February 11, 2015

CT prods RadioShack patrons to act

Connecticut's top consumer advocates are urging customers with RadioShack gift cards, certificates and store credits to quickly redeem them in the wake of the electronics retailer's bankruptcy filing.

Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris issued their joint advisory on Wednesday.

RadioShack announced last week plans to close hundreds of U.S. stores, including 24 in Connecticut, between Feb. 17 and March 31.

Connecticut consumers seeking to return to RadioShack merchandise purchased prior to the bankruptcy filing should also do so as soon as possible since the company will accept returns until March 7, officials said.

RadioShack also intends to accept gift cards only during the first 30 days after its bankruptcy filing, they said. Consumers must use them before the March 7 deadline in order to avoid losing their value.

All goods sold during the store closing sales are sold as-is, although consumers have seven days to return goods with latent defects to the point of purchase, authorities said.

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