Press Releases 2017
The Consumer Council of Fiji will host a seminar on Health Insurance on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 beginning at 9am at the Attorney General’s Conference Room in Suva. The Seminar will be officiated by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Mr. Philip Davies.
This long weekend consumers must check the price of items placed by the supermarkets on the pretext of “Specials”. The call comes in light of grievances raised by concerned consumers recently regarding a renowned supermarket selling the Jason’s 20g Bongo, Peanut Ruffs and Peanut Ruffs Spicy for $0.35 each (shelf price) while on the label marked “specials” 3x 20g packets would cost $1.10.
The Consumer Council of Fiji will be celebrating the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on 15th March 2017. This year’s theme for WCRD is “Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust” and the Council’s issue for discussion at the event is “Online Security”.
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry has evolved greatly over the last half century and has become an increasingly large part of household budgets. Over the past several years, experts and policymakers around the globe have expressed increasing concerns about protecting ICT systems. Cyberspace today is part of the daily life of people, industry, educational institutions and governments all over the world
The Consumer Council of Fiji is issuing a warning to all customers of Grace Florist in Damodar City to check that flowers that was paid for and supposed to be delivered on Valentine’s Day were actually delivered as agreed.
The Consumer Council of Fiji is very disappointed with Digicel’s Sky Pacific for using its monopoly position in pay TV services to continuously victimise its customers who clear their bills on time.
Over the years, Consumer Council has been receiving complaints and concerns from kidney dialysis patients in regards to the high cost of treatment provided to them.
The State’s decision to extend Rent Freeze Order on residential property for another year (ending on 31 December 2017) is indeed good news for the tenants in Fiji.
The Council refutes the Labasa Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Satish Kumar’s claim that: “As a businessman, I would say that most of my customers get attracted to music and that is one way we get them to shops with us…” Using sound system to do sales and get customers is not only an unethical way of doing business but also illegal.
The Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned that some traders continue to defy the laws by displaying signs and receipt notices which read “No Refund or Exchange”.
The Consumer Council of Fiji is reminding consumers to be aware of counterfeit products. This is especially during such times when consumers are engrossed in shopping for their children attending schools and universities. We believe that there are many parents who would be shopping for their children attending universities from later this month and next month.
The Consumer Council of Fiji is urging parents and students to be vigilant when doing back to school shopping.
Do Not Punish Customer Loyalty The Council notes the statement by Carpenters Finance in the Fiji Times dated 3rd January 2017 and wishes to respond to the same. The Council reiterates that the decision to implement this unfair fee should be recalled completely, as it will punish the loyalty of about 11,000 Money LINK customers.
Back to School Shopping Shopping for “Back to School” does not have to be such a financial burden. Instead of thinking of buying expensive school supplies for your children, get smart. A child with a simple backpack or non-branded stationeries can still do well in school. What is the best strategy for back to school shopping? Get organized, stock up on the basics, and look for sales and promotions.
The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on jewelry retailers to be ethical and advise their customers on the different terminologies that is associated with any particular jewelry. The Council has found there are retailers who are selling Cubic Zirconia (CZ) as ‘American Diamond’. They are also advertising CZ as American Diamond.