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Inspectors watch for New Year hamper rip-offs

The Commerce Ministry’s Internal Trade Department is keeping a close eye on prices over the long weekend to ensure people are not overcharged by unscrupulous traders.

Suchart Sinrat, deputy director-general of the department, said it would send a team of inspectors to bus terminals and train stations during the New Year weekend to ensure nobody is overcharged, considering high demand of some foods and goods as people head from Bangkok to the provinces. 
The department has also called on traders to display prices clearly so buyers are able to make their choices more easily. Traders have also been told to label and list the price of goods clearly as well as expiration dates on gift baskets to prevent unfair prices and inclusion of out-of-date products in hampers. 
Suchart said inspection had been under way since early this month and would run until the end of the New Year period. 
Under the Price of Goods and Services Act, vendors face a fine of Bt10,000 if they do not display the price of goods, and if any overcharging or hoarding is detected, violators can face up to seven years in jail and/or a maximum fine of Bt140,000.

Published : December 30, 2015