Officials Deny Price Gouging At Courts Antigua

The Prices and Consumer Affairs Division today assured the public that a YouTube video which has been making the rounds on social media, captioned: “Courts rob people on Black Friday. must see” did not originate in Antigua and Barbuda.

“The video, which alleges possible price gouging, was drawn to our attention last week and has been the source of much investigation. From our findings, and from discussions held with Courts here is Antigua and Barbuda, we are satisfied that the video was not recorded in Antigua but at another of the store’s region allocations,” the division said in a news release.

Further, the Unicomer Group of which COURTS is a subsidiary, in a statement referred to the “video posted online showing a disparity in the price of washing machines at one of our branches in St Lucia.”

The division said It is the practice of consumers here in Antigua and Barbuda to visit store outlets prior to Black Friday and others major sale activities to identify items that they would like to purchase during the sale so they can capitalize on the savings.

To date, the Division said it has not received any complaints from the Black Friday sales regarding price gouging.

“The Division assures the public, that it will continue its vigilance in its efforts to protect consumers and should we find any evidence of unethical behavior by any trader in Antigua and Barbuda, we will not hesitate to deal with the perpetrator(s) in accordance with the law.”