Whether shopping at a traditional store or purchasing online, retail transactions are the lifeblood of the consumer economy. The retail marketplace is also a complex one, with consumers’ approach to purchasing decisions as varied as the products themselves. The market for baby food (as one example), is a far cry from the market for truck tires, makeup or furniture, and the rules governing our retail economy must be both rational and equally fitting to the retail sector to which they apply.
As a champion for free markets, CASE is a vocal opponent of government at any level meddling in how retailers run their business. We oppose laws and regulations that are not critical to basic consumer protections, such as truth in advertising, fair dealing or the secure handling of consumers’ personal and financial information. We reject government interference of retail through the imposition of wage and benefit requirements, as well as the dizzying number of workplace rules that serve only to raise costs, eliminate choice and hurt consumers. CASE is firmly committed to supporting the common-sense rules which protect consumers’ retail transactions, and protecting consumers further by leading the charge against the mountain of government rules on retailers which put a chokehold on the marketplace.