Here are 7 back-to-school shopping tips you need to know

The coronavirus pandemic's effect has extended to the back-to-school shopping season, the second most important period for retailers behind the holidays.

Seems too soon but, school will be starting for thousands of students. While signaling the end of summer it also signals the start of back-to-school scams. Recently, in a news release the Better Business Bureau warned that, “Parents should be on the lookout for back-to-school scams this year because of inflation and product shortages.”

Parents are certainly going to turn to online shopping, and con artists will come up with new angles to take advantage of the mad rush for high-demand products. Scammers will target shoppers with phony deals, enticing ads, and attractive, but fake, websites.

Using figures from National Retail Federation as a gauge, shoppers are expected to spend an average of $864 per family. Spending for families with college-age students is pegged at $1,199. Overall family spending will top $37 billion dollars while college students’ families will spend more than $70 billion. For scammers those numbers are too big to ignore.