Everyday law – thinking about your summer wardrobe?

This article is part of our Everyday law series where we look at examples of how law affects us as we go about our daily lives.

Are you thinking of making a few purchases to freshen up your wardrobe for the warmer weather? If so, your transactions will be governed by laws that you may not have ever had reason to think about. The main legislation is the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which is designed to give consumers recompense if they buy goods that don’t work or are of poor quality.

Thanks to generous reimbursement offers from many big high street operators, particularly over the Christmas period, there is a widely held myth that you are entitled to take back items if you change your mind. That isn’t the case if you buy in person, unless the items are faulty or not as described on the packaging. It’s different if you buy online though, as you are entitled to send back any goods bought on line within fourteen days and claim a full refund under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013.

The law relating to retail purchases is covered in the law of contract.

Buying online can stray into Criminal Law territory, though, but only if the person buying the goods knows that they have been stolen by the seller. In these circumstances the person making the purchase can be charged with the crime of handling stolen goods.

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