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Home Living : March 29th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7 Online trading convenient but has risks » ADVERTISING FEATURE Online trading is a convenient way of shopping but comes with risks, warns Fair Trading. Fair Trading Deputy Commissioner Steve Griffin said NSW Fair Trading received 3620 complaints concerning online trading last year, including 156 about online auctions. ''This compares to 3396 complaints about online trading in 2009. Australians are increasingly buying and selling goods on the internet. Shopping online is easy and convenient, but there are risks,'' Mr Griffin said. ''More than half the complaints received by Fair Trading related to non-or-partial delivery of goods, faults or damages, or products not matching their descriptions. ''Nearly 22 per cent of complaints related directly to refunds, overcharging and other money issues.'' Mr Griffin said when people bought goods on the internet from overseas, NSW consumer protection laws may not apply or may only offer limited protection. He offers these tips: When shopping online: Be wary of offers that appear too good to be true know who you are dealing with shop around -- compare prices; make sure you know what you are getting for your money Before you buy anything on the internet: obtain the seller's details; check their refund, warranty and return policies; check any feedback that has been made about the seller, to get an idea of the seller's reputation and reliability: use search engines check the freight or delivery methods and costs; check currency exchange rates and whether sales tax or import duties apply make sure it is legal to import goods bought from overseas check if the site is secure before paying by credit card; print a copy of your order before you send it check ScamWatch at scamwatch.gov.au and the National Fraud Information Centre (USA) fraud.org for the latest scams to avoid To avoid making bad decisions: don't deal with sellers who are evasive, or who only have a mobile phone number and won't give a contact name or address don't take part in illegal pyramid selling schemes -- sometimes these are promoted under the guise of network marketing, chain letters, get-rich-quick schemes and home-based employment opportunities. Security: Never give out personal details such as bank or credit card account numbers unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with If you need help, call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 HOMELIVING FREE* HOLIDAY InStyle Furniture 6-8 Wingate Rd. MULGRAVE/MCGRATHS HILL (Windsor) Phone 9679 1000 OPEN 7 DAYS 9-5pm Bring your trailer or we can arrange delivery. OVER 250 DIFFERENT STYLES TO CHOOSE FROM InStyle Furniture, quality hardwood furniture at pine prices 2101878i 22/3 http//stores.ebay.com.au/instyle-furniture-collections .com.au Spend over $1000 at Instyle Furniture and receive an Australian Getaway Holiday *Free Accommodation for two people from a choice of Hotels and Resorts across Australia. Conditions Apply. TAKE HOME LAY BY AVAILABLE 'ROSWELL' AUSTRALIAN HARDWOOD COFFEE TABLE (1280 x 750 x 450 high) Acacia Ironbark Stain Also available in Acacia Chocolate and Bunya Oak p rice $249 (Fully assembled) WHOLESALE Direct to the public NORFOLK BUFFET 2 x Sizes 1630mm or 1800mm Australian Hardwood Mountain Ash Oak Fully Assembled rice $299 'BRISBANE' AUSTRALIAN HARDWOOD LOW TV UNIT (1930 x 520 x 640 high) Acacia Chocolate Stain Also available in Acacia Ironbark and Bunya Oak R price $389 (Fully assembled) BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains firstname.lastname@example.org www.classichomeimprovements.com.au NEED MORE SPACE? 2276693i 15/03 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Outgrown your home? Do you need a family room or bedroom? • Ground & 1st floor extensions • Glassrooms • Conservatories • Garden rooms
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