By ALICE NACHILEMBE
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has urged the general public to take caution during the Black Friday event.
CCPC Senior Public Relations Office Namukolo Kasumpa said that during this activity many businesses offer huge price discounts to consumers ranging from 25% to as high as 75%.
Ms Namukolo said some firms are in a habit of hiking prices of their products and purporting discount bargains when in fact not.
She said in this light, the CCPC has caution all consumers participating in this year’s Black Friday event to be alert of false or misleading sales promotions initiated to attract unsuspecting consumers to buy.
“We further advising consumers to consider conducting personal research on the products they intend to purchase by cross checking prices of items on promotion and make reference to older pricing in order to make an informed decision. Consumers are further encouraged to request for receipts from their respective service providers as proof of purchase and lookout for return policies to be sure that the store will not charge them a restocking fee for any item which they may wish to return,” she.
Ms Namukolo also said consumers are urged to keep documentations such as receipts, warranty and guarantee safe as that is useful to the Commission for initiation of investigations especially in an event where a consumer is denied redress
She said the commission warns the traders not to involve themselves in deceptive and misleading sales promotions as that is prohibited under the Competition and Consumer Protection Act.