Is Dad an adventure seeker? Is he up for the thrill of skydiving, whitewater rafting or other exciting adventures? With Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends that shoppers study the fine print before purchasing high adventure activities or gift certificates for Dad.
Ask around. Ask friends, verify references, and be sure to research company backgrounds atbbb.org before making a purchasing decision.
Check for additional fees and restrictions. Make sure you know if any additional fees apply for things like equipment rental, meals and transportation. Check for other restrictions; some high adventure activities restrict those with certain health issues.
Make sure Dad’s schedule is compatible. Some outdoor thrills can only be experienced during a certain season or time of day; most require advance reservations.
Check the refund policy and expiration date. When buying expensive items or gifts, get refund, exchange, warranty and guarantee policies in writing. Make sure you know the expiration date of the offer, and if a refund is available if the voucher or certificate can’t be redeemed. Some gift certificates and discount coupons are transferable and some are not. Are there any cancellation penalties? What is considered a valid cancellation reason for the buyer? Under what conditions is a full refund available?
Read rental agreements carefully. Make sure you have a written contract for any recreational rentals (cabins, all-terrain vehicles, campers, kayaks, motorcycles, etc.). The agreement should spell out base rental cost, daily fees, insurance, and other details, including time restrictions. If at all possible, visually inspect the rental prior to committing.
Be clear on the details. What services and equipment are included? Ensure taxes, service fees and other charges are clearly disclosed. Asterisks are commonly used to indicate restrictions, such as additional charges. Look for a “conditions” clause. Read the small print to see if it alters the original offer. Get a gift receipt and enclose it with your Father’s Day card.