Trading standards warn residents about one day sales
|Published: 12th March 2010 12:20|
Redbridge Trading Standards is warning local residents
of the dangers of attending one day sales.
Reports have been received about two separate "one day
sales" held recently in the Borough where leaflets were
distributed to residents immediately before the event
advertising branded electrical goods at low prices.
These sales are run by well-practised sellers who take
advantage of people looking to picking up a bargain. The
seller often conducts the sale from an raised platform with
the goods hidden from view so that you cannot see clearly
beforehand what you are buying.
The seller may have helpers posing as customers to mingle
with the unsuspecting audience and then 'sells' genuine
goods to them to make you think there are bargains to be
had. The seller continues with his cleverly worded sales patter
and, by this stage, the audience can be so desperate to buy
their bargain that they will hold their money in the air to
show their goodwill.
At the end of the sale the buyers may be hurried out of the
salesroom by being given a reason to leave immediately and
are not able to return. On opening their 'bargains' later, which
are given in sealed bags, buyers won't find the top brand
bargains they expected but instead a cheap import or even
an empty box. At this point they realise too late they have
To avoid being ripped off Redbridge Trading Standards are giving
the following tips:
* Check the advertisement or leaflet carefully, make sure there
is an address and contact details for the seller, should you
need to contact them.
* Always check beforehand to make sure that the goods you
intend to buy are the top brands you are expecting them to be.
They may be cheap and shoddy inferior makes.
* Ask the seller or assistants why the goods advertised in
the leaflet are not on display. Do not buy goods without
seeing them. If the seller is unhelpful, take it as a warning
that something is not quite right.
* Don't get caught up in the buying frenzy, keep your
wits about you and listen to what the seller is actually
* Remember, if something seems to be too good to be true,
then it probably is. Better still, don`t go to these sales as it may
be virtually impossible for you to enforce your rights after you
have bought from a one day sale, unless it's a genuine one.
A disreputable seller and his team will have packed up and gone,
and may be impossible to trace leaving you out of pocket.
If you find out that a sale is due to take place where you live, or if
you have attended a sale and are dissatisfied, visit the Consumer
Direct website or telephone Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.