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Weekly consumer advice

• Paying a deposit entails committing to a legally binding contract to purchase the goods or services ordered.

• Unless there is a specific clause in the contract of sale that states otherwise, consumers who do not honour their part of the contract may lose the deposit paid.

• Consumers should negotiate the amount of deposit to be paid and ideally pay the least possible sum.

• Before paying a deposit, consumers should know who they are dealing with. This is especially so when the purchase is done through a distance means of communication.

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