HOMES-CARE recipients not to be swayed by promotions

21/05/2018 12:43

The Consumer Council of Fiji strongly urges the recipient of HOMES-CARE initiative residingin the Western Division to be wary of cash-back and other promotions provided by traders.

This in light of concerns raised by a consumer who received relief assistance scheme.The complainant visited the trader’s branch in Rakiraki to buy a LCD television.

He was informed by staff that he would receive $200 as cash-back if he purchased items worth morethan $1,500.

Not wanting to miss out on the promotion, the consumer then purchased a LCD television andother household items to qualify for the cash-back.HOMES-CARE recipients must realize that purchasing more items than they necessarily needjust so they could receive cash may not be the best option.

Cash back promotion is being used to lure consumers to exhaust their money in one shop toqualify for $200 cash in hand. Any recipient would be tempted into buying more items to reachthat amount just to qualify for the cash-back.

This means they would have less funds in the card to buy other essential items or to engage incomparative shopping to get value for money.

The Council reminds consumers to be alert of such promotions and not be swayed or temptedinto making purchases they may regret later.

Consumers must always exercise their responsibility and be critically aware and alert whenpurchasing products.

This will avoid consumers being in a position where they are misled ortempted into buying more items than intended.

The Council urges consumers facing similar issues to contact our toll free helpline on 155 orvisit our offices in Suva, Lautoka or Labasa for complaints and advice.