Prices up to 70% lower! This is a common complaint in rebates to encourage consumer organizations to analyze before buying.

Organizations like Facua-Consumers in Action alert on misleading advertising and unfair competition that some stores put into practice at this time to distort prices. In some cases, those responsible for these old stores prices swell to show that the discounts are greater than those actually applied. It is also noted that consumers have the same rights protect inside and outside this time of sale.

Deceptive practices in the sales shops

To mark the start of this season discounts, Facua emphasizes the need for the authorities to increase their vigilance against the practices of some businesses in rebates . This organization claims that over the past few years many establishments deceptively advertised discounts of 50%, 60% and 70% including the word up in reduced size, when there are very few products that actually get these discounts apply.

Facua asks if detected denounce these practices through consumer associations. And before buying advises taking into account current market prices more than the rate of discount that trade in question is applied on items to sell.


Useful Tips for safe shopping on sale

The National Consumer Institute , and most consumer organizations have developed guides that specify certain guidelines to follow in this time of cuts. The aim of these is to get what is effectively cut the price of the items and not quality or consumer rights. Here are some key recommendations:

* Fleeing impulse purchases. A good way to help is to make a list of what is really needed.
* Fixed in the lowered quality can not vary with respect to time of sale ordinary. Reduced products should have been part of the settlement offer prior to the time of sale.
* Check the previous price of the item being purchased and the present, both must appear or be clearly indicated percentage discount.
* If you have the time necessary to compare the price of the product you wish to purchase in different places, and that the difference can be a significant savings.

Claims efficient sales season

To avoid problems of post-acquisition lowered, it is advisable to keep the purchase receipt will be required for any claim. The consumer organizations also recommend keeping any dealer advertising as-contractual and therefore the commitments specified in the same may find required. It is also recalled that the establishments attached to consumer arbitration system offer more guarantees to the buyer because if a problem occurs are willing to resolve disputes quickly and free.

Differentiation of concepts in rebates

Rebates have their nature (are sales made ​​in a certain time of year when retailers apply to their products reduced their margins) and self-regulation. And in this regard, the Trade Act also distinguishes other concepts that involve a price reduction : promotion, balance and settlement.

* Promotion: The objective is to promote the sale of certain products so you are given a lower price than usual or sale is made on more favorable terms.
* Balance: The market value of the product is greatly diminished due to damage, obsolescence. The trader should explain what deterioration.
* Settlement: Its purpose is to extinguish certain product inventories. It can be done by partial or total cessation of activity, type of trade exchange, deeds, transfers or any other force major.

Buy with head during sales

Clearly a more informed consumer of their rights will be more attentive to the nature of commercial claims that may get your attention during this time of sale. Basic guidelines as set out here can be used to acquire full season products at very attractive prices.

Forecasts indicate that the average spending on these winter sales fall by 10.5% over the past year. A survey by the Consumer Federation User-Independent (FUCI) states that each Spanish will be spent on average 85 euros. Madrid and Catalonia are in the highest positions of consumption with 96 and 95 euros respectively. Meanwhile, consumers Galician and Canarian barely reach 80 euros on average.