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The Bay fined $32,510 for fake discounts in Quebec

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The Bay fined $32,510 for fake discounts in Quebec

http://fr.canoe.ca/artdevivre/mode-beau ... 1-qmi.html

Sorry the article is in french. Essentially The bay store in St-Bruno, QC, was fined $32k by the OPC because in sept 2009 they advertised a mattress exclusive to The Bay at $900 with an alleged regular price of $3,000. Turns out the $2,000 rebate was completely phony and $900 was actually the normal retail price.
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What's OPC? Does Ontario have one? We sure could use one... soooo many retail outlets would be fined.
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joeyjoejoe wrote:
Mar 5th, 2014 4:45 pm
What's OPC? Does Ontario have one? We sure could use one... soooo many retail outlets would be fined.
The OPC is the Office de la protection du consommateur, so basically a consumer protection office. It is directly linked to the Ministry of Justice of Québec.

Would the Ministry of Consumer Services be some kind of equivalent in Ontario? Not sure if they have the same powers.
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Good. Unlike with "price mistakes", they really can't claim innocence to things like this.

I mean it's not to say people shouldn't be doing research before buying things but a big retailer faking a huge markup like that.... have they no shame?
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So the "fine" was the excess profit on the sale of 16 items.

That isn't a fine. It isn't a deterrent. It is just a license to break the law.

I don't know why governments even bother to investigate allegations of law breaking by businesses if the penalties are so insignificant that they merely amount to a license fee to break the law.
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Who will benefit from the money earned from this fine?
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MexiCanuck wrote:
Mar 5th, 2014 5:51 pm
So the "fine" was the excess profit on the sale of 16 items.

That isn't a fine. It isn't a deterrent. It is just a license to break the law.

I don't know why governments even bother to investigate allegations of law breaking by businesses if the penalties are so insignificant that they merely amount to a license fee to break the law.
Agreed in almost every case, fines are just the cost of doing business and are tax deductible. But with retailers, it hurts their reputation and makes customers more aware.

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