The stability of your financial life can be shaken by some scams that are applied and which, often, we do not even notice. If, by chance, you have already purchased a product or service that was conditional on the purchase of another item, be aware that this constitutes a married sale and is prohibited by law.
In this post, we will explain what the dangers of the married sale are by using real examples of this type of practice. Read not to take risks and protect yourself!
Minimum consumption in bars and restaurants
No customer may be required to make consumption relative to a minimum amount so that he can stay anywhere. According to the law, this action, which is commonly applied by bars and restaurants, is considered an arbitrary practice and offends the freedom of the consumer to choose which product and in what quantity to consume.
Credit card with insurance
Many credit card issuers put their bill in the amount of insurance. Normally, it is called “Insurance Protection” or “Premium Insurance”, with promises of sweepstakes, guarantees etc.
The problem is that most consumers do not ask for this insurance, but even so, they receive the charge, between $ 10.00 and $ 20.00, on the invoice of your card. Because they are small amounts, they end up going unnoticed, but they can make a difference in your budget when added together.
Know that this is considered abusive, allowing the consumer to claim double the amount of everything you paid for that insurance you did not ask for. This request for compensation, determined by the sole paragraph of article 42 of the Consumer Protection Code itself, may be made directly to the company or through the judicial sphere.
Entry into cinema with food sold exclusively by the establishment
You’ve probably been watching a movie at the movies, maybe watching a play in the theater and you’ve seen a sign or been warned by an employee that you would not be allowed to consume any kind of food or produce from another location.
According to the law, this hurts the consumer’s right. The married sale here is characterized by the conditioning of the customer’s entrance and the purchase of products from the site itself. This type of practice only benefits the establishment that, most of the time, usually adopt abusive prices, such as charging $ 8.00 for a bottle of water.
Therefore, if the consumer wants to purchase food outside the theater or cinema, he can not be prevented from entering the session with these products.
Buffet linked to party space rental
If you are renting an event space for any style of party and are informed that to close the deal you will also need to hire the services of the buffet, this is considered a married sale.
It is a practice that violates the customer’s freedom of choice, preventing him from opting for the suppliers he would like, whether for food, drink, photography, music, etc.
If you are the victim of a married sale, report to the competent bodies such as Procon, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Consumer Police, so that the pertinent measures of punishment can be adopted.
Now that you know how not to fall for this trick, read this article also to watch for online scams .