Your childâ??s school could soon be getting some free school supplies, thanks to a settlement between Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Hobby Lobby Stores.
The retailer, which deals largely in school supplies, was found to have misled customers into thinking they were getting huge discounts through deceptive advertising, the Attorney Generalâ??s office says.
The deceptive ads ran over a two year period. As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to contribute $138,600 in supplies to Upstate New York school districts. They will also pay $85,000 in civil penalties.
â??When companies mislead customers by advertising never-ending sales, our office will hold them accountable,â?? says Attorney General Schneiderman. â??Ultimately, a permanent sale is no sale at all.â??
Nearly 700 schools will receive the free school supplies, in the form of gift cards.
The 2013 investigation showed that Hobby Lobby offered 30-50% off certain items in their stores for 52 consecutive weeks, which violates New York Law. Never-ending sales are in violation of the false advertising law, according to the Attorney Generalâ??s office.
Below is a list of the number of schools in each county that are eligible to receive the free gift cards. Contact your schoolâ??s district office to see if your childâ??s school will be getting the free supplies.