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The OMIC Torreña advises 'using the head' in Christmas shopping (07/12/2019)

The Department of Commerce and Consumption of Las Torres de Cotillas, through the Municipal Office of Consumer Information (OMIC), has launched the campaign 'Christmas is coming, use your head!', Which offers a series of tips For these parties.

"At this time we can sometimes get carried away, so it is necessary to think about it and be clear about how to deal with our purchases intelligently," explains the councilor and deputy mayor Mª Ángeles Fernández Fernández.

"It is very important to plan expenses, make a list of the most necessary purchases, stick to the budget we have and avoid becoming indebted," says head of the service, Francisco Juan Sánchez, who remembers that at Christmas some products increase in price, so You have to compare prices and the quality of products and services. It is also interesting to buy food that can be frozen or stored in advance and make reservations for gifts and food that, by their characteristics, can only be Acquire at the last minute. Other aspects to consider are:

Be cautious with the use of credit cards and monitor expenses that are not paid in cash.

If the credit card is used, identify yourself so that the establishment verifies that they are the cardholder who they use.

guard the credit card to avoid loss, theft or any fraudulent use.

ask for and keep the ticket or the purchase invoice (they are the guarantee of the product, as well as the commercial catalogs and their advertising.

If you need money urgently, it is necessary to consult all the products offered by the financial market and not to rush.

Before hiring, information should be requested from entities to find the most appropriate option for our needs.

Eye with toys

"It is a time to buy toys, which should serve to entertain children, so you must take into account the age and maturity of children, and their content and educational aspects," said the deputy mayor, who stresses that it is very important to avoid sexist distinction and incitement to violence, and read the labels, rules and instructions of the game.

It is also recommended to look at the mandatory minimum data that must appear, such as the CE mark - which means that the toy meets the essential safety requirements contained in the community regulations -, the name and brand of the product, the company name and the address of the manufacturer or importer or seller, and instructions and warnings for use.

Likewise, electrically operated toys must specify their maximum power, the supply voltage they need and their energy consumption.

And toys made with renewable materials (wood, cardboard ...) usually have a lower environmental impact in the manufacturing process than those made through industrial processes (synthetic materials, plastics ...).

As for one of the star children's gifts of these dates, video games, several questions must be raised: choosing the most appropriate to the age, personality and sensitivity of the user, especially if he is a minor;

be clear about its classification, which appears on the lower front and on the back of the video game;

verify that the labeling contains the business name and address of the manufacturer or importer or the seller, and the PEGI code, which is the code of conduct of the European interactive software industry, which establishes a classification by age and content;

Check its instructions for use and features.

A sustainable Christmas

"In a period in which purchases multiply, we must also have a head to contribute to a sustainable and environmentally friendly Christmas," says Sánchez.

For that, the OMIC Torreña recommends:

avoid unnecessary wrappings and recycle them for other uses, as well as deposit the materials and containers that we use in the corresponding containers.

use rechargeable batteries for toys and electronic devices.

Buy products and services with official environmental quality badges.

If we buy appliances choose a class A (more efficient category), since energy consumption is lower.

If we buy a Christmas tree choose one that comes from a nursery or controlled plantation.

Recycle unused toys.

Those in good condition can be donated to children without resources and deposit the damaged ones in the corresponding container.

For a proximity consumption

An important recommendation of the Department of Commerce and Consumption is to advocate for local commerce.

"We have in our municipality many establishments of all kinds, run by neighbors of Las Torres de Cotillas, which offer a wide range of high quality products at a very good price," says Fernández Fernández, who explains that this helps strengthen the local economy, contributing to the growth and development of the locality, and reduce the energy expenditure produced by the transport of products from one continent to another.

"We remember that in our town we have the 'Las Torres Commercial Area', which agglutinates more than a hundred merchants, hoteliers, artisans and professionals, and is a symbol of quality and safety for Torreño consumers," said deputy mayor.

In addition, from the OMIC they also remember that all companies have official complaint sheets and that it is a guarantee to choose an establishment adhered to the Consumer Arbitration System of the Region of Murcia.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Las Torres de Cotillas

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