Email inboxes are inundated with promotions and offers from companies far and wide. Keeping personal details private is paramount for many, especially for those concerned with identity theft.
However, it’s getting more difficult to keep a distance from mailing lists, especially with the growing trend of shops asking for your address when you come to pay for goods.
Many consumers are reporting they are asked for their email address when buying goods, told by the sales assistant: “so that we can send you a receipt”.
Mothercare, Argos, Topshop, Screwfix, Maplin and Oliver Bonas are among an increasing list of brands that have been highlighted by shoppers as trying to operate in this way.
How long should you keep old paperwork for?
The risk of junk mail
There is no legal obligation to hand over your address but some readers are reporting they feel under pressure to take the electronic receipt instead of the standard paper one. Their main concern is that they will be suddenly inundated with junk emails with offers and promotions they don’t want.
A spokesman for Argos says: “Argos offers eReceipts across its UK and Ireland stores, following a successful trial in 2014.
“We can confirm that the email addresses taken for eReceipts are not used for marketing purposes.
“The eReceipts give Argos customers the option of an emailed receipt straight into their account, allowing them to safely and easily store a permanent digital record of their purchases and warranties.”
Could a thief raid your bank account by just walking past you?
Indeed, some people might find it a handy option for safekeeping of their receipt.
When it comes to returning goods for exchange or refund it can be highly frustrating if - for the more forgetful among us - you have mislaid the paper receipt. By opting for an electronic one you will always have it on file - unless you delete the email!
For electronic goods and appliances that come with a 12-month guarantee, the receipt is often the proof of purchase needed to activate it. In some stores, receipts can fade beyond recognition over the months. Again, this is another instance where an electronic version would do well to have on file.
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At the till, ask the assistant to help ensure you are not opting in to marketing emails. This may involve ticking a box – they can be cunningly well hidden.
You might also want to set up an email account specifically for shopping so that you don’t interrupt your main inbox. This will avoid having to manage more junk and keeps shopping related emails in one handy place should you need to call on them in the future.
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