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I purchased a laptop online through my catalogue (very), online

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I purchased a laptop online through my catalogue (very), online - I tried it and don't like it - I didn't realise that online it states that as soon as I plug it in I cannot return the item as it then becomes 'used' and it also states that my statutory rights are not affected. I phoned the catalogue to arrange a collection - they said I could not return the item and that there was nothing and noone I could contact to get me refund. Is this correct? I though there was something whereby you had a no of days to advise that you were not happy with an online purchase. Thank you, Helen
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

When did you purchase the laptop?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Fri - 16/8/13 - 4 days ago

Expert:  Ash replied 4 years ago.
Why did you change your mind with the Laptop?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I don't like it - i dont like the feel of the laptop when i'm using it - where my wrists sit on my old laptop it is smooth and shiny the new one has a different texture to it - it has the new windows system which i've never used and i wanted to try that also - as my old laptop is getting very slow - to me it's the same as buying a dress - some fit better than others and I really am not comfortable with this laptop

Expert:  Ash replied 4 years ago.
Did you have to break a seal on the Laptop?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

the seal was on the box - I had to break it in order to get the laptop out of the box

Expert:  Ash replied 4 years ago.
The Distance Selling Regulations only excludes certain purchases, from the OFT:

Unless you have agreed that they can, your consumers cannot
cancel if the order is for:

• services where you have had the consumer’s agreement
to start the service before the end of the usual cancellation
period and you have provided the consumer with the
required written information before you start the service,
including information that the cancellation rights will end
as soon as you start the service

• goods or services where the price depends on
fluctuations in the financial markets which cannot be
controlled by the supplier

• the supply of goods made to the consumer’s own
specification such as custom-made blinds or curtains.
This exception does not apply to upgrade options such as
choosing alloy wheels when buying a car, or a combination
of standard-off-the shelf components when ordering a PC

• goods that by reason of their nature cannot be returned

• perishable goods like fresh foods or fresh cut flowers

• audio or video recordings or computer software that the
customer has unsealed

• newspapers, periodicals or magazines, and

• gaming, betting and lottery services.

Apart from these exceptions the DSRs give consumers an
unconditional right to cancel a contract and legally oblige
you to refund all sums due in relation to the contract.

Therefore they can not stop you from cancelling as this is not excluded from the Distance Selling Regulations. For more detail please see:

If this fully answers your question, please take a moment before you leave and rate my service, it only takes a second and is an important part of the process. Otherwise if you need more information or help then please click reply. Alex

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your answer - am I reading it correctly - I can cancel the order and return it to the catalogue - is this correct?

Expert:  Ash replied 4 years ago.
Yes. Alex