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Exercise caution

ROPATE VALEMEI
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

THE Consumer Council of Fiji has reiterated the need for consumers to exercise caution when shopping for goods.

The advice follows a concern from a consumer about the price variation of mild steel (angle line) from two major hardware stores in the Central Division. Suva resident Parmal Gounder bought mild steel (75 by 50 by 6mm) from a Vinod Patel for $90 and found it cost $101 at RC Manubhai and Company Limited. “There was a big difference on the price of the product of the same brand, measurement and manufacturer,” Mr Gounder said.

“They (RC Manubhai staff members) didn’t react to my complaints after I told them about the price difference. They said they did not want to take up my complaints to the management.” Council chief executive officer Premila Kumar said consumers needed to shop around for different prices.

“The reason for the difference in the prices is because some of the products were not under price control,” Mrs Kumar said. She said Vinod Patel could have bought the steel on a large scale for discounts which had resulted in its low price for certain products.

“We cannot do much because it is not under the price control list,” she said. When contacted for comments yesterday, RC Manubhai and Co Ltd said they would issue a statement on the issue later.