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.
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.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.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Monday, June 26, 2006