Quantcast
Latest Stories

The Consumer

Stores that charge higher for credit-card purchases should be reported

By

Director Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba of the Department of Trade and Industries’ Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection did not disappoint.

After reading the piece (Feb. 13) on how establishments have “forgotten” the DTI Department Administrative Order compelling them to have the same price for cash and credit-card purchases, he wrote to say his office was sending reminder letters to everyone covered by the regulation.

Those who have complaints about different prices for cash and credit-card purchases, or have other concerns, can call DTI hotline 7513330, send a text message to 0917-8343330; or e-mail dtincrlegal@yahoo.com.

Promo prices

Related to this story, F. A. Gonzales says one computer store has a cash and a charge/credit card price. “It is labeled as ‘promo prices’ and applicable only on cash sales. Prices go up by 10 percent for credit-card purchases. Appliance stores, on the other hand, give cash buyers discount but you have to ask for it,” he adds.

Aida Laurena says her husband bought a mobile phone, which was on sale. He was charged an additional 4 percent for using his credit card. She says that although the amount involved was small, she is bothered by the violation of the DTI order on cash/credit card prices.

 

Missing price tags

Julie Marie J. Aguihap says, “As a working mom I agree with you 100 percent (missing price tags, Feb. 20)… Every week when I do my groceries, I spend minutes looking for the right tag—such a waste of time. It takes me hours to finish. Often the price tag I’m looking for is missing. I cannot help but think it is intentional; you either end up buying the wrong stuff or not buying at all for fear that you might get surprised when you pay for it at the counter. Hopefully DTI will do something about it.”

Flexible plan

Globe says its Tattoo Consumable Plans have “the flexibility of prepaid and the convenience of postpaid.”

Like prepaid, there is no lock-in period, no financial documents required. It is supposedly affordable, too.

But, as with postpaid plans, subscribers will not have the hassle of constant reloading. There are two Tattoo Consumable Plans to choose from, P299 and P499.

Globe also says the plans will have the lowest regular browsing rate of P2.50 per 15 minutes and the capability to register to promos that allow users up to 292 browsing hours.

But subscribers will have to pay P999 for the Tattoo stick.

Visit tattoo.globe.com.ph or any Globe store for more information.

PH orchids on show

The Philippine Orchid Society Inc. shines the spotlight on indigenous orchids on its 67th Annual Orchid and Garden Show on Feb. 28-Mar. 11 at Quezon Memorial Circle, Hardin ng mga Bulaklak Area, in Quezon City.

Those who get so impressed by the orchids of other countries should find time to go to the show. They will be surprised at the wide variety of blooms the Philippines has. Some of the other countries’ pride and joy even came from us.

Theme of the show is Philippine Orchid Species Revisited. There will be floral and plant displays, competitions and lectures. Best of all, there is a commercial section where those who are looking for new plants for their gardens or want to replace those that have died can buy different species, not just orchids.

The commercial section also sells materials and tools needed for gardening such as pots, fertilizers and potting medium.

Send letters to The Consumer, Lifestyle Section, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1098 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Mascardo and Yague Sts., 1204 Makati City; fax 8974793/94; or e-mail lbolido@inquirer.com.ph


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bureau of Trade Regulation , Consumer Issues , Credit card , credit-card purchases , Department of Trade and Industries , Globe Tattoo , Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba

  • adele ojeda

    and likewise, stop SM for requiring an SM advantage card to purchase items in their supermarket.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  3. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  4. No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  5. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  6. The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  7. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  8. Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  9. What has happened to Barrio Fiesta and Singing Cooks & Waiters?
  10. Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. How to enjoy Buntod
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  7. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  8. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer

News

  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Complex health care system for California’s elderly and poor explained
    Marketplace