Online shoppers within the EU will face significant charges to their rights following Brexit, should they buy from UK-based companies.
An August report published by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) shows that 72% of Irish people have shopped online from a company based in the UK in the past two years.
Of these, two in five (40%) have returned items to online UK sellers.
EU online shoppers enjoy a range of rights under EU consumer legislation including a cooling-off period, which gives you the freedom to change your mind after you have made a purchase.
These rules don't just apply to online shopping but also cover other distance purchases, such as those placed by phone or mail order.
Although should Brexit go ahead – currently scheduled for 31 October – rights like this one, along with many others, may not be guaranteed.
Meaning that the right to a change of mind, to clear your information, to refund for delayed or non-delivery or to redress in case of faulty goods might affect online shoppers purchasing from the UK.
31% of people surveyed reported that they will change their shopping habits as a result of Brexit, with plans to buy from websites in other EU countries in lieu of UK sites.
Apart from losing some rights, buying from UK-based vendors could also mean a higher tax payment, like customs and excise duty and VAT.
Over the next six weeks, a campaign informing consumers will be rolled out, and more information is available on ccpc.ie
More tips for shopping safe online can be found here.