Officially, the Christmas shopping season is here again and it is usually a time when consumers buy all sorts of items for themselves, gifts for love ones or to improve their home decor. It is also a fact that at this time of the year more than any other time, businesses increase their advertising and sales promotion to encourage customers to buy what they are offering for sale. Likewise, consumers must be very vigilant in their choices.
From this week to the end of the Christmas season this column will focus extensively on providing tips that will guide consumers towards making informed purchases during the season, especially relating to products monitored by the GNBS.
As consumers, spending money in a very smart manner this Christmas season is definitely possible! Shopping for products that are of quality and making comparisons to find the most reasonable prices offered by different business establishments are the ways to go.
Products that are produced according to or are conforming to the requirements of National or International Standards are usually of good quality. Most of these products are tested to ensure conformance to specified requirements and carry one or many standards marks, such as: UL, CE, CSA, NOM, CCC. For example, on our locally manufactured PVC Pipes and gold jewellery manufactured by the certified jewellers, you can find the Guyana’s National Standards Mark – GNBS in a double wall circle.
Don’t shop in a rush and become confused. Take a moment to carefully understand your expectations of the product you intend to buy. Aspects to be considered should include quality, durability, performance, usefulness, alternatives and price. “Sales” are generally enticing and consumers tend to buy products for which they have no need.
Shopping smart takes time, skill and practice. Each of us needs to practice smart shopping to get “A Fair Share in the Market Place”.
GNBS encourages consumers to ‘shop smart’!
To get your fair share in the market place try these shopping reminders:
The Guyana National Bureau of Standards encourages all consumers to always plan your purchases and buy quality products to get the best value for your money.