If a product or service you buy is faulty or not of an acceptable quality, you may be able to get a repair, replacement or refund.
Whether you are entitled to a repair, replacement or refund will depend on a few things:
the types of product or service you are buying
what you are using the product for
what you were told about the product or service
how you paid
whether you bought them from a business or a private seller.
What happens if I buy something and it turns out faulty?
The Consumer Guarantees Act says that products should:
be of acceptable quality
be fit for a particular purpose
arrive on time and in good condition
match the description, sample or demonstration.
If there is a fault with the product, there are options available to you.
If it is a minor fault, the retailer can choose to replace or repair the item, or give you a refund, and they must do so in a reasonable time.
If it is a substantial fault and can't be fixed in a reasonable time, for example, a phone that won't call or a laptop that keeps crashing, you can ask for get a cash refund.
If the services have a minor issue, the business must fix the problem within a reasonable time at no cost to you.
If it is a more serious issue, for example it can't be fixed easily or is unsafe, you can cancel the contract of service and refuse to pay for the work done. If you have already paid you may be able to get some or all of your money back.
The retailer is not required to give you a cash refund if you have changed your mind about a purchase, but they might swap the item or give you a store credit. Check the store's return policy before you buy.
If you are buying something as a gift, it may be a good idea to ask for an exchange card.