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Now the law is sold on consumers’ rights

17 June 2014

Computer key with law written on it.

A total of 10 individual pieces of legislation, including the two most important laws for consumers, have received a long-awaited makeover.

Now, professional online sellers will have to clearly identify themselves as "traders" and comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act – regardless of the sales channel they use. There is also increased liability for traders if goods do not arrive on time or are damaged. The rules around "shill bidding", in which traders try to drive up prices on their own auctions, have been clarified to make it a specific offence.

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Discussion starters

  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to explain how different disciplines have impacted on technological practice. (level 6)
  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to explain why understanding socio-technological environments allows technological outcomes to be better understood. (level 6)

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Keywords: trade me, consumer guarantees, law, digital, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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