I previously wrote about unit pricing here http://tradingstandardsblog.co.uk/unit-pricing-comparing-costs-and-value To summarise, unit pricing requires retailers to show how much something costs by some form of unit so that consumers can compare costs across range. Below is a photo taken at Tesco Continue reading Unit pricing – comparing costs and value – part 2
Retailers are increasing their prices during the corona virus outbreak – what can Trading Standards do? There is no law that says retailers cannot increase prices as and when they want. We live in a supposedly capitalist free market economy Continue reading Coronavirus – price increases / rip off
Most people consider their medical records to be highly confidential and would not want them available to anyone else with their consent. But should they be able to? Let me give you two examples. 1 – a guy was offering Continue reading Should Trading Standards be able to access medical records?
A very common consumer question – which goes along the lines of: I have bought an item from a shop/retailer which is faulty – I have taken it back to the shop but they tell me to go to the Continue reading Who is liable for faulty goods – the retailer or manufacturer?
Some businesses have an internet shop (online) and a normal shop (offline). They may wish to charge less for their products on the online shop. Can they do this? The simple answer is yes they can charge different amounts if Continue reading Can a shop charge more in store than on the internet?
People will complain to us if they think they are getting ripped off at the petrol pump – even if it is over 1p. In this post I will cover some frequent questions/complaints we receive. Do fuel pumps have to Continue reading Petrol pumps – frequent questions and complaints
We receive a lot of complaints from members of the public demanding that we do something about people cold calling at their doorstep. Dealing with these types of complaints is frustrating and a bit of a waste of time. Part Continue reading Doorstep cold calling – the law
We regularly receive complaints from members of the public that a shop is illegally splitting a multipack and selling the items separately. It is not illegal to split multipacks per se but the product must be labelled and priced correctly. Continue reading Splitting multipacks and selling items separately
This post was originally posted in August 2013. The requirement to give two days notice is now in force. As I expected it means a lot of extra paperwork and a reduction in inspections. ———– Some coverage in the media Continue reading Trading Standards inspections – giving two days notice
What happened? Birmingham Trading Standards prosecuted Tesco for using misleading price practices. Tesco were fined £300,000. Strawberries had been on sale for 1 week for £3.99 then another 1 week for £2.99 and then 14 weeks for £1.99 and labelled Continue reading Birmingham City Council v Tesco (2013)