Consumers Reminded to Practice Smart Holiday Shopping
Service NL is reminding residents to practice smart holiday shopping.
Shoppers are advised to ask about the seller's refund, exchange or re-stocking fee policy before buying. Retailers and other businesses generally agree that offering refunds or exchanges is a positive part of developing good customer relations however, no legal obligation exists for businesses to accept returned items unless they are defective and not sold as an ‘all sales are final’ contract or clearance item. Re-stocking fees can also be charged on all returned items.
While online shopping is a convenient way to make holiday purchases, consumers should use caution when sharing personal information online. Ensure the online retailer is legitimate and security enabled, use a safe payment option and avoid shopping if using public WiFi.
The holidays are also about charitable giving and consumers should take extra caution when making donations. If a consumer is unsure of the intentions of the organization seeking donation, reach out to the charity directly for information, or research online to confirm the charity is reputable and in good standing.