Traders warned not to overcharge black clothes

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Traders have been warned not to overprice their black clothes which are now in high demand as Thai people flock to markets, department stores, shopping malls, and pavement vendors to buy black garments to wear in mourning for HM the King.

Mrs Nanthawan Sakun­tanark, director-general of Internal Trade Department, said that department officials had been sent out to check on a daily basis to find out if traders have overcharged their customers. Similar measures were also applied in the provinces to protect consumers from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous traders, she added.

She said traders must clearly show the price tags of the black clothes so customers can see them before buying.

Mrs Nanthawan further said that there would be enough supply to meet the high demand.

Unfairly overpricing may be liable to imprisonment of a maximum of seven years and/or a fine of 140,000 baht, she warned.