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Refunds, Replacements & Repairs
When you've been wronged by a product seller, your best bet is to arm yourself with a dose of good common sense and a firm grasp of the law. The information below can be used as a powerful negotiating tool, especially when it's clear the seller would not budge otherwise. 

Resolving Disputes For Goods & Services The Right To Keep, Cancel Or Return
Retail Store Policies Warranties & Rebates
False Advertising Reaching Company Big Shots






 

 



 

 

 




 

 



 

 

 




















Resolving Disputes

The Quickest Way To Get A Human When On A Voice Interactive Directory
Companies listed alphabetically.

Consumer Protection Agencies In Georgia
An overview of who regulates food, deceptive ads & sales practices, utilities, insurance companies and other consumer products and services.

The Well-Crafted Complaint Gets Results-- and Freebies (Article)
Angry about poor service or a shabby product? Take your case straight to the top, be reasonable and firm, and enjoy the occasional peace offering. 

Tips On Getting Good Customer Service (For Buying Online) 
Includes consumer advocate links and suggestions on how to ward off trouble before you buy.

Channel 11/WXIA Call For Action (678) 422-8466
Volunteers hear consumer complaints and then act as mediators between the aggrieved consumer and seller.  These volunteers have the clout of a major TV station behind them and this often makes sellers much more cooperative. 

Channel 2/WSB CONSUMER ACTION CENTER (404) 892-8227  

Georgia Office Of Consumer Affairs (404) 651-8600
                                 (800) 869-1123  

Better Business Bureaus (Links Throughout The U.S.)
Often BBB's will serve as mediators between you and the seller.

How To Right A Wrong (FTC)
Lists consumer laws the seller may have violated, gives you tips on how to resolve your complaint and even has a sample complaint letter. Also points you to other places where you can go for help. 

Solving Consumer Problems (FTC)
Similar to How To Right A Wrong.

Mediation & Arbitration (FTC Brochure)

Government Complaint Center
Find the federal agency that deals with your problem and fill out an online complaint form to get them to investigate.  Subjects regulated include, airlines, banks, food, medicine, car matters,  cell phones, health clubs and much much more.

Find Your Local Newspaper, Magazine, Radio & TV Stations
Give them a little bad press and you're bargaining power increases tremendously. Select your state, and then click on your county or city for the proper media to report to. (DC Not Included).

Find The AARP In Your State
The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

False Advertising/Negotiating For A Refund
Getting a refund when the ad you relied on was false or misleading.

National Help Orgs For A Variety Of Consumer Problems
The Elderly, Environment, Families, Fraud, Health & Safety, Insurance The Handicapped, Medical Problems, Telemarketing and more.

National And Federal Consumer Rights Organizations
Links with descriptions.

For More, See Consumer-SOS/Lawyers, Courts & Self Help

For Disputes With Professionals, See 
Consumer-SOS/Occupational Licensing Boards


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Retail Store Policies

*Retail Store Policies In Georgia
Offers tips on what to ask before you buy.  Also has some general information on the laws that protect you from deceptive practices.
About half is good for other states (copy and modify if you need to)

See Resolving Disputes

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False Advertising

*Spotting Deceptive Advertising (GA)

*Laws Enforced By The GA Office Of Consumer Affairs (GA)

*Georgia Fair Business Practice Act (The Statute)
Learn how GA law protections the consumers from deceptive business practices. The Act's broad language is a powerful tool against unfair dealings.

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10-1-393 10-1-393.3 10-1-393.6  

Consumer Protection Agencies In Georgia
An overview of who regulates food, deceptive ads & sales practices, utilities, insurance companies and other consumer products and services.

Channel 11/WXIA Call For Action (678) 422-8466
Volunteers hear consumer complaints and then act as mediators between the aggrieved consumer and seller.  These volunteers have the clout of a major TV station behind them and this often makes sellers much more cooperative. 

Channel 2/WSB CONSUMER ACTION CENTER (404) 892-8227  

Georgia Office Of Consumer Affairs (404) 651-8600
                                 (800) 869-1123  

Advertising And Your Rights
includes: False Advertising, Problems with Bait and Switch, Price Tags and Window Signs. 

Stop Companies & Advertisers from Displaying False Ads

False Advertising/Negotiating For A Refund

Getting a refund when the ad you relied on was false or misleading.

False Advertising
(Nolo.com)
Learn what rules must be followed and where to go get help if they are broken.

The Applicability Of FTC Law To Internet Advertising

Deceptive Advertisements (Federal Trade Commission)
Rules & Regulations against such.

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Warranties & Rebates

The Laws On Warranties In Georgia
Learn:
What is a warranty?
What is an implied warranty?
What is a warranty of merchantability?
What is a warranty of fitness?
What is a warranty of title?
How do you waive an implied warranty?
What is an express warranty?
What is the difference between a full warranty and a limited warranty?
What to do if a warranty is broken?


Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Product Warranties (Nolo.com)

Taking The Bait Out Of Rebates (FTC)

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Reaching Company Big Shots

Brand Name Lookup (Ad Redbook Homepage)
At the mid-top of the page click on brand name lookup and find the company behind the product. Then call 1800-555-1212 for the company's toll free #

Thomas' Food Industry Register can tell a company's name, address and phone number, the products it produces and the government agencies that regulate both the products and the company itself.

Information On US & International Companies
Find the company behind the brand name, where they're located, their financial info, their officers, subsidiaries and more.

Find The Company Behind Textile, Fur & Wool Products (RN Lookup)
A registered identification number or RN is a number issued by the Federal Trade Commission, upon request, to a business residing in the U.S. that is engaged in the manufacture, importing, distribution, or sale of textile, wool, or fur products. Such businesses are not required to have RNs. They may, however, use the RN in place of a name on the label or tag that is required to be affixed to these products
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Finding The Company's Headquarters (Large List Of Addresses & Links).

See Consumer-SOS/Public Records  
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The Right To Keep, Cancel or Return Merchandise

*Your Right To Cancel A Contract When You Are Solicited At Home/Your Right To Keep Unordered Merchandise (GA)

Channel 11/WXIA Call For Action
(678) 422-8466
Volunteers hear consumer complaints and then act as mediators between the aggrieved consumer and seller.  These volunteers have the clout of a major TV station behind them and this often makes sellers much more cooperative. 

Channel 2/WSB CONSUMER ACTION CENTER (404) 892-8227  

Georgia Office Of Consumer Affairs (404) 651-8600
                                 (800) 869-1123  

Canceling A Contract/Getting A Refund (Nolo)
Frequently asked questions about canceling a contract or
getting your money back.

Shopping From Home
Learn  about your right to return merchandise, cancel orders and protect yourself from fraud.

US State Timeshare Rescission Periods (Cooling Off Periods In All 50 States & DC)
Each state passes its own laws regarding the amount of time you have after buying a timeshare property to return it for a full refund.  The process of returning an unwanted timeshare shortly after purchasing is known as Timeshare Rescission, or rescinding. 

The Mail & Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (Brief Sketch Of Your Rights)
When the customer is entitled to a refund because the seller cannot ship on time.

The Mail & Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (Rules Corps Must Follow) 
Did the company follow the rules to a tee?  If not, they are required by law to give you a refund.

Unordered Merchandise (FTC)
What do you do when you receive merchandise that you didn’t order? According to the Federal Trade Commission, you don’t have to pay for it. 

The Low Down On Late Internet Shipments (FTC Article)
Goods must be shipped within the time stated.  If not, the consumer must be allowed to agree to the delay or cancel the order and receive a prompt refund.

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Getting The Company Or Ad Agency To Pull False Or Misleading Ads

Perhaps you have been harmed by a false or misleading advertisement and want such removed from the public eye. But before you can do anything about it you must first find out who is responsible.  And even when you know who to talk to, it's another matter entirely getting anyone to listen.

Strategy
Using The Advertising Redbooks, find out where the company advertises.  Then in separate letters to both the company and their advertisers, tell them what will happen if they don't pull their misleading advertisement.

Steps

Using Advertising RedBooks

  1. First: Use their brand name lookup if you need the company  that makes the product.
  2. Then get a password and Id so you can log on to the red book site. This site has a free 7 day trial membership to find information such as the advertising agencies employed by the company, a breakdown of the products handled by each agency, and e-mail addresses for key company and ad agency personnel. (Note: Once you sign up, it may take a day before you can log on). 
  3. As soon as you have access, do a subscriber search using the company name. When you score a hit, click on the company name.  From there you'll see several options at the bottom, including "Key Personnel" "Advertising Agencies" and "Brands".
  4. Click on "Advertising Agencies" so you can find the company which does all or most of their advertising. Then write down key names, numbers and email addresses. 
  5. Write a letter to the both the company and their advertising agency telling them their ads are false and must be pulled. 


Your letter should warn them "You are hereby given written notice that at least one of your ads is false and/ or misleading. (Make sure you are very clear about which ad is the misleading one. If possible, enclose the brochure or newspaper clipping that includes the ad. Then explain in one or two sentences why the ad is misleading).

 Next, insert the following:

"On  (fill in the date)           I saw your ad in (name the newspaper, magazine or TV station/radio station) and relied on it to my detriment.

As you know, false advertising is a violation of federal law. If you continue to display these ads, your company may be subject to the severe fines and penalties imposed by the Federal Trade Commission.

Please be advised that you and your ad agency share equal responsibility for any advertisement that is false or misleading.  Under federal law, it matters not whether you designed the ad or merely displayed it.  Both of you have received notice of the defect and both of you will held liable if nothing is done about it.

Please respond within 10 days. Otherwise this letter and samples of your ad (send them newspaper clippings, audio tape recordings, video clips, etc.) will be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorney General's Office for investigation. 

You can reach me at (write in your Name Address and tel #/ and or email)." 

(sign your name).

At the bottom of the last page
put "cc"  and the name of the other firm you're sending the letter to. This tells them that the other firm is also getting a copy of your letter. So if you're writing to the product seller, "cc" the advertising company.  And when you write to the advertising company, "cc" the product seller.

Send your letter certified mail return receipt so someone at the company signs for it. Keep your receipt.

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False Advertising/Negotiating For A Refund

Strategy 
(Use The Escalation Approach)

Using The Advertising RedBooks, find out where the company advertises.  Explain to the company that you've been hurt by their false advertisement and need them to give you a refund or make good on their claims. Otherwise they've done false advertising and are in violation of federal law. If they refuse to play fair, notify their advertisers that they too have broken the law and must pull these misleading ads. Also notify the Federal Trade Commission.

Remember, few companies can survive without advertisers. After all, it's the advertisers that make a firm's products and services known to the public. Scare away the advertisers and most businesses will die.

Steps

Using Advertising RedBooks

  1. First: Use their brand name lookup if you need the company  that makes the product.
  2. Then get a password and Id so you can log on to the red book site. This site has a free 7 day trial membership to find information such as the advertising agencies employed by the company, a breakdown of the products handled by each agency, and e-mail addresses for key company and ad agency personnel. (Note: Once you sign up, it may take a day before you can log on). 
  3. As soon as you have access, do a subscriber search using the company name. When you find the company that makes the product, on the company name.  From there you'll see several options at the bottom, including "Key Personnel" "Advertising Agencies" and "Brands".
  4. Click on "Advertising Agencies" so you can find the company which does all or most of their advertising. Then write down key names, numbers and email address. 
  5. Write a letter to the company explaining what the problem is and what you want. 

Your letter should warn them "You are hereby given notice that
at least one of your ads is false and/ or misleading. (Make sure you are very clear about which ad is the misleading one. You may want to include the brochure or newspaper clipping. Then explain to them in one or two sentences why it is misleading).

 Then insert the following:

"On  (fill in the date)           I saw your ad in (name the newspaper, magazine or TV station/radio station) and relied on it to my detriment.

Given the situation above, I think it's only fair that: (choose one)

A. I be given a a full refund for all the money I paid.

                Or

B. You make good on the claims of your advertisements.

As you know, false advertising is against federal law. If you continue to display these ads, both, you and your advertising agency may be subject to the severe fines and penalties imposed by the Federal Trade Commission.

If I do not hear from you in 10 days, this letter will be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorney General's Office for investigation.  I will also feel duty bound to forward a copy to (name of their advertising Agency) as they too are responsible.

I can be reached at (Your Name Address and tel #/ and or email)." 

(sign your name).

Send your letter  certified mail return receipt so someone at the company signs for it. Keep your receipt.

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