TOMORROW thousands of shoppers will be kicking themselves when they see presents they bought just a few days ago for Three Kings at half price, as stores across the Balearics throw their doors open to the winter sales. While a few areas on the mainland launched their sales on January 1, the Balearics have held out until the end of the festive period in order not to lose out on any income, and also because new legislation in the Balearics has been passed to encourage shops from holding the summer sales until much later during the season. So catch the bargains now as it is going to be a long haul until the next “official” discount season. But, the Consumer Union has issued its annual warning to bargain hunters on the eve of the sales. This year the advice to consumers is not to let shops “abuse” clients and for shoppers to be fully aware of their consumer rights.


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