410 Traders Fined

9 years, 8 months ago - August 28, 2012
Dishonest traders, beware! The officers of the Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) are at work. Nothing that from January to date, they verbalized over 1000 merchants and 410 of them were fined.

Violators may well be required to pay a fine of Rs 100,000 and be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years if it refers to the Consumer Protection and Price Control Supply Act 1998.

But since the case is referred to a court of law, it is the judge of the court to decide on the penalty to be imposed.

Most fined traders had not posted the price of the products they offer for sale, have misled consumers have sold products that have already expired, sold their products at a higher price, among others.

There are also those who sold defective products, such as mobile phones, household appliances and furniture.

If a solution n ' was not found between the buyer and seller and if it persists, then it is verbalized and the case will go to court and it is the judge who will decide his fate.

Too many counterfeit items are available on the local market

Regarding counterfeit products is the Anti Piracy Unit, a unit of the police, who cares and its leaders do not hesitate to say that the hunt continues. But complaint must imperatively for authorities can act regarding counterfeits. While there is a law prohibiting the sale of counterfeit products trademarks, authorities cannot do anything in the absence of complaints.

Counterfeit products are wreaking havoc on the Mauritian market. Counterfeit items bearing the signature of renowned manufacturers such as Armani, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Billabong, Puma, Nike and Adidas are sold in almost every corner of the country.

Products are sold at prices unbeatable. Some are as good as the original in terms of quality, but others do not. The cost reduction comes at the expense of quality, as well as counterfeiting is not just luxury.

Counterfeiting is a big market unquantifiable. Same customs, fighting against counterfeiting in general. Designer brands are sold very expensive in Europe, between Rs 2000 and Rs 8000 unit, depending on the brand. These are available within Rs 600 unit on the counterfeit market. Brands that are not registered cause concern because only registered trademarks are protected, like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Billabong, IV Play, Puma, Nike, Adidas.

Text by Le Matinal

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