We swear Zooropa is not a Lemon. Pop too!
Seller - Fuck you, you buy lemon lor!
Buyer - FUCK YOU, I Lemon Law you!
One of the best changes to the laws since blowjobs was made legal (as foreplay only, so if you CIM with your girlfriend or boyfriend it is still illegal fucking and fucking illegal), coming this September 2012, it is the LEMON LAW! Gone is the rule of "buyer beware", now it is "seller beware" as well. The Lemon Law to merchants is like the Women's Charter to husbands. Sure lose, regardless if your fault or not...
Shopkeepers at Sim Lim Square are probably trembling and plotting on what to do when the day of reckoning comes. However, I wouldn't be too worried if I were them. They won't be affected much as the Sim Lim practice is just change the shop name and receipts, while the staff and shop front can remain the same after selling you a lemon PSP, PC or iPat (sic). This is the true test of the power of the Lemon Law, against the notorious Sim Lim Square bandits. OK not all of them are crooks but you get the impression that some of them are the modern versions of the thieves market across at Sungei Road.
Back to the anticipated Lemon Law. Did you know that it applies to pets even as bizarre as it sounds? Yes. What next? Mail-order brides from China some would pray. Buy a bride, try her, don't like, replace her with another or refund all within 6 months! Nobody knows the true extent of the Lemon Law, like whether it applies to HDB BTO flats. Would it apply to ministers too since we paid for them as taxpayers? Politicians would counter that they provide a service and therefore would not qualify as a lemon. So you know who benefits most from the Lemon Laws besides honest and dishonest consumers because of the legal mumbo jumbo? HONEST AND DISHONEST LAWYERS! It used to be corporate, IP or conveyance. Lemon Law litigation is the new frontier. Really? Really.
Seriously would it boost the retail industry and encourage consumerism? Yes, it would as people would be persuaded to buy as there is a solid refund and replace institution in place. However, consumers have to understand the trade-off. While there are honest consumers who honestly bought with the intention of keeping the item but then had to return it for their own reasons, there would be dishonest customers who bought the item with the intention of returning it after use I'm not talking about panties, but electronic items particularly as used items returned can be the next lemon. e.g. they need a solid sound system for a weekend party, thus buy before and return after. Retailers are now worried about consumers abusing the Lemom Law, especially the SMEs who don't have the deep pockets for an army of lawyers to bully back unscrupulous consumers.
Nevertheless, overall, the net effect is positive as not every consumer is a dishonest crook and the Lemon Law is finally here to protect consumers. CASE finally has bite, or at least a bigger bark.