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Beware of potential Christmas tree selling scams

Posted at 7:34 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 22:34:41-05

There are new details on a scam happening at certain stores across the country. Earlier this year a Christmas tree cooperative in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against a tree supplier and Home Depot claiming that last year they "sold potentially hundreds of thousands of Balsam Fir trees which they intentionally and falsely advertised as Fraser Fir trees."

Now that might not seem like a big deal but Balsam Fir trees are more fragile whereas Fraser Fir trees are more expensive so essentially cheaper trees were being sold at a higher price.

A New York Home Depot said the incident was an "isolated labeling error" and says it worked with its supplier to fix the problem going forward but what can you do to keep yourself from making an evergreen error?

"I guess you could say the Cadillac right now, everybody likes the Fraser. The color that it has, the branching structure tends to be good for heavier ornaments," said Bill Exley, co-owner Exley's Christmas Tree Farm.

Depending on size and variety, Christmas trees can cost anywhere from $60 to $700. Experts say to make sure you know what you're looking for before you shop, ask questions, research different types of trees and if you can buy from a local tree farm over a big retailer.