Today Is World Consumer Rights Day… Where Are All The Doorbuster Sales?

On March 15, 1962, President Kennedy addressed Congress and called for everyone to recognize four basic consumer rights — the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose, and the right to be heard. It’s a message worth repeating.

“This call for consumer rights was a watershed moment in the consumer movement” says Jim Guest of Consumer Reports. “It was a spark that lit a fire under concerned citizens to stand up and get organized. Exactly fifty years ago, Kennedy laid out a vision for consumers that still resonates today, not only here in the United States, but in countries all over the world.”

Kennedy’s call to action inspired Consumers International, the nonprofit organization of more than 220 consumers groups in 115 countries, to observe March 15 as World Consumer Rights Day, an annual event to promote the basic rights of all consumers.

Earlier today, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut asked his fellow members of the Senate “to give consumers a voice” on World Consumer Rights Day “and every day.” Blumenthal highlighted the anniversary of President Kennedy’s call for a national commitment to protecting consumer interests: “These rights are the foundation of what we now know as the Consumer Bill of Rights.”

In a letter to Consumer Reports, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said those basic consumer rights outlined fifty years today are “at the very core of our mission.” Lebowitz wrote: “Our responsibility is to ensure the scales of business are not tipped against consumers.”

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum wrote that today is “an ideal time to remember this call to action and to renew our daily commitment to work on behalf of the consumer.”

And Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director (and NBC Studios page) Richard Cordray wrote about the CFPB’s dedication to upholding these consumer principles in its work and “helping consumers better understand the financial marketplace so they can build a better financial future for themselves.”

During his speech, Kennedy reminded Congress that “Consumers, by definition, include us all.” Unfortunately, a number of our current legislators could do with a refresher course on this subject.


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  1. Hi_Hello says:

    50 years… wow.. in history class.. I always though stuff happen a really long time ago…

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    I believe rights for consumers ties in directly with the principles of generally treating people with respect, and empathy for our fellow man. How people want to be treated as a consumer is essentially the way they want to be treated as a human being.

    This is why I consider consumer rights to be of paramount importance.

  3. rmorin says:

    the right to choose

    Remember this everytime we see an article on here about a town trying to outlaw McDonalds/Happy Meals/Whatever the perceived boogey man is today.

  4. Straspey says:

    Today Is World Consumer Rights Day…

    And it wasn’t important enough to receive even 10 comments – from the hundreds of regular users – on a website specifically devoted to consumer issues.


    • Cat says:

      But you don’t understand! Corporate America has paid me handsomely NOT to comment on this subj…

      Oh, crap.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I just now read it. Sorry!


      Too bad companies don’t care about it, eh?

  5. buddyedgewood says:

    Well, today is also BJ and a Steak Day…. but that don’t mean I’m getting a steak or a BJ! :(