Hunt down cheaper prices, buy in bulk, shop safely — CAC

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

THE Con­sumer Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CAC) is urg­ing con­sumers to utilise the var­i­ous op­tions avail­able to do their reg­u­lar shop­ping safely as the coun­try deals with the spread of the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19).

Speak­ing on the JIS tele­vi­sion pro­gramme, Get the Facts, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, said that in or­der to min­imise out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, con­sumers should en­sure they pre­pare and plan be­fore un­der­tak­ing their shop­ping.

“We speak to per­sons, we know ex­actly where the stores are and we can get prices. A lot of them of­fer on­line fa­cil­i­ties in terms of pric­ing, avail­abil­ity, and they do ad­ver­tise­ments in the pa­pers. Also, at the CAC, we do have prices of so many items on our web­site and our app, and we en­cour­age you to utilise those fa­cil­i­ties,” Allen said.

She also noted that peo­ple could link with fam­ily mem­bers or friends to buy some items in bulk.

“Many times you get a dis­count; as we all know, we have to man­age the lit­tle re­sources that we have. So, what we find is that, de­pend­ing on where you are, the prices may be $200 or $300 more than another place. You have to en­sure that you plan your ac­tiv­i­ties and plan your routes,” Allen said.

“Over a pe­riod of time, you know ex­actly where to get the bar­gain as con­sumers, be­cause we shop all the time and we have an idea of those that are ex­tremely ex­pen­sive and those that are more rea­son­able. So, we ask that you utilise that in­for­ma­tion,” she added.

Allen said sev­eral com­pa­nies are ad­ver­tis­ing their prod­ucts in the news­pa­pers daily, while some are util­is­ing so­cial me­dia.

“You can just en­sure you know ex­actly what the of­fer­ings are out there. There are sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in some lo­ca­tions, as those same items are be­ing sold for much more than in a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion,” she noted.

Dolsie Allen

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