LONDON, November 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Fears that Christmas presents won't turn up in time could have a major impact on sales for online retailers this year.

Leading cashback website is concerned that the postal strikes could put people off shopping online for Christmas gifts.

Nadeem Azam, marketing manager of said: It is important to stress that online retailers use a number of different ways to deliver items to the customers, such as couriers and alternative postal companies.

However Christmas is obviously a very busy period for retailers, so we do advise customers to not leave purchases till the last minute.

When purchasing online, people are entitled to a refund if goods are not provided by the agreed date.

If no date was agreed then they can claim a refund if goods and services are not provided within 30 days.

Nadeem added: The Office of Fair Trading offers fantastic protection to shoppers so there is a greater incentive for retailers to ensure that purchased items are delivered within the agreed time period. now has 600,000 members across its network of 200 sites, buying from 2,000 mainstream retailers.

Cashback is a very simple concept that is experiencing extraordinary growth during the recession.

Customers log into the cashback site before visiting any of 2,000 mainstream retailers and buying goods and services as normal.

A portion of the referral fee paid by online retailers is returned to the consumer - this is the cashback.

Because it can monitor purchases from more than 2,000 retailers, has access to more UK online sales information than any single retailer.

The network is operated by V A C Media, the biggest operator of customer loyalty websites in the UK.

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