IT IS that time of the year once again where Diwali, the festival of lights, is widely celebrated in Fiji.
This is one festival that brings all communities together, sharing and enjoying the occasion by dressing up in ethnic Indian style, sharing sweets and displaying fireworks.
Below are some of the tips that keeps you safe from impulsive spending during the celebrations.
Diwali shopping tips:
* Engage in comparative shopping — Check out the prices of items and examine the products in several shops before actually buying them. This will help consumers know which shop is selling a particular product at the best price.
* Promotions — Consumers usually get lured by the enticing advertisements and end up buying things they do not really need. Consumers should read and understand sales advertisement, product information and promotions that are being presented to them before signing any document or parting with their hard earned money.
* Retain receipts of every purchase — During festival period many consumers do bulk shopping and spend hefty amounts and this allows some unscrupulous dealers to dump defective products onto the unsuspecting consumers. Therefore, consumers should always retain receipts of all their purchase made unless they are fully satisfied with the product.
* Buying electrical lights — When buying electrical items (including electric lights), it is advisable to test them in store before taking home to avoid disappointments. Buying electrical lights, which conserve energy, will save electricity while creating a festive atmosphere. Consumers should also make use of diya instead of buying expensive lights.
* Fireworks — Consumers should be more vigilant when buying fireworks given the trend that some dealers may sell old stock of fireworks. The burden is on the consumers as part of their responsibility to check the quality of the item they are purchasing.
* Source: Consumer Council of Fiji