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Consumers are often misdirected and lead to believe, things that are not true. But more often it is habit or compulsion.

Updated on November 5, 2012

Which of these toys can a toddler be left alone with?

Trick question - A toddler should never be left alone with toys. The package says safe for toddlers, but the disclaimer that comes with it says only with supervision.
Trick question - A toddler should never be left alone with toys. The package says safe for toddlers, but the disclaimer that comes with it says only with supervision. | Source

Consumer protection is your job.

Consumer protection, consumerism, consumer reporting.

I wonder why there is such a dearth of hub activity on Consumer protection, consumerism, consumer reporting. Well I searched and could not find even a category that comes close within the hubpage structure. Perhaps a subcategory from item to item but nothing just for Consumers. Ralph Nader is not a myth, the magazine “Consumer Reports” has a long history of success. Caesar Chavez fought for individual farm workers rights but he did not win so much with labor as with boycotts. Consumers are demanding green so we are going green. Consumers are demanding organic and free range and so off we go. But these occurrences do not happen in a vacuum.

We have to stand up for our rights or they will soon be whittled away or annihilated. Why would such an enlightened body such as hubbers not be in the forefront of this exciting grass roots tradition?

In this hub I will give some pieces of reality that providers of services and sellers of product do not want you to know. Perhaps because HP is basically in the marketing area, I should tread lightly and away for online matters for the moment.

Absolutely all Sales are Final? I do not think so.

Caveat Emptor is an old term that means buyer beware. Long gone and lost within our consumer conscious legislative groups. The idea was fair in jolly old pre-industrial England, but rather silly among the ranks of mega corps and transnational financial dealings. We as consumers are no longer to beware but woe be to sellers who sell falsely.

First is NO RETURN ON THIS ITEM. That is so ridiculous that you would not even consider it in a sober mind. Of course you can return it. Of course you can get your money back. If a product is not suited for the advertised reason for it’s existence, and therefore purchase, it is returnable. See how simple that is? The concept is clear, if the product does not perform as advertised it is defective and returnable. The concept of no return stems from corporate policies to allow returns for no reason at all. But it seems to have grown to a marketing that suggests an item cannot be returned for a reason, and that is false. You may have to enforce this right but you have it.

Second is YOU PARK HERE AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you pay them it is the most ridiculous disclaimer of all times. Of course they have to protect your vehicle from foreseeable harm. Period and end of story. From width of parking space to known gang activity in the area, at the very least they most notify and take precautions. We are always at our own risk but that does not mean that the seller of your parking space does not owe you a duty to act reasonable. If negligence on the sellers part results in damage or injury to you or your vehicle they are responsible.

Some signage sounds good but really?

If we train them early they will always question authority, and expecially the authority of a sign. Interestingly neither this boy or his dog can read the sign.
If we train them early they will always question authority, and expecially the authority of a sign. Interestingly neither this boy or his dog can read the sign. | Source

If we fear, we cannot assert our rights.

Here is a fun one about restaurants,, they serve you something that makes you sick, they owe you major big time and all it takes is a pumping of your stomach. Food that is properly cared for and prepared does not make us sick (allergies are different) Quite often food that is not properly cared for and prepared does make us sick. It is amazing how easy it is to track a given sickness to a given food.

High risk sports. Skiing is an interesting one. It is dangerous. Skiing often results in injury. Because you assume that risk of a dangerous sport does not mean you accept the risk of dangerous equipment or premises. Just about everything to do with skiing involves training and certification and permits and standards and inspections. That is partly why it is so expensive. A 5 year old binding cannot even be touched by a certified technician and a Chairlift cannot start loading passengers before a rigorous inspection every day. Even the trails must be inspected for removable hazards.

This article is not meant to be legal but it may sound like it, sorry. It is meant to be coming from someone who has worked in the areas addressed. Employees learn and know the shenanigans of both their customers and their bosses. It is really interesting how effective a sign that says something is, even if it is total bologna. I saw one on a public street, in front of a house saying that it was private parking. On a busy street full of parked cars this space was empty. No way can a private citizen create private parking on a public street. No, I did not park there. You never know. See how well it worked?

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truly manufacturers will even calculate the cost of serious injury, by way of liability. They just plug it into the template and include it in the overall accouting. So perhaps nowadays it should be more "let the buyer be aware"

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      joer4x4 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      "Let the buyer beware" doesn't work to well as some would have your believe. One can not beware unless they know and the manufacturer is not going to hurt their own sales. All based on the false assumption that deception works - until the crap hits the fan

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful comment. Yes I suppose there are many exceptions to the return concept. Perhaps I painted with too broad a brush. And we musn't forget that many times you would have to force them 'legally' to accept the returned item. I have much to follow up on.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric -

      Interesting hub. Many places now have restrictions on returning items. Walmart refuses to take back ammo, even in exchange. They proclaim it's a state law of which it's not. Most music and video store sales will exchange only for the same item to keep people from downloading and then returning. The consumer really doesn't have the rights they once did because of the way big business has controlled the political structure and legal system in this country. I like your hub and it's direction, but I hope you and I can agree to disagree on this one point. : ) Peace, my friend!