BALANCES, ETE. The minister of Economy has expressed Monday, may 25, on ongoing consultations concerning the date of start of sales of summer 2020. It is the point on the main track that draws.

Summary Dates of the beginning and end of summer sales 2020 Date 2nd markdown / 3rd markdown Balances 2020 : watch out for scams summer sale : the definition in France

[updated may 25, 2020 at 10: 50 am] Guest of RMC and BFMTV on 25 may, the Economy minister Bruno Le Maire has said “favourable” to a postponement of the date of the beginning of the summer sale “for three to four weeks” . Objective : to allow smaller retailers to catch-up part of the losses occasioned by the confinement, while selling their stocks with a margin correct. The minister explains it thus : “It is necessary to imagine what it is when you have a shop of clothing, shoes or other, and that there was nothing sold for three months, it must be able to rebuild its cash”.

all the more that the recovery appears to be uneven across sectors, as emphasized by the tenant of Bercy : “there is a recovery that began” in some sectors like the building and the iron and steel industry [but the situation is more contrasted in the shops”. Bruno Le Maire, said on 25 may : “We will continue to discuss with the federations of the merchants.” The announcement of the official date of the beginning balances, therefore, could well wait until the end of the month, while some expected it to be made as soon as Monday, may 25, on the occasion of the point of the First minister Edouard Philippe on the second phase of the déconfinement. The decision of the government in all cases must be made public by the end of the month of may. The start of the period of the promos national summer is initially set to Wednesday 24 June until Tuesday 21st of July (4 weeks) in most of the French departments (see derogations).

the minister of The Economy had already acknowledged at the end of April than the end of June was “too early” to start the balances, in the context of the health crisis, the Covid-19. He said he was then “opened to a gap either at the beginning of the month of July, or even later, after the summer”. This is an in-between that seems to emerge, as the balance leans now towards the end of July. According to the information of the Echos, may 20, the date of July 15, which would have the preference of Bruno Le Maire for the start of the summer sales, as well as a duration of five weeks (instead of four).

Among the retailers, the dates of the summer sales divided

Among the actors of the commercial world, everyone does not agree : the department stores are cluttered by their stockpiles after two months of cessation of activity, and would result in faster, when the self-employed or smaller businesses wish to avoid breaking the price too quickly, and want to see the balances at the end of August. In mid-may, the president of the Confederation of traders of France, Francis Palombi, was in fact a deferral account balances as at 22 July that “the traders who have not been able to sell and pay for their products in the spring to resume” selling their stock “at a fair price with a normal profit margin”. He had also hoped that “the promotions are frozen a month before the sale”, to avoid “weakening even more the very small enterprises and small traders”. This is not the case at the end of may, since many stores offer about excluding the sales from the beginning of the déconfinement, in order to alleviate their inventory and trying to re-create economic health.

What are the dates of the beginning and end of summer sales 2020 ?

They are likely to see their dates disrupted by the outbreak of Covid-19 in France, but the summer sales 2020 start, in theory, the Wednesday June 24th 2020 and end on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 for the vast majority of the French departments. Since the winter sale 2020, always in theory, they last again four weeks instead of six previously, by the action of the law Covenant. A term that applies to the whole of the French departments. 4 departments of metropolitan france have been granted a derogation :

Alpes-Maritimes (06) : summer 2020 Wednesday 1 July to Tuesday 28 July 2020 The Pyrenees-Orientales (66) : Wednesday 1 July to Tuesday 28 July 2020, The Corse-du-Sud (2A) : – summer 2020 from Wednesday 8 July to Tuesday 4 August 2020 Haute-Corse (2B) : summer sale from Wednesday 8 July to Tuesday 4 August 2020

Exception of Mayotte (976) and Guyane (973), which have the same dates in the majority of summer sales in metropolitan France, the overseas territories are concerned by the dates of derogation the following :

Guadeloupe (971) : from Saturday 26 September to Friday 23 October 2020 Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon (975) : Wednesday 15th July to Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Saint-Barthélémy (977) and Saint-Martin (978) : from Saturday 10 October to Friday 6 November 2020

NOTE : to Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin, what are the balances of winter 2020 (not 2021) taking place from Saturday 2 may to Friday 29 may 2020. As for the Meeting, she sees a contrario getting the summer sale long before us since they lasted from Saturday 1 February to Friday 28 February 2020. The’island will have to wait until Saturday 5 September 2020 to ensure that the winter sale is going on until Friday, October 2, 2020.

What are the dates of the 2nd and 3rd markdowns ?

If the dates of the balances are imposed to the merchants by the legislation in force, these latter are free to choose the dates from which they carry out greater discounts. Each retailer decides the date of the 2nd apart, some choosing to make a 3rd. In general, the stores display new discount from the second week of the balances.

Balances 2020 : how to avoid the scams ?

watch out for fake discounts ! : the reference prices posted on the sites selling online can be misleading. The slashed price may thus give rise to a “false discount” when it has been inflated artificially, which causes a gap that is attractive between the old and the new amount. To take precautions in the face of this process is widespread, the consumer association UFC – que choisir advises “compare offers from various retailers before making the purchase, to make the idea of “accurate as possible” the base cost of the product.

The price comparison, valuable allies : Idealo is part of price comparison sites online considered to be independent, which weighs the prices of a same product on a large number of sites in order to protect themselves from the “false discount”. It lists hundreds of millions of deals offered by tens of thousands of merchants. Of course there are other price comparison websites are considered reliable, such as Kelkoo, Icomparateur, leDénicheur.

How to recognize a site illegal ? : If it is not a site that is very known, here are a few sure ways to ensure that the cybertrader through which you intend to make a purchase is safe. Start by verifying that the site on which you will be using your credit card is secure, ensuring that the url address of the site in question begins with “https”. Then, look for on the site the link to the legal notices. These last are mandatory. If you can’t find them, it is that this site is not legal. The consumer association UFC que choisir advises lastly to choose a seller who is based in France, as “a remedy will be more complicated if the company is abroad”.

summer sales : the definition in France