Numerous Retailer Websites Do Not Comply with Consumer Law

Posted on 16 October, 2012 by MOVEHUT

Do you avoid buying from online retailers because you are nervous when opening the parcel as you don’t want to ruin the packaging in case you have to return the order, or are you worried about paying for return postage for faulty goods? Well did you know that you don’t need to worry about either under consumer law, but many retailers simply fail to tell us!

 

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) found that of the 156 retailer websites that were checked, 62 are currently not complying with consumer law and have until Christmas to make changes. The main breaches made by websites were to do with cancellations and returns.

33 per cent of websites stipulated that items must be returned in their original packaging and original condition, but under consumer law this is not required. Orders can also be cancelled within seven working days and a full refund must be given to the customer. However customers are responsible for the return costs of unwanted items, but if the goods are faulty or not what was ordered, the retailer must pay for the postage costs.

The main breach that websites made was regarding their contact details. 60 per cent of websites checked offer a form for customers to fill in to contact them. But under E-Commerce Regulations, they must provide an email address that people can make contact with.

Speaking of the breaches, Cavendish Elithorn, OFT’s Senior Director of the Goods and Consumer Group, said: “The OFT recognises that most businesses want to play fair with their customers and to comply with the law.

“We encourage all online retailers to check their websites so customers can be confident their rights are being respected when they shop online.”

But if you are still unsure of your rights, check out the video below by OFT or alternatively you can always shop on the high street and return items from the store you purchased them from, saving you any postage charges.

 




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Recent Posts

The latest property data has identified Newquay as the fastest property seller’s market in the UK

Investing in your garden can increase your property’s value

French Riviera temping high-end homebuyers

How can the ownership rights of my commercial property impact a business sale?

Should I incorporate virtual property viewings permanently?

Investment expected to increase across Asia-Pacific in 2021

UK property industry slows as the conclusion of tax break looms

BNP Paribas cautioned investors on Friday as debt-trading bonanza that increased its earnings this past year

Over 300,000 property purchases fell through in 2020 – we show the most frequent motives and the best way to get your house sale back on track

House Prices in the Capital Surpass £500,000

Optimism from the Bank of England’s chief economist

The most expensive commercial properties.

Businesses operating from shared premises will miss out on grants

BA cuts 12,000 jobs, unions hit back

Media Streaming Service See Record Subscriptions

Covid-19 Causes Millions To Claim UK Furlough Scheme