Monday, June 26, 2006

Contemporary Government

Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips is considering drafting legislation to protect consumers from making potentially stupid purchases. Now if only there was proper legislation in place to prevent the ruling party from spending $219,000 on a new logo for the province.

Gift cards are presently under scrutiny by the red shirts in Ontario:

Some consider gift cards a handy gift idea for hard-to-buy-for loved ones. Others, particularly anyone who's tried to use one, only to be told it was expired -- might well consider them a scam.

Politicians in Ontario are starting to hear cries of foul from consumers burned by gift cards with expiry dates, and are considering imposing some rules about it.

Gerry Phillips, the minister responsible for consumer affairs, said he's listening to the public's cries for action.

"There's some merit in taking a good look at it," Phillips said. "A lot of people end up with gift certificates that are expired and find they can't use it and wonder why. There's a legitimate consumer concern out there."
Most of the gift cards that expire allow the gift receiver to use the funds within one to two years. Now, if the gift recipient held a high value on the purchasing power of that card, it's not likely it would sit in his wallet or desk drawer for some 26 months or more.

But hurt feelings and dashed expectations of entitlement won't do, and if you declined to read the fine print on the back of the card, Peter Kormos, consumer critic for the New Democrats, feels for you and plans to introduce a private members bill in the fall to prevent gift recipients from suffering the effects of the poor consumer choices of their benefactors.

1 Comment:

rhebner said...

as soon as I heard this nonsense on the news yesterday I thought of London Fog, and their reaction.

What a stupid bit of nonsense. Isn't the solution just to figure out how to add the expiry date to the card?

It's a market problem that needs a market solution, this has NOTHING to do with the gov't.