Lucrative Business

Stiftung Warentest collects royalties according to latest reports of the Handelsblatt”takes in the future money for the use of their test seal Stiftung Warentest. If companies use the logo for advertising purposes, they should pay licensing fees from July 1 between 7,000 and 25,000 euros. Bringing the juicy royalties are named for two reasons: – cases by misleading or unfair lead advertising or the modification of products according to a test to a distortion of competition for advertising with tests, somethingto of this measure should be prevented in the future. What is surprising, however, is that not the Stiftung Warentest itself, but the Consumer Council Federation investigates violations of this kind for legal reasons, E.g. in the form of cease and desist letters, which are sent to the provider. The specialist mattress industry association welcomes specifically, and on the other hand if the advertising test judging will be tested more, but here is to be feared that the Stiftung Warentest takes high license fees nothing happens, what promotes the protection of the consumer against unfair advertising.

-Another reason was that the endowment of 50 million euros due to lower interest rates dropping currently too little money. Access the suspicion, the Foundation will lose their independence, with the business head of nonprofit companies RAL the marketing of logo. It does not dispel but this suspicion.Also we have experience again and again as the Association, that mattresses are not properly tested. Consumers could, for example, a right to know whether and how mattresses materials be chemically tested for safety. Here nothing happens but unfortunately, because that would be obviously expensive.

That the new license fee should be charged on the RAL, boggles: what are the collected funds used in the future exactly and how to make sure that they actually flow for better controls in improved testing and subsequent tests? “Stattdessendurchlaufen mattresses certain objective” test procedures, the the Poorly replicate the reality of life. Stiftung Warentest test judgments really like more meaning and meaningfulness owning than mattresses, which have to tailor to the lying for some product groups. However, it is tragic that are well tested mattress despite of the substantive shortcomings of test procedures as a result of the still good reputation of the Foundation sobrillantverkaufen. Perhaps the time has come with the introduction of the licensing fees and changing the test procedure to completely lack parameters with four groups of people who are true, according to own statements of the Stiftung Warentest, only to nearly two-thirds of Germans finally to do and new ways to think about: consumers should question critical, really bring what ihnenTesturteile and seal, manufacturers and retailers would have to be really, whether they want to join at any price when advertising with test judgments, only to sell certain products to stimulate. But above all, we appeal to the Stiftung Warentest, to consider whether it the right way this money to play is the RAL Gutegemeinschaft. Are for mattresses in the RAL the quality criteria of the Deutsche Gutegemeinschaft furniture (RAL GZ 430/6, Golden M”) before. At a density of only 33 kg / m to square for foam mattresses or mattress thickness without reference of 140 mm, a besondereGute, is more than questionable. In short: Is it the Stiftung Warentest fair consumer information and the assessment of mattresses in terms of right and good beds or large business to the detriment of consumers, and for all those who earn a very questionable and little meaningful quality certification?