I bought a laptop charger for P285 on 18th January but only used it for a day and that was it. I called them. They said they do not have a warranty. It was barely 3 days since I bought it. He further said if he tested it in the shop then they is no way he can help me.
Please help. I tried to reason with them but they turned me down, even though they called the boss who still remembered when I brought it. I'm trying to look for the invoice here can't find it now but I remember I paid with my card.
Here we go again. Regular readers of The Voice will know this already but it's such a common event and such an important one that I hope you'll all forgive me for repeating myself.
Section 15 (1) of the Consumer Protection Act says that consumers have "the right to receive goods which are of good quality, in good working order and free of defects". That's simple. The things we buy must do what they're meant to do.
Section 16 (2) of the Act says that consumers "may return goods to a supplier in their merchantable or original state, within six months after the delivery of the goods, without penalty and at the supplier's risk and expense, if the goods fail to satisfy the requirements and standards contemplated".
Let's think about that. Within 6 months of getting the goods, if they go wrong, you can return them without any charge and be offered a solution. But what solution? Section 16 (3) says that the supplier must either repair the faulty item, replace it or offer the consumer a refund but the supplier can decide which is easiest for them. They can, for instance, decide to repair the item. However, the good news is that Section 16 (4) says that if the product is repaired and the same problem happens again within 3 months, they can't offer to repair it again. Then they can only choose a replacement or a refund.
Let me put this very simply. Any supplier of new goods that claims they have no warranty, or a warranty for 7 days, a month or 3 months is either lying, foolish or uninformed. I suggest we both tell this supplier what they should be doing to obey the law.
Update: The store got in touch with the customer and they'll be checking the laptop charger again. Let's hope they'll do the right thing.
In the last week I've been approached by several people on WhatsApp who suggested I can make large amounts of money from Yellow Card. I was also approached by a few on Facebook saying the same thing and I've turned down even more posts from people who wanted to post the same adverts in the Consumer Watchdog Facebook group.
In my conversations with these scammers they all eventually confessed that they were associated with a range of web sites that made these offers and all of these sites were registered in just the last few months. They were also all reluctant to say where in fact they were based, most claiming they were in South Africa but often giving contact numbers in the USA. It was also interesting to see that the web sites were all almost identical. This is clearly an organised scam. Hilariously, one of these fake companies, Hot Trade FX, offered a Certificate of Incorporation from the USA that couldn't even spell the word "America" correctly.
Please I beg you, don't fall for scams like this. You'll never make a profit and I guarantee you'll lose any money you "invest". If you're ever in any doubt if something is a scam, you can always contact Consumer Watchdog for advice. And remember that anyone who invites you to join their money-making scheme wants to make money FROM you, not WITH you.