VIRAL: Local mall accused of price cheating of on-sale item

MANILA, Philippines – A netizen expressed her disappointment to a local mall through posting a photo of a tampered item on Facebook revealing an allegedly cheaper original price than its “on sale” cost.

Netizen claims SM's on sale item price higher than original

Posted last September 13, netizen “Sheng Chi” made public on Facebook a photo of a said “sale item” of the crowd favorite local mall in the country, SM Supermalls.

According to Chi’s post, the price tag in yellow which costs Php 500.00 is the ‘sale price’ of the item. But for reasons not mentioned in the post, the item is tampered revealing its alleged original price that is way cheaper than its “on-sale” cost.

“Kapag nag SALE ang SM, makikita mo naman kung paano magkandakumahog ang sambayanang Pilipino para lamang makabili sa inaakalang pagbaba nga ng presyo. Ngunit paano kung ang SALE ay isa lamang paraan para ang pinaghirapang pera ng ating kapwa ay kanilang makuha sa legal na paraan?” (When SM has sale, one can observe how the Filipino people go run around just to buy items they think are on sale. But what if this SALE is just one way for them to get other people’s hard-earned money in a legal way?) wrote Ching.

In the end of her post Ching leave it to the netizens if she has the right to complain with the evidence she posted. She then revealed the photo was taken in Rosales, Pangasinan.

Ching also claimed that she observed same situation in SM Baguio.

Netizen claims SM's on sale item price higher than original

The post since then went viral gaining massive 15,000+ shares from netizens, shocked finding out this alleged price cheat of the said mall.

According to Article 2 section B of The Consumer’s act of the Philippines – the State is to implement measures for the “protection against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices.”

As of press time, Ching post hasn’t reached the concerned party to address the issue.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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