Monday, 19 March 2018 17:25

Use Toys R Us gift cards now, BBB recommends

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BANGOR - Toys R Us is closing or selling all of its U.S. stores, so folks at the state's Better Business Bureau are telling customers to use any gift cards now or risk losing out.

There is a going-out-of-business sale going on currently at the Bangor Mall store and the Babies R Us store in South Portland, and the clearance sale at the Toys R Us in South Portland starts Thursday.


Once the stores are closed, customers with gift cards will be out of luck.


“That is why I am encouraging people, if they do have a Toys R Us or Babies R Us gift card, that they should go very quickly to the store and get what they need,” said Paula Fleming, chief marketing and sales officer for the state's Better Business Bureau.


The toy company filed for bankruptcy in September.


To protect customers, the Better Business Bureau has suggestions for gift purchasers.


They say, if there are news articles reporting a company is on shaky ground, it might be best to purchase a gift card from another retailer.


They also suggest buying gift cards with credit cards as well as checking the terms and conditions of cards purchased to see if they can be used elsewhere.


And, finally, to use the cards as quickly as possible.