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When the marketplace is conceived, some level of protection to consumers, its primary participants, is envisioned. The idea of consumer protection rests with the notion that consumers exchange their money with the assurance that what is being purchased poses little, if no, threat to them and has met some level of competancy in terms of quality. The idea of consumer protection rests with the belief that "fair play" is evident in the marketplace. The pursuit of self interest implies that one individual's pursuit does not trade off with another. The merchant that seeks to make income does so through an agreement with the consumer that the product being acquired is of market value and has a level of quality within it. This helps the consumer in the understanding that what is being bought is equitable to the cost and it helps the merchant in that future transactions are assured. In terms of the right to safety for consumers, this is implicit in the meeting of a standard of quality assurance.
Right to safety and consumer protection are two aspects of the general area of consumer rights. The seller these days are generally big companies enjoying substantial economic power. In comparison, individual consumers are economically weak. Further, big businesses are frequently considered by consumer to be experts in the technology of product they manufacture and sell. As a result, when a product is put on sale by a company it is assumed by consumer that the product gives them value for their money, and is safe for them to use. Also the companies make tall claims about their products, which are believed by consumers.
However, not all big businesses use their economic and the expert power they enjoy, as ethically as desirable. As a result governments in many countries have enacted laws to protect consumer interests. Among other issues, such laws make it obligatory for companies to make their products safe for consumers and to provide correct and adequate information about their product. Similarly these laws also provide some measure of protection from supply of inferior or defective quality of product. Thus, supplies are obliged to provide some minimum warranty and guarantee on the product they supply. Further, they are are required to ensure that they meet all their commitment to their customers, made either as explicit as terms of sales, or as inferred from their advertisement and other communications.
Safety of the product is a major part of the product quality and performance requirements covered by the consumer protection laws. Safety laws prohibit commercial sale of products without adequately satisfying that it is safe for use buy consumers. Further, companies are obliged to inform the consumer adequately about the product and its use do avoid accidental damage to life or property, including the product itself. Also, if there are any damages by the product, due to supplier's failure to ensure safety by these means there are legal provision for the suppliers to compensate the affected consumers.
Means right to be protected against the marketing of goods and services, which are hazardous to life and property. The purchased goods and services availed of should not only meet their immediate needs, but also fulfil long term interests.
Before purchasing, consumers should insist on the quality of the products as well as on the guarantee of the products and services. They should preferably purchase quality marked products such as ISI,AGMARK, etc
Right to Safety:
-bill of rights established by President Kennedy in 1962.
- 1st of established rights and responsibility
- Right: products should not endanger consumer lives or health
- Responsibility-Consumers should read and follow all instructions related as directed by the manufactuer/service provider.
Right to Consumer Protection: While I appreciate the word "right" in your question. I think Consumer Protection stems from many years of concern, increased awareness, and finally the inception of the consumer movement seeking to protect and inform the consumer of poor or dangerous goods. From this working thesis, the development of government agencies, Food and Drug Agency, private consumer groups, Consumer Resports, and even state agency, State Attorney Office, were developed to answer the calls from consumer to provide protections from unethical or questionable business practices sometime practiced by companies in their pursuit of profitability.
Hope this explaination helped you in your quest to become an "informed consumer".
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