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    10/07/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - Love is in the air: sponsorship deals for the rise of resale

    For those readers familiar with our Recommerce Reads series, you will know that the second-hand industry is becoming part of the mainstream online consumer experience. The number of new entrants to this market is growing and operators are attracting investment, some of which is being deployed to boost marketing budgets and increase consumer awareness.In recent years, exciting collaborations have emerged, with peer-to-peer resale platforms sponsoring TV shows, partnering with influencers and advertising on social media. There are exciting opportunities for retailers and platforms to raise brand...
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    01/07/2024
    Poland

    Polish Supreme Court confirms admissibility of public compensation in consumer cases

    PL
    On 12 June 2024, the Polish Supreme Court issued a judgment confirming that the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) can use the public compensation instrument for cases concerning infringements of the collective interests of consumers.Under the Competition and Consumer Protection Act, the UOKiK has the power to impose a financial penalty on an undertaking for violating collective interests of consumers and to order actions to remedy the effects of such a violation. The statutory list of such actions is open ended and includes making a statement of specific content and form, which...
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    17/06/2024
    Poland

    Poland proposes draft law on general product safety

    PL
    On 11 June 2024, a draft law on general product safety appeared in the Polish government's legislative and programmatic work list.The proposed law is part of the EU-wide revision of general product safety rules and is being drafted to ensure the correct application of the EU Parliament and Council Regulation 2023/988 on general product safety (EU Regulation 2023/988).The provisions of EU Regulation 2023/988, which outline the requirements for general product safety and the obligations of businesses, go into effect in December 2024, and only to narrow extent require development into the national...
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    14/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - Navigating green claims without greenwashing

    Online second-hand retail is on the rise, with increasingly eco-conscious consumers considering how they can shop more sustainably to reduce their fashion footprint. The Ethical Consumer and The Co-operative Bank’s 2023 Ethical Markets report recorded a 15% increase in people buying second-hand clothes for environmental reasons. Accordingly, “green” and “sustainable” claims have fast become a hot topic for companies looking to demonstrate their green credentials. As we noted in our previous article here, however, these same claims have also attracted the attention...
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    13/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - The Resale Revolution: key legal watch-outs for the rise of recommerce

    Pre-loved, circular, second-hand: however you describe it, the resale industry has experienced huge growth in recent years, with opportunities for businesses and consumers alike. Particular growth has been witnessed for the fashion industry, with the global second-hand fashion market expected to grow three times faster on average than the global apparel market overall, and sales forecast to reach $350bn by 2027 (ThredUp, Resale Report 2023). Reselling is, of course, not a new concept, but the proliferation of second-hand sales online has pushed it closer towards the mainstream.At CMS, our lawyers...
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    13/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - Second-hand doesn’t mean second best: consumer rights in pre-loved goods

    Online second-hand retail is booming, driven by increasingly eco and cost-conscious consumers choosing to shop “second-hand first” for clothes, homewares, electronics, and toys. The second-hand fashion market, in particular, has grown by nearly 50% according to the Ethical Consumer and The Co-operative Bank’s 2023 Ethical Markets report. This growth is particularly driven by environmental concerns, alongside a need to save money, with second-hand apparel being one of the few ethical ways to shop that tends to be more affordable.Peer-to-peer players (“P2P platforms”),...
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