Five rules ensure consumers don’t fall victim
On the occasion of Black Friday, and the established tempting offers on selected products, the Union of Consumer Workers of Greece of GSEE recommends special attention.
According to the Union, consumers on Black Friday must be particularly careful and not be tempted by seemingly impressive offers. Especially this year, as it states in its announcement, with punctuality burdening family budgets to the maximum extent, the prioritization of needs and market research become more necessary than ever.
The Association suggests following five rules that it believes will ensure that consumers are not victimized on Black Friday:
1. To do market research and check not only the price (original and new) but also the quality of the products. They should also search the internet for the price of the product they are going to choose by code or model number, so they can be sure that the price they have found is the best.
2. To delineate their needs and plan with a list the purchases they are going to make, which will be in line with their personal or family budget avoiding reckless spending
3. To be informed of the details and conditions of their transaction when purchasing products in installments. Especially for credit card purchases, always be informed of the terms and conditions of the particular purchase. In particular, they should investigate whether and to what extent interest is imposed on this market, since, in this case, the cost of the purchase increases rapidly.
4. Products must bear the original price and the offer price (not the discount percentage). Caution! Offers often say no changes, so if you regret it, you can’t change
5. Always ask for the receipt for the products they have bought. In case the product is defective and they want to return or exchange it, proof is necessary.
He also notes: “It would be good for everyone to know that the consumer frenzy created by marketing techniques (Black Friday, opening of shops on Sundays, white nights, etc.) has the effect of subconsciously exerting psychological pressure on the consumer, who feels that he “must” take advantage of the offers by rushing to the shops. In today’s context of explosive precision in essential goods, the consumer must act with prudence and caution in his purchases.”
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