How to be safe shop­ping for Christ­mas gifts

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/ADVICE - By SAN­DRA AN­DREWS Porirua Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau

For some of us, this time of the year will see us pur­chas­ing more, for Christ­mas presents for our loved ones.

So here are some hints and tips to make things a bit eas­ier if things go wrong af­ter you have pur­chased the goods:

Be­fore you leave the store, check your re­ceipt and make sure you have been charged the cor­rect price.

Keep the re­ceipt. If the item is faulty, you will need proof of pur­chase so it can be re­turned.

If it is not clear on the re­ceipt what the item is that was pur­chased, write it on the back, or on the top.

Ask about the store ex­change pol­icy. Some stores pro­vide you with an ex­change card, which means that if, for ex­am­ple, you are buy­ing cloth­ing and it does not fit the per­son you are giv­ing it to, they can take it back with the card and swap it for an item that does.

Giv­ing or re­ceiv­ing a voucher – check the ex­piry date. This also re­lates to the shop cards that you can put money on to. There is usu­ally a time­frame as to when the money needs to be used by, so check it out.

If buy­ing on­line, en­sure you are deal­ing with a rep­utable com­pany or busi­ness with a se­cure web­site.

If you would like any in­for­ma­tion on this topic or an­other, please con­tact the Porirua Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau. We are open Mon­day to Fri­day, from 9am till 4.30pm, and un­til 7pm on Thurs­day, at Pem­ber House, level 2, 16 Ha­gley Street, Porirua. You can call us on 04 237 8846 or free phone 0800 367 222, email us at cab.porirua@xtra.co.nz or visit our web­site cab.org.nz. Our ser­vice is free and con­fi­den­tial.

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