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Dec-01-09 Mercer County Outlines Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers
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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today reminded shoppers to know their rights about gift cards and item refunds and to check the national list of recalled toys before going online or to stores this holiday season.
“Part of being a smart shopper is knowing your rights as a consumer, and the tips below can help ensure that you get what you paid for and make your holiday shopping experience more rewarding,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.
Retailers must offer a raincheck to all customers when advertised merchandise is not available for purchase, unless the merchandise is advertised as being available in a specific quantity (i.e. “10 per store”) or in “limited supply.” When a raincheck is issued:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has authority to issue recalls for unsafe or dangerous toys. Consumers can check the list of recalled toys via the Division’s web site at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/recall/recalls.htm.
All charities doing business in New Jersey must be registered, unless the charity raises less than $10,000 annually and does not use paid fund raisers to solicit donations.
To verify whether a charity is registered, check the online registry maintained by the Division at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charity/chardir.htm.
Know the warning signs of a scam. If you receive a telephone call from a charity asking for a donation: