The event ran from 17 to 21 November. If it passed you by, then you are not alone. One of our regular contributors, Philip Bladon, provides this comment.
The theme of the week was: â??Be a savvy shopper this Christmasâ??
According to ‘TS Today’, (November 2008), the magazine of the Trading Standards Institute:
Â â??Throughout the week, trading standards professionals will be highlighting their concerns and urging the Government to do more to protect consumers from dangerous and fake goods.Â Authorities are free to focus on whatever aspect of consumer protection they wish during the week, and activities will vary from service to serviceâ??
Trading Standards Officers have a duty to ensure unit prices are displayed in metric for certain â??loose goodsâ??.Â The law allows for dual pricing as long as the equivalent prices are shown and the metric unit price is no less prominent than the imperial unit price. Many local authoritiesâ?? trading standards services have decided that this duty should have a low priority.
So, if you wish to be a savvy shopper by using unit prices to make savvy choices between market stallsÂ and supermarkets, do not expect any help from Trading Standards. As an example, recently brussels sprouts on a market stall were â??79 p/lbâ??, and in the nearby supermarket they were â??Â£1.78/kgâ??.Â Which is the better buy?
Savvy shoppers are invited to comment on National Consumer Week on the Governmentâ??s Consumer Direct web site:
And the answer to which is the best buy? The prices on the stall and in the supermarket were almost the same, so perhaps your decision should have been made on the basis of quality, but only after decoding the price information.