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Look for bargains

Dawn Gibson
Monday, August 04, 2014

THE Hibiscus Events Group has talked up the show this year, telling everyone that food standards will be at an all-time high and that there is so much to look forward to.

That's all great, but the Consumer Council of Fiji, as always, is urging members of the public to keep an eye out for bargains which seem too good to be true and to limit impulsive buying habits.

Council CEO Premila Kumar said it was common for them to receive complaints following the festival, because people were lured into poor buying decisions.

"One of the biggest draws to these events is the many different types of foods, rides, entertainment programs. Attending Hibiscus Festival isn't cheap. But there are ways to save money," Mrs Kumar said.

"Avoid carrying too much money — the more you will carry, the more you will be drawn to spend. These are opportune times to test your budgeting skills and your willpower."

She added another tip to consider when you're on the verge of purchasing something, is to ask yourself "do I really need this item?"

"Do not buy just because you are getting a good deal.

"Arriving hungry and thirsty at a festival can cost you a lot more than you may want to spend. Before heading out, eat a small meal which can keep you from buying a meal."

She said if people did purchase anything to eat from the stalls at the festival, they should inspect the food items thoroughly.

"In the past, the council has received complaints from consumers who were served poorly or half-cooked barbecue meat, sale of leftover/stale food, flies found in food and unhygienic preparation of food.

"And just be practical with your decision making. Make your decision wisely on whether you should go to the grounds throughout the week or just have one day delegated for a get-together.

"Take note that carnivals like the Hibiscus Festival provide an opportunity for some traders to get rid of old stock and unworthy products at a higher price in the name of a sale.

"If you are buying food items, electrical items, clothing or footwear, be sure to inspect the item for any damage, expiry, size and fitting and return policies."

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