Proposed bill looks to ‘crack down’ on salespeople

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Junior governing alliance partner Christian Democratic Party (KDNP) is reportedly drafting a bill to submit to the Hungarian Parliament that would crack down on what they say are “illegal practices” used by salespeople in product presentations, Bence Rétvári, the party’s deputy head, said late yesterday according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

Rétvári said that the bill is expected to prohibit the signing of credit contracts at product presentations and will mandate organizers to run a customer service department. It would also prohibit product presentations from being advertised as "free of charge".

Citing hard evidence, the party head said that consumer protection authorities receive almost 1,000 complaints on such product presentations a year, and this number is up from 250 of four years ago. He noted that the elderly are often being targeted in such presentations and are deceived by such practices.

Rétvári expects the bill to be debated by lawmakers in the fall and to come into effect as of November, however sales companies would have time until December to set up a customer service department. According to the experience of oversight officials, roughly only one-quarter of product presentations are conducted in line with the law, Rétvári said.

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