Greek consumers seem to know very little about their rights, as they rank last among European Union citizens, according to the 2017 Consumer Conditions Scoreboard that the European Commission published on Tuesday.
It is often that the lack of consumer awareness leads to many Greeks falling victims of exploitation. And even when they know that they have been taken advantage of, they still fail to claim what they are entitled to.
At the same time, Greek retailers rank third from bottom among their EU counterparts when it comes to knowing the rights of consumers, the same study says: Greece has the third highest rate of consumers (33.7 percent) in the bloc who are subject to unfair practices by retailers.
Almost half of Greeks (47.3 percent) are unlikely to protest when their consumer rights are violated, against an EU average of 27.1 percent. The lack of awareness along with the very small number of consumer rights organizations leave Greeks vulnerable to dishonest practices by retailers. Also, only 36.4 percent of Greeks trust consumer associations, the study says.
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