Be Skeptical of Facebook Ads!
As consumers, we are constantly bombarded with ads on social media platforms like Facebook. These ads often feature products that seem too good to be true – ones that promise to solve all our problems, make our lives easier, or give us the perfect body in just a few weeks. While it’s tempting to click on these ads and make a purchase, it’s important to be skeptical and do your research before handing over your hard-earned money.
One reason to be skeptical of Facebook ads is that they can be misleading. The products they advertise may not live up to the hype, or they may be of poor quality. The most invasive ones that I want to point out are the ads that are scams, designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or paying for something that doesn’t exist. A recent example sent to me by a client, with photos of a $1,000 laser engraver, the Facebook ad purported to sell the same unit for only $50! The client was not aware of the cost of the unit, or possibly not laser engravers in general, so they reached out to share the tech-adjacent ad with us. In looking closer we found that many people reported ordering this and instead receiving a small clothing item valued at less than $5 instead.
Instead of falling for these ads, it’s a good idea to buy from reputable retailers that have good customer service and return policies. These retailers have a reputation to uphold and are more likely to sell high-quality products that meet your needs. They also typically offer better customer support if you have any issues with your purchase.
Along the lines of online shopping and being a skeptic, another thing to be aware of is purchasing from third-party sellers on online stores like Amazon.com and Walmart.com. These large vendors allow anyone to join their reseller program and list just about anything on their platform. While these stores have built a reputation for great customer service, price guarantees, and friendly return policies, purchasing from a third-party seller may not come with the same protections. This means that if you have any issues with the product, it may be more difficult to get a refund or exchange.
Online or offline it’s good practice to remain skeptical of any products or services that seem too good to be true, especially from companies that you’ve never heard of. Instead focus on vendors that offer good customer service and support, and back up their claims with a good return policy. Also be sure and read the fine print when purchasing from third-party sellers on online stores, often they sell used or refurbished items, or items without the same level of protection as the main retailer. By being cautious and doing your research, you can make informed decisions about your purchases and avoid potential scams or disappointments.