Some purchases made by minors require parental consent. The need for a parent's consent depends on the magnitude and type of purchase as well as the child's age.
- Without a parent's or guardian's consent, a minor can only buy ordinary products of small significance, such as pocket money purchases of reasonably priced products of the kind others in his or her age group generally buy. A pet, travel abroad, or a tattoo are examples of purchases that cannot be made without a guardian's consent.
- As a general rule, a minor can make only cash purchases. The validity of purchases made by means of an invoice is assessed by comparing the significance and quality of the contract to the age and developmental level of the underage individual in question.
- Children 15 and over can make more significant purchases using their earnings, such as pay from a summer job, but may not buy on credit
If your child has made a purchase that he or she should not have been allowed to make, the seller is responsible.
If parents are unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the seller, they can contact Consumer Advisory Service.
Children as shoppers