THE Consumer Affairs Department is urging citizens to shop wisely during the festive season — and be responsible in the way they spend their money. The Department has also advised that shoppers make a shopping list beforehand — and adhere to a budget.
Information Officer, Merlicia Williams-Davy, has said that consumers should inspect all goods before buying them — and keep a receipt.
She said should something go wrong with the item purchased or it should prove to be defective, the receipt represents proof of purchase.
“Scrutinise goods for quality and signs that they may be damaged,” she advised.
In addition, she observed that shoppers should ask relevant questions concerning the durability of an item, after-sale service, warranty or guarantee — and even the reputation of a store — before making a purchase.
The Consumer Affairs Department has also cautioned persons buying meat from local butchers to ensure the product is inspected — and has an approved stamp from the Ministry of Health. (Consumer Affairs Department)