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The consumer … the difficult number in the market equation


PACP recently organized a discussion panel titled “the difficult number in the market equation” at the Omani Women Association, Qurum, in cooperation with Siblat Oman initiative, in order to promote consumer awareness.


The lecture was presented by Mr. Bader Nassir Al Jabri, head of awareness and education division, and ho discussed several topics including an introduction to the consumer, trader and goods as a trinity moving the market, and their interrelation and importance to each other, while stressing on the consumer as the difficult number in the market equation thanks to the strength the consumer enjoys, classified into several elements including the official strength as represented in the consumer protection law, its executive bylaws, competition protection and prevention of monopoly law, the eight rights of the consumer, and the strength of the consumer as the decision maker for buying any product from any competitor, based on the goods quality, specifications, price and service, and as the person responsible for the freedom of choice and the spending money, without any coercion, and the possibility of finding alternatives for the highly priced goods, in addition to the strength of multiple choices, thus not relating to any particular good or brand. Other points of strength include the choice of boycott when it is necessary as an effective tool when the consumer rights are violated.
Al Jabri also discussed home prepared safe food for children, who to select toys and games according to the child age, and how to select clothes and avoiding possible health risks, and important five tips on proper selection of new vehicle tires.
The discussion panel witnessed several questions on how to deal with goods, proper steps for shopping, consumer priorities,, how to choose one product over another, practical steps in case of noticing violation in the market, in addition to samples of goods taken from the market and PACP efforts to control commercial fraud and


 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law

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