We are just stepping into the final week before Christmas bringing with it the opportunity to grab your last minute gifts. Here’s the final part of our Christmas shopping tips to ensure your gifts are bought before the shelves are bare.
Choose Your Shopping Days Wisely
As Christmas day approaches, most shops will open for late night shopping at least one night a week allowing those that work during the day to get some shopping done after work rather than relying simply on weekends. Saturdays will be the busiest days for shopping centres and high streets so if you don’t enjoy those sorts of crowds, it may be best to get your online shopping done then instead. Also be sure to check the Christmas opening times for your local shops if you prefer to buy gifts and food at the last minute.
Shop from the Comfort of Your Living Room
Over the past twenty years or so, online shopping has seen exceptional growths. As a result of this rise in popularity, many online retailers are having to raise their game, especially around Christmas, in order to attract customers. This means that often online retailers will add big discounts to products in the run up to Christmas. In fact, this has become such a trend that Cyber Monday was created for online retailers to compete for shoppers with big discounts allowing you to buy the gifts you want for great prices, all from the comfort of your living room.
Will It Arrive in Time For Christmas?
If you are purchasing an item online, make sure you check the estimated delivery date. Items being shipped from overseas may come with a longer estimated delivery date than you realise which could prevent the gift arriving before Christmas.
Use a Credit Card…But Use It Sparingly
Credit cards provide extra protection against purchases as UK law will consider credit card companies equally liable if items are faulty or the company goes bust before your items have arrived. If you’re spending over £100 on a gift, use your credit card for that extra peace of mind for your purchase. However, don’t get carried away as credit card debts can continue well into the New Year.
Don’t Forget Your Rights as a Consumer
If you’re not happy with the products you have purchased, whether they are faulty, damaged or simply not satisfactory, don’t be afraid to exercise your consumer rights and return these items. If the retailer refuses to give you a refund, and you feel you are well within your rights to receive one, get advice from a professional.
Keep a Box of Receipts
While you and your family may be initially happy with your gifts, problems could arise further down the line which could result in the products needing to be returned. In this scenario, it is really useful to keep all of the receipts from your Christmas gifts in a box or wallet so they are easily retrievable should you need it.
We hope these tips will help you to have a smooth Christmas shopping experience but if you do run into issues within consumer law, debt or compensation claims, please get in touch with Farleys Solicitors. We have a range of specialists on hand to provide expert advice on a range of law cases. Call us today on 0845 287 0939 or complete our online enquiry form.