Market inspection shows no price increase in Buddhism offerings

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The Department of Internal Trade yesterday sent its officials to inspect shops selling religious Buddhism offerings throughout the country in wake of the upcoming Buddhist Lent when Thai Buddhists are expected to spend more as offerings to monks.

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The inspection showed all merchants and shops were complying with the policy of the ministry to post signs clearly indicating prices of each item and ensuring their products were up to standards and not attempting to sell inferior or out of date goods to the public.

They also found that overall, prices had remained stable throughout.

The department also advised consumers to report poor service and substandard goods as well as overpricing through the Department of Internal Trade’s 1569 Hotline.

Sellers found overpricing their goods will face maximum jail terms not exceeding 7 years and/or fined a maximum of 140,000 baht.