Find the Perfect Gift at an Independent Toy Store in Oakland County

Are you looking for a unique and special toy? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of extraordinary items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more this holiday season and throughout the year. When you shop small, you can support local businesses and find the perfect gift all at the same time. Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure.

Did you know Oakland County’s Shop Small Business Saturday to Saturday contest is going on now through Saturday, December 2nd? You can enter for a chance to win prizes by submitting uploads of your shopping receipts from small businesses in Oakland County. There’s really no better time to shop small at an Independent Toy Store! Continue reading

Shop Small at Oakland County Independent Toy Stores

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Are you shying away from big chain stores this holiday season? Is supporting local businesses important to you? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of unique items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more. The perfect gift may be waiting for you to find it. Be a hero and surprise your little loved ones with something they’ll treasure! Take a look at our interactive map for locations before you go.

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Shop Small in Oakland County on Nov. 26th and You Could Win!

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Oakland County is proud to support Small Business Saturday, a national celebration that’s held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We encourage our citizens to shop small on November 26th to keep spending dollars in the local economy. While that’s reason enough, we’ve also created a #ShopSmall contest to support our small businesses where shoppers can win up to $5,000.  Continue reading

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

464263169 When shopping from home tonight (Cyber Monday), beware of online scams and malware-ridden links. Here are some tips to use when shopping online:

Online Shopping Tips

  • If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Go right to the source. If you get an email, text or social media link to a coupon or store special, don’t click the link. Type the website into your browser.
  • Look for https. Before you enter any credit card number, you should see https and a padlock on the website’s URL. This means the connection is encrypted.
  • Lower prices can cost a lot. Knockoffs, stolen goods on auction sites or gray market merchandise (manufactured for other countries), may be cheaper, but the warranty will not be honored and may not be up to stringent US safety regulations.
  • Classified ads can be risky. Merchandise could be stolen or not as promised.
  • Use only a credit card or well-established online payment systems like PayPal. Most Credit Card companies have fraud protection.
  • Lastly, check your credit card statement at the end of the day. Make sure it’s from a fresh browser session, not the browser session you were shopping with.

Use these tips for a safer online shopping experience this Holiday Season and throughout the year. Phil Bertolini Thank you to Oakland County, Deputy County Executive-CIO, Phil Bertolini, for providing these online shopping safety tips. Stay connected with Oakland County Government at www.oakgov.com, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.