Deal­ing with door-to-door sales

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - FRONT PAGE -

The sum­mer months are a pop­u­lar time for di­rect sell­ers to con­duct busi­ness with Nova Sco­tians.

Di­rect sell­ers are busi­nesses who op­er­ate without a re­tail space, such as door-to-door sales, home par­ties and tele­phone so­lic­i­ta­tions. Most are eth­i­cal in their busi­ness prac­tices, but some en­gage in prac­tices that could be mis­lead­ing and neg­a­tively af­fect con­sumers.

To en­sure Nova Sco­tians are bet­ter pro­tected from un­eth­i­cal di­rect sell­ers, po­lice can now is­sue sum­mary of­fence tick­ets to di­rect sell­ers who are in vi­o­la­tion of the Di­rect Sell­ers’ Reg­u­la­tion Act. In­di­vid­u­als caught sell­ing without a per­mit face a min­i­mum fine of $985, up to $2,422 for a third of­fence. Fines for cor­po­ra­tions start at $2,400, ris­ing to more than $11,000 for a third of­fence.

“We want to en­sure Nova Sco­tians who buy items from di­rect sell­ers are be­ing treated fairly and that they are pro­tected,” said Ser­vice Nova Sco­tia Min­is­ter Ge­off MacLel­lan. “Di­rect sell­ers who mis­lead or scam con­sumers in any way, sell without a per­mit or fail to com­ply with the act can now be tick­eted by po­lice.”

Di­rect seller com­pa­nies re­quire a per­mit to op­er­ate in the prov­ince and sales­peo­ple must iden­tify them­selves to con­sumers us­ing the name listed on their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card. Any­one who feels they have been treated un­fairly by a di­rect seller should re­port the in­ci­dent to the po­lice.

For more in­for­ma­tion on di­rect sell­ers, visit https://no­vas­co­­cess/in­di­vid­u­als/ di­rect-sell­ers.asp or call 902424-5200 or toll-free at 1-800670-4357.

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