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The law states that goods must be either of satisfactory quality, as described or fit for purpose. If goods have been supplied and they are not of satisfactory quality, you are entitled to either a repair, replacement or a refund.

These rights are valid for six years from the time of purchase. The remedy offered by the retailer will be proportionate to the usage and amount of time since the product was purchased. This does not include wear and tear.

If the problem occurs within the first six months, then it is deemed to have been supplied in that condition unless the trader/retailer can prove otherwise.

The retailer is entitled to see proof of purchase, which is normally, but not necessarily the receipt.

The government also offer help and advice in the form of Consumer Direct tel: 08454 04 05 06 and Trading Standards may also be able to help.

Please see the websites in related information for more details.

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