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PN 73/02 4 November 2002
South Wales shoppers are being urged to stand up for their shopping rights as part of a major OFT consumer awareness campaign.
Following a local radio advertising campaign in the region, the OFT will be visiting Pontypridd market on Wednesday 6 November to distribute 'Hot shopping tips', its new pocket guide on shoppers' rights. Local trading standards officers will also be on hand to give shoppers free help and advice on anything from second-hand cars to doorstep selling.
Download Hot shopping tips in pdf format (16 kb).
The visit forms part of the OFT's regional roadshow programme which aims to raise awareness among local consumers of their rights on the high street.
The 'Hot shopping tips' guide includes the following helpful tips and advice for South Wales shoppers:
The OFT is also holding a seminar on the morning of 6 November at the University of Glamorgan's Business Centre in Pontypridd for small and medium sized businesses across South Wales, to explain the OFT's role, listen to their views of how markets are working and help their understanding of competition and consumer protection laws.
Launching the South Wales roadshow, John Vickers, Director General of Fair Trading said:
'The OFT is interested in how markets are working for consumers in South Wales and across the UK.
'If consumers know their rights on the high street, they can get a better deal and resolve any problems more effectively.'
The OFT stand will be located in the indoor market between 9.00 and 16.30 on Wednesday 6 November.
1. Media copies of 'Hot shopping tips' are available from the Government News Network (formerly COI) or the OFT's press office.
2. Non-media copies of 'Hot shopping tips' are available by calling 0870 60 60 321. You can also download Hot shopping tips in pdf format (16 kb)
3. South Wales is the sixth in the OFT's series of regional roadshows. Previous roadshows have taken place in Bristol, Leeds, Belfast, Newcastle and Kent. (For further details on the roadshows programme see OFT release 11/02)
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