Ministry gets tough on fake promotions; Outlets warned against violations

 10 Jan 2017 - 23:50

Ministry gets tough on fake promotions; Outlets warned against violations
Ministry officials inspect the products for misleading offers at various malls during Shop Qatar Festival

The Peninsula

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has launched a crackdown on outlets offering bogus promotions with the launch of the Shop Qatar Festival at Mall of Qatar last week.

The Ministry said yesterday that it has intensified inspections at all shopping complexes to catch erring outlets.

The campaign aims to ensure all the outlets comply with the provisions of the consumer protection law (No. 8 of 2008) related to licensing of promotions and special discounts.

“This intensive campaign comes as part of the Ministry’s keenness to monitor commercial activities in the market, detect violations, control prices and monitor promotions, especially during the Shop Qatar festival,” said the ministry in a statement.

The Ministry team yesterday inspected the festival venue and detected three violations of two types—Not announcing the prices and not displaying the promotion licence in a visible manner. These are considered a clear violation of the Decision No. 5 of 1984 regulating special discounts. The erring outlets face fines up to QR5000.

The Ministry has asked all outlets participating in the Shop Qatar festival to immediately start using the design and logo of the festival.

Outlets warned against violations

“Shop with confidence” in all their promotions and offers and include it in the bills issued to customers. This is to help the customers know that the shop has obtained a promotion licence from the Ministry and has complied with all the rules and regulations.

The Ministry has also asked all outlets that obtained the promotion licence to offer genuine discounts and keep away from bogus and misleading offers and other practices harming the interests of the customers.

The ministry has warned violating outlets of stern action in line with the consumer protection law. It has asked all consumers to be aware of the prices before and after promotions were announced. Consumers have the right to know the percentage of the discounts and to get a receipt showing the actual prices and the discounts.