Brexit will bring a lot of changes right across the UK. Consumers will have to adjust their budget, paying fees that were never considered before the exit. The extent of the impact will depend on whether you shop online or offline.
How will Brexit affect consumers?
Brexit will affect your online and offline shopping habits. While your consumer rights will largely be unchanged. it will be difficult for you to enforce rights in other European countries from a UK court. Handling fees may apply to some of your purchases and some items may be held at the post office until you can come in and pay the fees associated with your purchase.
If you want to send a family member in Europe a gift through the mail, a customs declaration form may now need to be attached to it.
If you live in Northern Ireland and are sending a gift or package to a European country, you won’t need that form. If you use a MasterCard for shopping, expect an additional charge whenever you shop at a European store.
Additional Taxes and Limited Legal Protection
Consumers will find that they have to pay taxes that they never needed to consider before Brexit. You may have to pay VAT on some of your purchases. Whenever you’re shopping online, you’ll have to read the terms of each transaction carefully because the protections that applied before Brexit will no longer apply.
Adjust Shopping Processes
The actions of each individual working in the UK will reflect the changes that apply because of Brexit As a consumer, you’ll have to plan for additional fees on goods that cost more than GBP 135.
In order to avoid customs duties, some consumers may adjust their spending a bit.
Others may adjust their spending to meet the needs of their budget, cutting back where necessary to accommodate new customs fees.