Shoppers' shock

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 May, 2009, 12:00am

I want to express my opinion about supermarket discount promotions which are misleading the public.

I feel supermarkets are cheating people by charging them higher prices during discount periods.

Hong Kong is facing an economic downturn and people are more careful with their money. In these difficult times, supermarkets should provide goods at more reasonable prices.

According to the Consumer Council, two leading supermarket chains had raised prices before offering discounts. This made some 'special deal' items even more expensive than before.

Supermarkets should not cheat the public to increase profits. I hope the government will introduce legislation to force supermarkets to honour their promotions. This will help protect consumer rights and ensure social stability.

Venus Kwok Yuen-ying, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Venus. Many people have been shocked to discover how supermarkets price their goods. They wonder why, when the price of fuel has fallen so much and we are in a recession, food prices continue to increase. This does not make sense and it really is a case in which the government should step forward to safeguard consumer rights.

Hong Kong is proud of being a free market, but how free a market is it when a handful of supermarket chains can set prices according to their own interests? What's more, a free market should not trample on consumer rights. Let's hope the government moves to ensure that Hong Kong does not become a place where common people suffer as the rich get richer.

Susan, Editor