Accusing Vinted of “deceptive commercial practice” because of a “so-called optional” commission charged during each transaction, the consumer association UFC-Que Choisir launched, this Tuesday, a group action against the champion of the second-hand clothing online sale.
“Vinted invoices on each transaction, under the tendentious name of” Buyer protection “, a so-called optional commission and the amount of which does not appear until the time of payment”, which the UFC-Que Choisir says to consider ” as a deceptive commercial practice ”.
Allow consumers to be reimbursed
“This commission is presented by Vinted as optional but it is in reality compulsory”, regrets the association in a press release, because “no functionality allows to refuse it, to deactivate it or to delete it”. UFC-Que Choisir has announced that it has assigned the company of Lithuanian origin, which claims “more than 45 million members worldwide” and is present in 13 markets, including France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, before the Paris Judicial Tribunal.
Objective: “to sanction these illegal practices” and allow consumers to be reimbursed “for sums unduly invoiced by Vinted”. For the association, “millions of people are concerned” and “the sums generated by the undue invoicing of this commission are colossal”.
Almost 250 million euros raised by Vinted
Vinted, which has 700 employees and is headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, announced on May 12 that it had raised € 250 million to, in particular, expand into new countries and invest in security, integrated payment, transport or infrastructure.
Group action allows victims of the same damage, caused by a professional, to defend themselves collectively in court, through an approved association or a union whose statutory object relates to defended interests, in this case the rights of consumers.