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21-996.3.


21-996.3.
   
   A. It is unlawful for any person to use the term "prize" or "gift" or
   other similar term in any manner that would be untrue or misleading.
   
   B. It is unlawful to notify any person by any means, as a part of an
   advertising plan or program, that the person has won a prize and that
   as a condition of receiving such prize the person must pay any money
   or rent any goods or services.
   
   C. It is unlawful to notify any person by any means that the person
   will receive a gift and that as a condition of receiving the gift the
   person must pay any money, or purchase, lease or rent any goods or
   services, if any one or more of the following exists:
   
   1. The shipping charge, depending on the method of shipping used,
   exceeds:
   
   a. the average cost of postage or the average charge of a delivery
   service in the business of delivering goods of like size, weight, and
   kind for shippers other than the offeror of the gift for the
   geographic area in which the gift is being distributed, or
   
   b. the exact amount for shipping paid to an independent supplier, who
   is in the business of shipping goods for shippers other than the
   offeror of the gift.
   
   2. The handling charge:
   
   a. is not reasonable, or
   
   b. exceeds the actual cost of handling, or
   
   c. exceeds the greater of Three Dollars ($3.00) in any transaction or
   eighty percent (80%) of the actual cost of the gift item to the
   offeror or its agent, or
   
   d. in the case of a merchandise retailer, exceeds the actual amount
   for handling paid to an independent supplier, who is in the business
   of handling goods for businesses other than the offeror of the gift.
   
   3. Any goods or services which must be purchased or leased by the
   offeree of the gift in order to obtain the gift could have been
   purchased through the same marketing channel in which the gift was
   offered for a lower price without the gift items at or proximate to
   the time the gift was offered.
   
   4. The majority of the gift offeror's sales or leases within the
   preceding year, through the marketing channel in which the gift is
   offered or through in-person sales at retail outlets, of the type of
   goods or services which must be purchased or leased in order to obtain
   the gift item was made in conjunction with the offer of a gift. This
   paragraph does not apply to a gift offer made by a retail merchant in
   conjunction with the sale or lease through mail order of goods or
   services if:
   
   a. the goods or services are of a type unlike any other type of goods
   or services sold or leased by the retail merchant at any time during
   the period beginning six (6) months before and continuing six (6)
   months after the gift offer,
   
   b. the gift offer does not extend for a period more than two (2)
   months, and
   
   c. the gift offer is not untrue or misleading in any manner.
   
   5. The gift offeror represents that the offeree has been specially
   selected in any manner unless the representation is true.
   
   D. The provisions of subsection C of this section shall not apply to
   the sale or purchase, or solicitation or representation in connection
   therewith, of goods from a catalog or of books, recordings,
   videocassettes, periodicals and similar goods through a membership
   group or club which is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission trade
   regulation rule concerning use of negative option plans by sellers in
   commerce or through a contractual plan or arrangement such as a
   continuity plan, subscription arrangement, or a single sale or
   purchase series arrangement under which the seller ships goods to a
   consumer who has consented in advance to receive such goods and the
   recipient of such goods is given the opportunity, after examination of
   the goods, to receive a full refund of charges for the goods, or
   unused portion thereof, upon return of the goods, or unused portion
   thereof, undamaged.
   
   E. Each violation of the provisions of this section shall be an
   unlawful practice pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Consumer
   Protection Act, Section 751 et seq. of Title 15 of the Oklahoma
   Statutes.
   

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