Brexit could be really bad news for anyone that loves online shopping
So as we all know, the official Brexit day is very much looming.
The UK is set to leave the EU on October 31, and many businesses are gearing up for it.
And apparently, the changes that businesses are making could affect consumers.
Specifically, online shoppers.
Research published today by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has revealed that seven out of ten people in Ireland have bought from a UK-based retailer online in the past two years.
We're talking the likes of ASOS, John Lewis and Topshop... yeah, all the good ones.
The commission surveyed shoppers and revealed that 40 percent of them said they had returned items to online UK sellers.
And this is where the issues may arise.
Currently, when we buy something online from an EU-based retailer, we are entitled to return it within a certain period of time.
However, when the UK leave the EU, consumer rights will change.
When Brexit day eventually comes, rights like this may not be guaranteed.
The survey also found that 25 percent of shoppers are planning to change their online purchasing habits in response to Brexit.
Alongside the issues of returns, ordering from the UK post-Brexit may also see more tax, like customs and excise duty and VAT.
So yeah, this is not good news for us.