We all love a good bargain, particularly when recovering from Christmas. It’s easier now than ever before to shop from the comfort of your sofa or work station and to hunt out what appears to be the best deal but you need to make sure that you are getting the real deal.
Businesses manufacturing, distributing or selling goods have a duty to ensure the goods are safe, to monitor the safety of products and take action when safety problems are found. However, there are many internet traders out there who are prepared to cut corners when it comes to safety. Unfortunately, we have heard of many examples of this having been consulted by people who have been injured as a result of faulty goods. Be careful when buying online from unknown traders. Be sure to check that packaging looks genuine and look for information about guarantees, the manufacturer’s details and country of origin. Remember that safety marks and quality standards logos can be forged.
If the bargain seems too good to be true – it probably is!
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