Mobile shops are taking advantage of some of NZ’s poorest shoppers – Commerce Commission crackdown shows.
There are calls for the Commerce Commission to take decisive action on the illegal practises of truck shops that sell door-to-door in New Zealand’s poorest communities.
The consumer watchdog has released the damning results of its year-long investigation of mobile traders – commonly known as truck shops.
It found trucks were offering goods perceived as desirable by their target market of lower socio-economic customers – but at a lower quality than the goods in mainstream retail outlets.
Truck shops were charging significantly higher prices than for comparable goods in normal shops and charging extra fees such as default fees for missed or cancelled payments – establishment fees and cancellation fees.
‘The number of complaints we receive about the business practice of mobile traders has increased markedly in recent years’ commissioner Anna Rawlings said
‘We had anecdotal evidence that some of the most vulnerable members of our community were being given confusing or deceptive information by mobile traders – particularly over the total price of their purchases.
(ed:..these leeches need to be shut-down…end of story..i have one brand who preys on neighbours of mine…i have to restrain myself from shouting abuse at them as they pull-up..bastards..!..)