to $500. When scheduling appointments on prom day, be sure to leave extra time in case the hairdresser or nail salon is overbooked.

Transportation. The average cost of a limousine on prom night can range from $200 to $500, depending on the type of vehicle and the number of hours needed. Parents should make sure that they have a written contract that includes the hours of service, required fees including gratuities and maximum capacity allowed.

Flowers. Flowers for the prom can range from $20 for a simple corsage or boutonniere to $75 for a bouquet of roses. If you are ordering flowers, make sure you use a reliable local florist and have a written order that details delivery times and specific types of flowers.

Photography. You have to have special photos of such a special night. Depending on whether you use the official prom photographer or hire a professional photographer, the cost can range from $30 to $250. If you’re hiring a professional photographer, make sure you have a written contract so that you understand what is included.

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