The General Directorate of Commerce, Consumption and Services makes a collection of informative pills available to consumers and users.
They are small units of educational and practical material on topics of maximum interest to consumers, such as supplies, consumer arbitration or mortgages.
How to read a contract?
How to avoid unwanted advertising
In this pill we suggest several solutions to not receive advertising
unwanted: from being attentive in contests or promotions to
do not accept the terms and conditions until how to exercise the rights
of data protection.
Protection of vulnerable consumers
The figure of the vulnerable consumer goes beyond the
economic aspects, taking into account age, origin, language, level
training, digital divide, migration or risk of social exclusion.
Protection mechanisms watch over this type of consumer.
Dental clinics: consumer rights
Dental clinics are required to meet some requirements in the
Consumption area. Inform properly with a budget
detail or provide factory documentation of the elements
orthodontics are some. Find out more in this video.
Purchases in commercial campaigns
What are the municipal consumer information offices?
The municipal consumer information offices (OMIC) are
local entities specialized in Consumption. This free service is
It is found in various towns or municipalities in the Community of Madrid.
Consumer Advice for Seniors: Phone Companies
Consumer advice for seniors: banking and insurance
What is intermediation?
World Consumer Rights Day (simplified version)
World Consumer Rights Day
We explain how this date came about more than 40 years ago, which watches over the
rights of consumers around the world. In our country,
Article 51 of the Spanish Constitution mentions these rights.
How to file a claim in person (sign language)
We explain how to file a claim request at the Office of
Customer Service dependent on the General Directorate of Commerce,
Consumption and Services. We incorporate sign language into the video.
What are consumer associations?
Consumption skills in municipalities at risk of depopulation
What do we do in Consumption of the Community of Madrid?
The defense and protection of consumers and users is the main
Purpose of Consumption of the Community of Madrid. For it,
develops activities, promotes initiatives and offers services to citizens.
What are the obligations of companies in terms of consumption?
How to read the labeling of toys and other children's products, clothing, footwear, as well as household appliances?
What to do if you have problems with a flight
Water supply, know your rights
Premium messaging and premium rate numbers
Telephone services: consumer rights
Differences between brokerage and arbitration
Intermediation in consumer matters: practical cases
What is intermediation
Consumer Frequently Asked Questions
What are the rights of consumers?
How to read a contract?
What Happens When You File a Consumer Arbitration Request
The new electricity bill
What are the obligations of companies in terms of consumption?
Why join your company to the Consumer Arbitration System?
How to file a consumer claim in person?
How to file a consumer claim online?
How can we help you from the Consumer Service Office?
What is the consumer portal?
Practical situations on telephony
Consult the following informative pill in which you will find different practical situations about telephony. A portability request, a telephone contract or a billing to an additional rate number are some of the examples that the information contains.
Safe online shopping
it is becoming more common shop online. A multitude of products are at our fingertips with a single click. It is important that these purchases are made safe way and avoid situations that can harm us.
Discover the next pill with tips before, during and after to buy a product online.
Ticket and invoice
Consumers, on a daily basis, make purchases of products such as clothing, technology, household items. After each purchase, we are given a ticket, a small piece of paper with a white background, which is proof that, in fact, we have made the purchase.
The following informative pill includes the main characteristics of the ticket and invoice as well as advice and recommendations when we make purchases.
The following pill analyzes the main threats that we can find when we visit the Internet and offers us the keys to surf the net safely.
We use the internet for everything: send emails, upload photos, access the bank, make purchases or book a hotel. When we connect to the internet we are sending and receiving data. If we do not do it securely, other people could access our information.
Tips before signing a contract
Every day, “unique” opportunities are offered to the consumer to buy a product or contract a service, but we can only acquire them if we hurry to buy.
This situation can lead the consumer to make wrong decisions. However, there is no offer that cannot wait. It is better to spend a little time checking the conditions of a contract than suffer the surprises of unintended consequences.
Participate in our survey and find out how much you know about consumption
The next pill is a survey aimed at those citizens who want to check their level of knowledge regarding their rights as consumers of products or users of services.
In each of the sections you will be able to broaden your knowledge about consumption, answering questions related to prices, guarantees or changes and returns, as well as online contracting, advertising or the importance of reading the conditions of the contracts before signing. The results of the survey will be used at a statistical level for the Community of Madrid Consumer Portal.
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in a consumer's life. Frequently, this purchase is associated with hiring a mortgage. In the next pill, you will find information detailed and updated about what you should keep in mind when hiring one.
Includes complete information on Interest rate, commissions, documents that you must receive before contracting and the claim systems Available when you have a problem.
On this pill about Consumer Arbitration will be able to meet What is it an arbitration and what is its operation.
Every day more people are affected by a conflict as consumers and consumer arbitration in a extrajudicial procedure fast and free dispute resolution between merchants and consumers.
Consumption self-assessment test for entrepreneurs
In the next pill you will find a survey aimed at entrepreneurs who want to know their level of involvement in serving their consumers. In each of the sections you will be able to know the aspects that will allow you to comply with what is established by the legislation on consumer matters, such as the obligation to have complaint forms available to consumers or the legally established guarantee periods. The survey data is completely anonymous and will be used statistically in the Community of Madrid Consumer Portal.
On a day-to-day basis, consumers buy all kinds of products either out of necessity, on a whim or on special occasions to give as gifts. In this informative pill you will be able to find out what is essential to take into account when buying a product to be certain that we are dealing with a safe product and what are the mechanisms that the Community of Madrid uses to detect and eliminate from the market those products that may pose a risk to the consumer.
The Community of Madrid, through the General Directorate of Commerce, Consumption and Services, makes different mechanisms available to consumers that allow them to defend their rights. Claims and consumer arbitration, as an alternative dispute resolution system, are some of them.
Hiring the basic supplies of a home, such as the water, electricityplatforms, gas or the telephony is of great interest to citizens and generates numerous queries in the Consumer Service Office of the Community of Madrid. It is important, as a consumer, to know the rights that protect you when you contract these services.
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in a consumer's life. It is also important to know what rights you have when you want make renovations at home, when you call a Technical assistance service because an appliance has broken down or when visit a workshop to repair your vehicle.
Rights of consumers and users
The variety of products and services that a consumer or user can access allows them to choose those that best suit their needs and expectations. For this they need a more and better information help them decide what do they consume, make responsible purchases and prevent possible abuse.