For Immediate Release:
Friday, November 20, 2020

Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Issues Holiday Shopping Tips


NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today issued annual Holiday Shopping Tips to help protect consumers’ identity and money during the holiday season. The tips, which will soon be available in additional languages, include creating a budget and shopping early, and information about consumer rights, how to be a smart shopper and how to avoid common holiday scams.

“We all know the holiday season will look very different this year and, as shoppers, we need to adapt and be smart,” said DCWP Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “I urge New Yorkers to create a realistic budget and stick to it, and don’t wait until the last minute to start your shopping—many retailers are expecting shipping delays. Also, support your local businesses but be safe when you do so we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. I wish all New Yorkers a well-deserved joyous holiday season.”

Holiday Shopping Tips

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCWP licenses more than 59,000 businesses in more than 50 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCWP protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCWP empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCWP also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCWP and its work, call 311 or visit DCWP at nyc.gov/dcwp or on its social media sites, , , and .

Media Contacts:
Abigail Lootens | Melissa Barosy
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
(212) 436-0042
press@dca.nyc.gov
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