PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The start of the next school year is just a few short weeks away, and finding certain supplies in stores may be difficult.

If you decide to do some or all of your shopping online, the Better Business Bureau warns to be careful.

According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school spending is expected to surpass $37 billion this year, up from the nearly $34 billion spent in 2020.

Electronics are a big part of that, with nearly $13 billion in spending anticipated.

“There are shortages on cars, on high-ticket items, also essential supplies like computer chips that may limit options for shoppers during this busy and hectic back-to-school season,” explained Paula Fleming, the BBB’s local chief marketing and sales officer.

Fleming pointed to data from market research firm Deloitte, which shows nearly 50% of consumers want to do their tech shopping online. She said this…

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