Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

LO­CALS are be­ing urged to say no when ap­proached by il­le­gal sell­ers of elec­tronic equip­ment that are cur­rently op­er­at­ing from a white van trav­el­ling around Perth. Re­ports have been re­ceived of con­sumers ap­proached in pub­lic places, such as ser­vice sta­tions and shop­ping cen­tres, in East Vic­to­ria Park and Kewdale. The two sales­men, who have for­eign ac­cents and drive a white Toy­ota HiAce van, tell con­sumers that the elec­tronic equip­ment is no longer re­quired by a client and they can’t take it back to the ware­house. Act­ing Commissioner for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion David Hill­yard said these dodgy and tran­sient il­le­gal traders ap­pear from time to time, and he ad­vised con­sumers to stay well clear of them. “They nor­mally use high pres­sure sales tech­niques to sell cheap and in­fe­rior qual­ity elec­tron­ics at in­flated prices, but give the im­pres­sion to con­sumers they ap­proach at ser­vice sta­tions and carparks that they are get­ting a bar­gain,” Mr Hill­yard said. “The goods some­times have coun­ter­feit brand­ing and may even be stolen. “These ‘back-of-van sales­peo­ple’ are break­ing door-to-door trad­ing laws, which al­low con­sumers a 10-day cool­ing off pe­riod for any un­so­licited sales.” Con­sumers ap­proached by these sales­peo­ple are urged to con­tact Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion im­me­di­ately on 1300 304 054 to re­port their lo­ca­tion and li­cence plate num­ber.

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