The Ministry of economic development proposed to limit the return of Internet...

The Ministry of economic development proposed to limit the return of Internet shopping


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The economic development Ministry has proposed to prohibit the consumers to return household appliances, cosmetics and many other goods bought over the Internet. The initiative aims to create equal conditions for traditional and online stores

The Ministry of economic development proposed to limit the return remotely of goods sold, follows from the document published on the portal disclosure 5 Dec. The document suggests amending the law “On protection of consumer rights” and shall enter into force from the date of publication.

No refund will apply to the products from the list of durables and the list of nonfoods of the proper quality, as indicated in the explanatory note to the draft. In these lists, including jewelry, cosmetics, textile and garments, household furniture, books, appliances.

The ban is necessary in order to create equal conditions for online retail and traditional trade, says the Ministry. In addition, “it will significantly simplify and expedite trade, will contribute to the development of a competitive environment and to improve the business climate,” says the explanatory note to the initiative.

By law the consumer is entitled to exchange the food product for the same within 14 days if it has not been in use, but its appearance and properties are preserved, and there is a receipt. The exception is items from the list of goods that cannot be returned or exchanged, which included books, cosmetics, furniture and much more.

Now on M. Video website the consumer is entitled to refuse the goods of good quality at any time before the transfer or within 14 days after receipt, says a company representative. Ozon takes the proper quality goods of all categories in the statutory period while maintaining their presentation, the Director of the legal Department of an online retailer Nadezhda Belova.

The online and offline trade should be a single legislative regulation, the President of the Association of companies the Internet-trade (AKIT include M. Video, Eldorado, Detsky Mir, as well as Kupivip and about 30 online stores) Alexey Fedorov. The restriction on refunds in some cases can be explained by the hygiene standards and requirements, and in others to the inability of the seller to guarantee the safety and quality of used product for resale, says Fedorov.

The reduction of the types of products that have the right to return the consumer, can have a negative impact on consumer confidence in online shopping, does not agree Belova. The return procedure should be simple and without restrictions, thus to avoid abuse it is necessary to clarify the characteristics of a “marketable”, and to introduce a special provision of the terms of satisfaction of customer requirements — they must be calculated from the date of receipt by the seller of goods, she said.

E-Commerce grew by 27% to 202 billion rubles in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same period of 2015, data from Data Insight. Overall for the year 2016 the market will be about 800 billion rubles or 24% more than last year, predicts Data Insight.