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Consumer watchdog to check Black Friday deals are genuine

The government’s consumer protection service is stepping up checks for Black Friday, focusing particularly on prices for electronic goods and shops’ adherence to health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement, the consumer protection service said inspections will be carried out on the day. These follow regular visits to shops over the past month to record the price of consumer goods which inspectors will compare with Friday’s special offers to ensure the latter are genuine.

In anticipation of a rush of shoppers, the service reminded shopkeepers that they must have clear notices at the entrance on how many people are allowed in a shop at any given time. Shopkeepers are responsible for ensuring that maximum numbers are respected.

They must also ensure shoppers comply with the two metre social distancing rule and that all employees and shopper wear masks.

There was advice too for consumers, who are urged not to shop blindly, not to be excessive and to obtain information on each shop’s returns policy before buying.

Shoppers are urged to do some market research before their purchase so as to have a genuine picture of the extent of the discount, not to make hasty purchases, not to buy something just because it is on offer, not to rely solely on price and to decide on their shopping budget before venturing out.

Consumers can file complaints on the consumers’ hotline on 1429 or in writing through the service’s website www.consumer.gov.cy.

Black Friday,  the day after Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November traditionally starts off Christmas shopping in the US, has become synonymous with special offers and sales internationally.

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