JCC, ministry at odds over White Friday violations

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AMMAN — Retailers announced discounts on Friday, kicking off the Black Friday discounts season, which is seen as a chance to breathe new life into a stagnant market and revive the economy at large. اضافة اعلان

The Consumer Protection Association (CPA), however, said that it has recorded dozens of violations during the season, so far.

CPA President Mohammad Obeidat said that in the electrical appliance sector, the discounted prices were not real. Additionally, he added, broken appliances were sold, and some of the working appliances were even sold without warranties.

“Many appliances get smuggled into the country, which forces retailers to sell them without warranties,” he told Jordan News.

In the clothing sector, the violations that the CPA recorded were related to “selling low-quality goods,” Obeidat pointed out.

He said that the violations have become a phenomenon and “they exist all year long, not only during the discounted seasons”. He asserted that the government should practice more stringent monitoring, and that people should know their rights.

On the other hand, Nael Kabariti, president of Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC), denied that any violations took place during the season, so far.

He told Jordan News that the CPA’s comments “are based on negative claims”.

“Even without discounts, the prices are already too low because of the weak purchasing power,” he said. “Now, all retailers are trying to get rid of the stacked goods” they have in their warehouses.

He added that the JCC has not received any complaints regarding violations.

Kabariti also described the traffic this year as “weak, at odds with our expectations” in comparison with last year, blaming it on the poor liquidity in the country.

“Most traffic was recorded in the sectors of electrical appliances and clothes”, he explained.

Hatem Zoubi, a representative of the electrical and electronics sector at JCC, concurred with Kabariti. He said that this year’s profits are estimated at 80 percent of last year’s earnings. He did not explain the math.

Zoubi also denied the existence of any violations, stressing that “the discounts were real, and the consumers are the only ones responsible for purchasing goods without warranties.”

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply reported 70 violations on Black Friday alone.

Ministry spokesperson Yanal Barmawi told Jordan News that the ministry carried out 11,000 inspection tours this year, and recorded more than 5,000 violations.

Barmawi added that the sectors of “electrical appliances and clothes witnessed most of the violations, given that they had the lion share of activity during the discount season.”

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