COLUMBUS (AP) - Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering Ohio consumers some tips ahead of the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

Among the Republican's pointers:

- Sellers set their own return policies, including "no returns" - but they must clearly inform customers of the policy before a purchase is completed.

- Ads for holiday sales should clearly disclose important exclusions or limitations, such as limited quantities, restricted sale hours and "no rain checks."

- Most gift cards must last at least five years, but fees can vary. Cards that can be redeemed more broadly may depreciate in value quicker than those tied to a single store

- Paying with a credit card usually offers greater protection, such as limits on your responsibility for unauthorized charges and the ability to dispute charges.