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Bob Ferguson

Belly-up businesses are dominating headlines these days. When companies go broke, the Washington Attorney General’s Office frequently hears from consumers who are left with worthless gifts cards and warranties or who have lost deposits.

In today's Ask the AG column, Attorney General Rob McKenna talks about what boarded-up stores and bankruptcies mean for consumers and explains how you can avoid common pitfalls. We've also created a Web page with consumer tips and information for retailers, who must follow certain procedures when advertising and conducting going-out-of-business sales.

Share your thoughts:As a consumer, are you more careful about where and how you shop? As a business owner, what are you doing to reassure your customers that it's a good time to buy?


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