Understanding your rights for Consumer Electronic Devices, Home Appliances and Home Entertainment Products
The Australian Consumer Law and Your Rights
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) protects consumers by giving them certain guaranteed rights when they buy goods and services. For example, the ACL requires that goods must be free of defects, and do what they are meant to do. Services must be carried out with care and skill. These rights, which the ACL says automatically apply whenever goods or services are supplied to a consumer, are called ‘Consumer Guarantees’.
Our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and failure does not amount to a major failure.
Consumer Guarantees have no set time limit but generally last for an amount of time that is reasonable to expect given factors including the cost and quality of the product or any representations made.
JB Hi-Fi Refund and Warranty Policies
JB HI-FI will provide a refund, replacement or repair in accordance with the JB Hi-Fi Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy set out in this document. This Policy only sets out the minimum time periods within which JB HI-FI will offer you a refund, replacement or repair and your rights under the ACL may extend beyond these time periods.
To obtain a refund or any other remedy please visit your nearest JB Hi-Fi store or contact us. You will be required to provide proof of purchase from JB HI-FI. JB HI-FI needs to be satisfied that the product is faulty, the cause of the fault and that the problem with the goods was not your fault. JB Hi-Fi reserves the right to have returned goods assessed within a reasonable time frame by the manufacturer to determine this, including whether the goods are defective or simply require some form of basic troubleshooting.
In most circumstances, faulty goods would have been sold complete with out of the box accessories such as remotes, controllers, power cords, battery chargers and computer connectivity cables. It is a requirement for the fulfilment of refunds, exchanges and replacements that customers have used their best endeavours to return faulty products complete with the out of the box accessories supplied at the time of the original purchase.
JB Hi-Fi reserves the right to not provide a remedy in accordance with the JB Hi-Fi Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy where the product has been used predominantly in a commercial or business environment or for commercial or business purposes and JB Hi-Fi has not, prior to purchase, expressly advised that the product is designed for that environment or purpose. In such circumstances, you may still have the rights against JB Hi-Fi under the ACL.
|Returned Product Status||Policy||Time Limit||Exclusions and other Conditions|
|Faulty Product with packaging in any condition or packaging discarded||Refer to Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy Guide. (below)|
|Unused & Unopened, packaging in good condition (product not faulty) – eg change of mind.||100% Refund||30 Days||Exclude Commercial Sales|
Refund may be available after 30 days if breach of Consumer Guarantees
CDs, DVDs, Games and Computer Software
|Returned Product Status||Policy||Time Limit||Exclusions and other Conditions|
|Faulty Product with packaging in any condition or packaging discarded||100% Refund||90 Days||Any included digital redemption code must also be returned|
|Unused & Unopened, packaging in good condition (product not faulty) – eg change of mind.||100% Refund||30 Days||No refund allowed for PC Games or Computer Software|
Refund may be available after 90 days if breach of Consumer Guarantees
Pre-Paid Service Cards eg iTunes, Telstra Prepaid, Xbox Live
Apart from JB Hi-Fi Gift Cards, if you experience activation problems with Pre-Paid Cards or Special Activation Codes provided by third parties then we recommend you contact the third-party service provider support centre for assistance in activating any credit entitlement as JB Hi-Fi is unable to independently determine the validity of any of these codes. If the third-party remedy is not to your satisfaction and you believe the product breaches a consumer guarantee then JB Hi-Fi can provide a refund.
Many manufacturers have dedicated support centres designed specifically to deal with issues in relation to their products and may even provide in home support and advanced troubleshooting. In many circumstances, the manufacturer may therefore be able to provide a quicker assessment of, and remedy for, any issue with your product, even if the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. You may therefore prefer to contact the manufacturer rather than JB Hi-Fi, although you are not obliged to do this and, if at any time you are not satisfied with the manufacturer’s remedy in relation to your legal rights, you can contact the store manager of your nearest JB Hi-Fi store for assistance.
Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy Guide
for Electrical Products and Accessories
*(A) = Computers (B) = All products excluding computers
JB HI-FI or the manufacturer will determine, at no cost to the customer, whether the product is faulty and the cause of the fault within a reasonable time frame. In the event of a fault and if the product is determined faulty through no fault of the customer, then the customer can request an exchange or refund of the original purchase price. Alternatively, customers can request repair free of charge in accordance with the manufacturers warranty. If the product is a Big & Bulky product (i.e. white goods, large/fixed kitchen goods and certain TVs), then if possible, JB Hi-Fi will organise with the manufacturer to repair the product at your premises because this is generally the most convenient remedy. If you are not satisfied with this remedy, see the blue section below for seeking a remedy under the ACL.
JB HI-FI or the manufacturer will determine, at no cost to the customer, whether the product is faulty and the cause of the fault within a reasonable time frame. In the event of a major failure or minor defect and if the product is determined faulty through no fault of the customer, then the customer can request repair free of charge by an approved manufacturer’s repairer. If the goods cannot be repaired within a reasonable time frame the customer can request that JB Hi-Fi replace the product. JB Hi-Fi will then replace the product with a new or used product of the same brand that has similar features. In some circumstances, the provisions under the ACL may still provide for an automatic replacement or full refund of the original purchase price. See the blue section below for seeking a remedy under the ACL.
Whilst individual circumstances may vary and the law is uncertain, the policies set out above are intended to provide you with remedies that JB Hi-Fi believes in most circumstances to be consistent with your statutory rights under the ACL in the event of breach of a Consumer Guarantee relating to faulty products. However, these policies are in addition to, and do not limit your rights with respect to, the Consumer Guarantees or any other rights and remedies that you have under a law in relation to the goods sold by JB Hi-Fi. If you are not satisfied with a remedy under the JB Hi-Fi Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy you can discuss your concerns with a JB Hi-Fi Store Manager who is authorised to provide an alternative remedy where appropriate. If the store manager believes that the JB Hi-Fi remedy is adequate but you are not still satisfied that your ACL rights are being appropriately observed then you can submit your concerns in writing to our ACL Warranty Claims Officer contacting us for further consideration by JB Hi-Fi.
Staff Code of Conduct
JB HI-FI staff are obligated to ensure that your ACL rights are NOT limited in any way. Limiting your rights may include:
- Informing you that the manufacturer is solely obligated to remedy your faulty product
- Refusing to refund, replace or repair a product that is faulty and became faulty through no fault of your own within a time-frame considered reasonable under the JB Hi-Fi Minimum Voluntary Warranty or the ACL
- Failing to escalate or properly address any dispute you have in relation to any minimum timeframes and minimum remedies outlined in this document
- Failing to assist in a courteous and timely manner with a remedy that is in accordance with JB HI-FI’s Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy
- Redirecting you to another JB HI-FI store because your original purchase was made there.
If at any time you feel that JB HI-FI staff conduct is not in accordance with these guidelines then ask to speak to the Store Manager or Manager on Duty.
Expenses of Claiming under JB Hi-Fi’s Warranty Policy
If your goods are faulty and you are entitled to a remedy under JB HI-FI’s Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy, JB HI-FI will bear your reasonable expenses of making a claim under the Policy. This includes arranging and paying for, or reimbursing, the reasonable cost of the transport of the goods to and from your nearest store and/or to any repair agent, provided that you contact us in advance and obtain our prior approval.