Arkansas consignment and antique shops seeing business increase

Local retail shops are seeing an increase in customers despite the impact that inflation is having on many big businesses.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — If you’ve shopped at any big retailer lately, then you’ve probably noticed a price increase on some items.

That’s something Heather Rynders, the owner of Fashion Exchange in Little Rock has noticed personally. 

“It’s been so hard lately, everything is so extremely expensive,” said Rynders.

The reason behind the uptick in prices on some of your favorites items is because of inflation rates.

However, despite pandemic woes, Fashion Exchange isn’t suffering.

“We’ve lowered our prices, rather than raise them right now,” Rynders said.

Her consignment shop relies on donors rather than vendors, so increased prices across the board aren’t impacting her.

“The luxury of having a resale business is that we get to sell things at a better price,” Rynders said.

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A year after he retired from Cisco Systems, John McHenry has opened On Your Left! Cycles bicycle shop in Holmen.

It opened in early November in Suite 524 in the Holmen Square shopping center at 500 N. Holmen Drive. And it’s the only bicycle shop in Holmen.

McHenry said his shop sells new and used bicycles, as well as bicycle apparel and accessories. It also repairs bicycles.

The new business is an authorized dealer for Cannondale, Serotta, Lynskey, Schwinn and GT bicycles. “I sell bicycles that range from the very affordable to the exotic,” said McHenry, who plans to hold a grand opening celebration in early 2022.

His shop has a fitting room, he said, adding that “I’m here to help people enjoy cycling and get the proper fit and bike type.

“I figured Holmen needed a bike shop,” and his store is close to bicycle trails and

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Better Business Bureau reports online shopping scams reported in Iowa

A new report warns online scams are surging with more people shopping online during the pandemic.“At the Better Business Bureau, I’d say about 40% of the online complaints are in regards to online shopping,” Bobby Hansen with the Better Business Bureau told KCRG.Hansen says Iowa is no exception to the rise in online shopping scams. Their Scam Tracker shows online purchase complaints nearly doubled last year, and 2021 is set to see even more. “Our advice is if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” added Hansen.He says scammers are taking advantage of the supply chain issues. Fake websites will entice shoppers with hard-to-find items, or deals on things that have seen prices rise in recent months. The Federal Trade Commission says online shopping scams are also one of the more successful types of fraud. More than 69% of cases involved someone losing money.To avoid being one … Read More

Better Business Bureau warns consumers of online shopping scams

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – A shift toward online shopping during COVID-19, global supply chain crisis, and a resurging economy have all created a recipe for a breakneck holiday shopping season – one where online shopping fraud poses a tremendous risk to consumers. Online purchase scams have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and social media ads play a key role in the mushrooming problem, a new Better Business Bureau® (BBB ®) study finds.

The in-depth investigative study – Theft on a massive scale: Online shopping fraud and the role of social media – finds the pandemic, along with lax social commerce shopping platforms, has opened the door for scammers in China to steal from desperate online shoppers. Read the full study here.

Online shopping fraud has been growing for several years, but according to BBB research, it dramatically increased during the pandemic as more people shopped online. A

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