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Discourage exclusive dealing

Mere Naleba
Monday, January 21, 2013

THE Consumer Council of Fiji is warning schools who encourage exclusive dealing to refrain from such practices.

"This has been a common practice during the start of a new school year where students and parents are forced to buy uniforms, shoes, stationery and other schooling needs from certain businesses identified by schools," Ms Kumar said.

She said exclusive dealing was prohibited under section 69 of the Commerce Commission Decree 2010 and it also increases the cost of education where the single trader dictated the price in the market.

"This adds financial burden on parents and reduces the government's effort to provide education for all," Ms Kumar said.

The council is emphasising on comparative shopping as this enables parents to get the best deal for their hard-earned money.

"Comparative shopping is simply moving around in different shops to get the best bargain that suits your budget," she said.

The council is asking parents to notify the Ministry of Education, Commerce Commission and Consumer Council if they know of any school that is encouraging exclusive dealing.

A few outlets that sold uniforms were visited by this newspaper at the weekend and declined interviews and pictures when approached on the issue.


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