Free Trade is a policy that allows governments to import or export products freely with each other. Meaning the government does not restrict imports or exports with certain countries. This is a very basic description of the policy. I do not pretend to know all the ins and outs of the policy nor am I advocating for the policy or against the policy. My goal here is to help you, the consumer realize the power you wield.
Free trade is not the same as Fair trade. Fair trade has requirements for both vendors and those creating the product. Free Trade does not follow the Fair trade guidelines.
Free trade allows corporations to run anyway they wish as long as they are within the country of organs laws. However that's probably more assumption than fact.
When you buy Free trade it is still possible to be helping someone live out there dream of being a business owner. Your purchase can still make a difference if you want it to.
here are a few places to start if you are thinking of taking advantage of Free Trade purchases.
1. Ask questions
Small business owners all over the world love connecting with their customers. So reach out and Connect with the owner.
2.If it doesn't feel right Walk away!
Their are deceptive people out there. If it doesn't feel right walk away, listen to your gut!
3.Use reputable sites
Always use reputable sites! I can not stress that enough. Etsy.com is a great way to connect with small business owners all over the world.
Even if you have ordered from a specific company before, read the reviews! You don't want to find out after your purchase that the product no longer meets high quality standards or that customer service has slipped to the wayside.
5.Only use safe ways to pay.
Don't just give your card number out. Make sure the site is secure or use PayPal which offers extra protections to its customers. You should never agree to wire money.
Shopping is suppose to be fun. Your ordering that special something for you or someone you love. Enjoy your purchase experience as well as your consumer power!
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