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“Like me, lose 60 pounds in 6 months with these capsules!”

1152506“Results may vary and require diet and exercise.”

With the approach of summer, some consumers may be struggling with the pangs of anguish swimsuit or summer outfits, will be tempted by the illusion of rapid results and effortless.

The trick may well be worn, evidence of its effectiveness can hardly be doubted. The persistence of advertisers to pay full page advertisements in mass publications or an advantageous position in the web of SEO is certainly an index of benefits that these advertising strategies continue to provide to reviewers.

In this perspective, the fact that Google does not put as 0.60 seconds to produce 144,000 proposals sites the query “lose weight effortlessly” no surprise.

The market for these promoters of products and methods that, to use an expression with blurred that is dear to them, “promote” weight loss seems permanently flourishing.

Based mostly on the inspiring personal experience of a flagship user of a product or relying on the analyzes presented falsely as scientists, these thunderous commercials fail to pierce the consumer system by exploiting its well known vulnerabilities.

Excursion in the “terms and conditions”

By engaging in the practice of reading text, sometimes painfully written, relating to the conditions of purchase and company policies, we learn many things.

Instructive passages, such an order is tantamount to consent to a contract by which the consumer agrees to pay a monthly supply of the product.

Other passages are sometimes downright absurd like, “You are accepting the same conditions that the trader can change at will and without notice”, they comfort us.

Or: “The merchant does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of information provided on its website.” It can not be invented! Consumers should exercise caution and avoid having too casual click.

Cancellation right

If in a moment of madness or vulnerability, you have fallen into the proverbial panel, you benefit from knowing the rules relating to payment terms, the right of cancellation and refund rules as part of purchases remotely .

Many consumers have realized too late that their commitment went far beyond a single command in finding that supply continued and multiple charges were brought to their credit card. Deadlines are short, you have to react quickly.

Payment before delivery: conditionally

If you agree to start you knowingly make sure to pay using a payment method that provides minimal protection to the buyer.

The general rule in the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) is categorical: a trader who offers its products in the context of distance contracts, “may not impose a total or partial payment of the consumer or propose to collect a such payment before performing his principal obligation (ie d. delivering the goods). ”

The LPC continues: “unless this is a payment which the consumer may request a chargeback under this Act”. In the current situation, only the payment made using a credit card satisfies this condition.

And companies outside Quebec?
Not always, but sometimes these merchants are located abroad and do not have an establishment in Québec. According to the CEA, the distance contract is deemed to be concluded at the consumer. Those are the rules of Quebec law on consumer protection can be invoked and applied.

In conclusion, remember, in the words borrowed from (old) awareness campaign consumer traps magical thinking proposed by some advertisers that “dreaming costs nothing, but buy the dream can be expensive.”

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