Discounts – 2016

(Final report of 2016)

(Prague, April 21, 2017)
Purchase of goods for reduced prices needn’t always be favourable. In 2016, consumers experienced in the Czech retail network that the declared discounts of goods significantly differed from the real prices billed at the cash desk. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority carried out 5,355 inspections focused on compliance of offer and sale of goods within special offers and seasonal clearance sales. In 2016, violations of generally binding legal regulations were discovered in 2,290 cases which was 42.8%. The situation didn’t improve since 2015 when breaches were discovered in 43% of cases. Inspectors still saw vendors failing to inform consumers about prices of offered products or provided services in compliance with the pricing regulations. They mostly didn’t indicate the final price, meaning the price after discount. In 2016, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority lawfully imposed 1,801 fines amounting to almost CZK 16.5 million which was less by 392 fines and more by CZK 3.2 million than in 2015. “Purchases of goods after price reduction is still very attractive for Czech consumers. However, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority recommends all customers of chain stores – where all-year-long seasonal clearance sales are provided – to carefully check if the declared price in a leaflet or shelf corresponds with the billed price,” said the Director General of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority Mojmír Bezecný.

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