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Posted On: 4 June 2008 11:02 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

New Rule: Show your prices or be fined!

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Supermarkets and groceries across the country have been asked by the authorities concerned to display their prices for information of the customers or face a fine of QR5,000. The rule also applies to barber shops and laundries as well as shops selling fruits and vegetables, according to Al Sharq. The prices should be displayed in a manner that enables the customers to identify them easily. It has also been made compulsory for these outlets to issue a bill to the customers when they pay for the goods and services. The regulations are apparently intended to protect the interests of the consumers and protect them from being cheated by the traders. Qatar recently issued a law that safeguards the rights of the consumers and gives the right to information about the commodities and services available in the market. Most of the fruit and vegetable shops are now displaying the prices after the authorities stopped issuing the daily price list, The Peninsula has learnt. However, most laundries don't follow this practice. Hypermarkets and major supermarkets normally display their prices, but this is not the case with the smaller shops. Once implemented, it will help customers to compare the prices of various outlets, since there are no fixed prices for goods and services in the market. Prices for the same commodity varies from one shop to another. Commodity prices are still on the rise and inflation has become an excuse for many shops to raise the prices indiscriminately. Barber shops and laundries across the city have also increased their prices to cope with a rise in operational costs. The new regulation is expected to bring in some stability in the market. The Pen (I think this is a great rule however the Ministry needs to set up a website with all these rules for easy access)