Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Family Christian Bookstores Spreads Its Reach to Internet

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Family Christian Bookstores Spreads Its Reach to Internet

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Can a little old mouse lead you to Jesus? (Of course, we're talking about a computer mouse.)

The officers of Family Christian Boostores Inc., based in Grand Rapids, Mich., started a sister company, iBelieve.com Inc.

The iBelieve.com Web site, which launched Jan. 26, is seeking to be the premier Web site for the nation's 85 million Christians, offering a variety of services from religious products such as Bibles, gifts and recorded music to interaction with other Christians and news features on finance and current events.

Family Chriistian Bookstores operates two outlets in the Jacksonville area and is the nation's leading retailer in the $3-billion-a-year Christian market, with 346 stores in 39 states.

DON'T GET BAITED BY REBATES

The Federal Trade Commission and the Jacksonville division of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers to be cautious when taking rebate offers. Rebates allow shoppers to get partial or full reimbursement on a product after a purchase.

While some rebates allow consumers to get reimbursed immediately at the cash register, most rebate programs are mail-in, meaning you purchase now, fill out a form and send proof of purchase to the manufacturer.

By federal law, manufacturers are required to send rebates within the time frame promised or within 30 days if no time frame is specified. The FTC offers these tips on how to make sure you don't get baited when filing for a rebate:

l Follow the instructions on the rebate form and enclose all the required documentation in the envelope you use to mail back to the manufacturer.

l Before sending, be sure to photocopy all of your paperwork; it will be the only record you'll have to prove your claim if something goes wrong.

l Contact the company if the rebate does not arrive within the specified time frame.

l If your rebate arrives late or doesn't come at all, file a complaint with the FTC, the state attorney general's office or your local Better Business Bureau. …

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