WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Don't Be Trapped
By Sales 'Bargains'
preparing to launch themselves at this year’s sales are being given
advice by Trading Standards officers on how to avoid being ripped off
Trading Standards Officers have issued a list of six basic rules to
follow to avoid being taken in by offers that appear too good to be
they are warning people to make sure they know their rights as
consumers and what to do if things go wrong.
customers risked being trapped by adverts that side-step the law, and
bargain hunters are advised to:
all it says on the sale notice or in an advertisement. A sign
might read 80 per cent off from a distance, but a closer look
might reveal the words 'up to'.
around - even a 'massive reduction' doesn't mean you can't buy the
same for less elsewhere.
be fobbed off by notices such as 'no sale goods exchanged' or 'no
cash refunds'. If the sale goods you buy are faulty or mis-described
then you do have a claim against the trader.
remember, if the product is labelled 'shop soiled' or 'marked on
the sleeve' or you are given this information verbally, then this
may affect your legal rights.
'special purchase' items with caution. If the store has imported
them just for the sale, you have no way of making a price
out for abbreviations such as ASP (after sales price) when making