Shopping tips for travellers - multilingual

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Travellers’ consumer tips

When you shop in our great State you have the same rights as all Western Australians.

You can buy with confidence as laws prohibit misleading or deceptive conduct by traders. All goods sold must be accurately described, so read the labels carefully to ensure the products you are comparing are similar.

Businesses selling goods by measurement or by weight must also comply with the law, so you can be sure you are getting the correct amount you paid for.

The safety of products, especially children’s products, is also regulated. While this restricts the sale of some items, you can rest easy knowing that the gifts or souvenirs you buy will not cause harm. 

In addition, Consumer Protection plays a key role in helping consumers get a fair result when they have a dispute with a trader - a process we call ‘conciliation’.

If you’ve made an effort to resolve the complaint yourself but haven’t had any success, contact us. We may be able to deal with your dispute or if we can’t, we will suggest the best course of action.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your shopping in WA

Consumer rights

The goods you buy must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and match their description. If not, you may be able to ask for a refund of your purchase price, repair or replacement.

Compare prices

Some businesses that specialise in looking after tourists earn a commission for introducing new customers. These costs are often passed on to the customer through higher prices. If you are not happy with the price, shop around.

Shop around for the best deals

Remember to compare all the terms and conditions, as well as the warranty offered. Ask locals for advice on the best buys in the area. If you are on a tour, don’t feel you must buy from the shops you are taken to. Remember all shops must obey Australian fair trading laws, which give you the right to choose what you want and be treated fairly.

You are entitled to get your money back if you buy something that does not work as promised. This is a consumer right in Australia. If the item is faulty you may be offered a replacement or a refund. 

Shops do not have to give a refund if you:

  • change your mind;
  • have misused or damaged the goods; or
  • were aware of the fault at the time of purchase.

If you have a problem, try to settle it with the trader first

Always check the shop’s policies, especially what happens once you have left Australia. Remember to keep your receipts as your proof of purchase.

Check the exchange rate

is accurate if paying for goods in a foreign currency. Exchange rates can be checked online, in newspapers or at banks and money exchangers.

Credit card

details are often taken as a form of security by service providers eg car hire and accommodation. Western Australia prides itself on having honest traders but it is important to check your statements for any incorrect charges.

Tips when buying Indigenous arts and crafts

Buy from galleries and stores that can authenticate the source of their merchandise. Most outlets will be happy to provide details about their products and the artists who made them.

Look for labels or stamps that explains the origin of the work. These will often give information about the artist and the artwork. Feel free to ask questions and to seek more information about the origin of the work or merchandise. 

Consumer Protection
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Last updated 14 Mar 2018

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