The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has become aware that businesses trading under the REBL Corp banner may have ceased operating based on media reporting in the Sunshine Coast Daily. If your business has been impacted by this, we encourage you to make contact with our office on [email protected] or phone 1300 650 460 or lodge a dispute with us online.
We are aware of other businesses still operating that offer ‘no cost’ or ‘cost neutral’ in-store or online advertising packages and warn small businesses to be extremely cautious of any approaches that they might receive. This follows the collapse of Viewble Media and The Shoppers Network that has created serious issues for the businesses involved.
It is very important that small business owners are fully aware of what they are signing up to. If you are approached by a sales person offering no cost or very low cost advertising, we encourage you to investigate the companies involved, closely examine the contracts and ensure you have a good understanding of what services are being offered – especially if there is a finance contract involved. We suggest that small businesses exercise extreme caution when an offer seems too good to be true – it often will be.