Sunday, January 29

Catalonia detects “irregularities” in more than 50% of offers analyzed during Black Friday

The Generalitat carried out an inspection of commercial practices during Black Friday and has detected “irregularities” in more than 50% of the nearly 1,400 offers analyzed. According to the Catalan Consumer Agency, they found “price changes” outside of what is provided for by law in hundreds of advertisements from nine businesses on-lineamong which MediaMarkt, Carrefour or El Corte Inglés stand out.

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Both from Consumption and the General Directorate of Commerce, which also participated in the inspection, they assure that after the result of their investigation, requirements will be made to non-compliant companies. “Currently, the procedure is in the phase of preliminary proceedings,” they point out in a statement. Companies can now make allegations and based on this it will be decided whether to open a disciplinary file against them.

The non-compliance detected by Consumption in online offers has to do with the obligation to indicate, together with the reduced price, the price prior to the application of the offer (and this must also be the lowest that occurred in the 30 days prior to the promotion). . According to Consumption, violations of the rule were detected in 454 of 899 valued offers. In addition to the large commercial companies mentioned, add Fnac, PCComponentes, Euronics, Miró, Conforama and Alcampo.

Among the monitored products, Consumption chose those that “traditionally” have the most discounts during Black Friday: IT, telephony, household appliances and household products. In parallel, the General Directorate of Commerce inspected 488 offers from 61 companies in person and online and detected between 50 and 60% of non-compliances.

According to the Generalitat, if files are opened and the “unfair” commercial practices of these companies are confirmed, the fines would range from 10,000 to 100,000 euros for being considered “serious”.