InFocus: Holiday shopping protections and supporting the local economy

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The 2016 Holiday shopping season is in full swing. Thousands of people will brave the cold and hit the stores for best Black Friday sales.  Just how important are the end of the year holidays to our economy?

Sunday on 22News InFocus, we'll discuss strategies

for keeping your money, purchases and identity safe by avoiding internet schemes, as well as how to research products, companies, and charities before making a purchase or donation.

We'll also take a look at trends for 2016 including what people are looking to buy, whether to pay with credit cards or cash, and the benefits and drawbacks of shopping at a store and online.

We'll also talk about how shopping locally benefits the community's economy. And it's not just retailers.  Restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and other travel related industries get a boost from the influx of spending for the holidays.

Be sure to watch 22News InFocus this Sunday at noon. You can see the program LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the new 22News app. And if you miss it, you'll find it on our website at

Links to information for consumers:

Better Business BureauSpringfield Mayor's Office of Consumer Information, Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Downtown Northampton Association,Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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