Consumer Affairs Urges Residents To Report Price Gouging


In response to the threat of COVID-19 to Antigua and Barbuda the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division guided by Government decision notifies the General Public that for the next seven days commencing on Thursday 2nd April, 2020 its office will be closed to the Public.

During the seven-day period Food Distributors/Supermarkets/Community Shops/Bakeries/Wholesalers will be allowed to operate. The Division is asking consumers to continue their vigilance with regards to occurrences of price gouging.

In such instances, in the event the consumer has to make a purchase, the consumer is asked to retain his/her receipt so that the matter can be properly investigated when the Division reopens its office and the consumer would then be compensated accordingly.

The Division is reminding traders that under THE DISTRIBUTION AND PRICE OF GOODS ACT (CAP 138) it is an offence to sell any goods in excess of the maximum selling price of which it has been fixed under the provisions of the Act.

Meanwhile, to ensure continued communication with the public, consumers may contact ourhotline/whatsapp number 464-4238 to obtain information, make complaints and/or inform us about occurrences of price gouging.

Consumers may continue to contact us via our facebook page or Instagram. Complaints can also be made via these social media platforms.

We are all in this crisis together so let us take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and fight COVID-19.

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  1. This department is basically a NON-ENTITY in society. Useless, powerless, ineffective, null and void.

  2. Report them all. These scamps have to be exposed, arrested and locked up. These over pricers are just scamps, common yard fowl droppings, parasites, and scum. Power to the People.

  3. I am reporting the Government for price gouging of the petrol pricing.They are digging our eyes out.How you “price control people” do not go after them to begin with.

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