Inspectors tackle no pricing on items, price gouging at businesses

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday said inspectors of the Economic Control Department has issued stern warnings to businesses caught price gouging in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Minister also disclosed that business was caught selling items with no prices on the goods and some businesses were refusing to provide receipts. The law dictates that if these practices are found, the business in question would get a stern warning and has to correct the violations on the spot. Repeat offenders will be heavily fined.

Supermarkets, tire repair shops, hardware stores and general appliances and wares stores are all being controlled by the inspectors. The Minister thanked the public for being vigilant and reporting price gouging when they encounter it.

“Many people used social media and the official government link to report price gouging. We appreciate these community efforts to promote fairness and stop illegal pricing of items in the country. Please remain vigilant and keep reporting,” the Minister said.

For complaints against businesses selling listed goods higher than the established maximum price, please submit a copy of the invoice, your name and contact information to the Inspectorate of TEATT located at Tamarindesteeg #16, Yellow Building or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Minister also used the opportunity to praise the Economic Controllers for being dedicated to their task even while some have suffered personal damage after hurricane Irma.

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0 #2 Shareen 2017-10-02 14:44
Shiek supermarket on the L.B. Scott Road before making your turn to St. Peters Road. Thanks in advance.
0 #1 Shareen 2017-10-02 14:43
They need to check the supermarket where Shiek supermarket use to be it is now under a next name their prices are higher than before Irma now that the supermarkets are open they rise their prices and that should not be, also please check Sunny Foods you pick up something with one price and when the cashier scans it it gives you a next price, people please keep your eyes open when shopping and I ask those in charge to check this out as soon as possible,.

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