Be responsible, spend wisely

DIWALI is just a few days away. Many families are wrapping up with their shopping and are just about done with preparing for Diwali. This is the time when traders will be at its peak with sales, promotions and good deals to entice as many customers as possible.

The Consumer Council of Fiji is urging consumers to make the most of the sale but also practice responsibility and restraint when it comes to spending hard earned money.

Traders are also being urged to comply with the Commerce Commission Decree 2010. Many retailers, as in the past, may try to sell old stock of firecrackers or firecrackers with foreign language printed on the package. This is highly dangerous for both adults and children as instructions and warnings may not be understood by both children and adults. The council is also informing traders not to sell banned firecrackers.

Consumers are also advised to thoroughly check items before purchasing and to always demand for a receipt in case the item needs to be returned and to seek redress. Always read purchasing documents thoroughly.

This is also one occasion when many families may invest on electronic goods for their home. The golden rule is to understand terms and conditions, interest rate, warranty policy and require information on the availability of spare parts and backup service when purchasing such goods.

Lastly, prepare a list of all the items that needs to be bought along with a budget and follow it diligently. Avoid impulsive buying.

Consider your health before indulging yourself with all the tempting Diwali sweets and savory. Enjoy the essence of Diwali with your loved ones.

Have a happy and safe Diwali!

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