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Did you shop on ‘Black Friday’? OCU alert for hidden price increases

Date: January 28, 2023 Time: 09:27:01

The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has denounced the policies used during the discounts of the last ‘Black Friday’ campaign. According to the studies carried out, 99% of the online offers within the electronics sector did not reflect a real price drop, but rather hid price increases compared to the last month. Therefore, the OCU has alerted buyers that, for the January campaign, it carefully reviewed all prices before buying a product online.

The OCU has made it easier for consumers to track real prices before making their purchases in the January sales. It has also been denounced that this could especially affect households with fewer resources, since sales of clothing and footwear are expected to increase significantly this month among the most vulnerable households, which have postponed their purchases to alleviate the infects. This already occurred last year, when sales of these products increased by 29%.

OCU has advised buyers to compare the lowered price with the old price to verify that they are getting a real discount. In addition, it has recommended that consumers make a list of what they need to avoid compulsive purchases and always keep the receipt or invoice of the transaction.

Physical stores are not obliged to accept returns of products in good condition or to reimburse their import, so the Organization of Consumers and Users has recommended consulting the return conditions before making the purchase or purchasing the product online, where reimbursement is always justified.

In this way, the OCU is trying to demonstrate to users that mass campaigns often violate our rights to the digital freedom of users. The fact that large companies promote offers that harm the consumer should be taken into account by the authorities that regulate the digital market, but the economy of families could be very vulnerable to offers promoted through the Internet.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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