Cheap at half price?

Kapi-Mana News - - ADVICE - By SAN­DRA AN­DREWS

Porirua Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau An­other hol­i­day, an­other week­end, an­other sale.

We all love the idea of a bar­gain – ‘‘Week­end only deals’’, ‘‘60 per cent off ev­ery­thing in store’’, ‘‘ Sale ends on Sun­day’’ – it’s enough to make us head straight for the shops.

Un­der the Fair Trad­ing Act, re­tail­ers are not al­lowed to make mis­lead­ing claims to get us into the store. If the ad­ver­tise­ment says ‘‘60 per cent off ev­ery­thing in store’’ it means ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing in the store.

A store can­not raise its prices be­fore the sale and then quickly lower them nor can they claim the dis­count is more than it re­ally is if they have not charged the full price for sev­eral months.

If you have a store flyer it’s use­ful to take it with you to check the item on sale. I have had a re­cent oc­ca­sion where the store was go­ing to charge me $10 more but when I showed them the flyer, I was charged the cor­rect amount. Their cash reg­is­ter had not been updated with the sale prices.

If you have rushed into a store on open­ing day of a sale and the item you had your eye on is sold out, don’t be afraid to ask for a ‘‘raincheck’’. This means you can get the item at the sale price once it comes into stock.

Sales can be fun and a great time to buy much-needed items or to buy Christ­mas or birthday presents in ad­vance. Just bear the fol­low­ing in mind:

Re­mem­ber to shop around (you may find the item costs even less in an­other store)

Choose care­fully – many stores won’t let you re­turn goods be­cause you sim­ply changed your mind. It’s a good idea to check the stores terms and con­di­tions on re­turned goods.

If you have any ques­tions re­lat­ing to buy­ing goods or any­thing else that you re­quire ad­vice about give us a call.

Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau Porirua is open Mon­day to Fri­day 9am to 4.20pm, and open un­til 7pm on a Thurs­day, Pem­ber House, level 2, 16 Ha­gley St.

Please call us on 04 237 8846 or free phone 0800 367 222, email us on cab. porirua@ xtra.co.nz or visit our web­site www.cab.org.nz. Our ser­vice is free and confidential.

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