Christmas Shopping List of Items

As the Christmas season is in full swing, the Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) is committed to helping all consumers make informed and wise decisions while doing their holiday shopping. To this end, the CAD has prepared a pricing list of select items that are frequently purchased during the Yuletide season. From November 25th to December 16th, 2020 the CAD conducted a price survey in thirty eight (38) supermarkets in twenty (20) areas in Trinidad.

It should be noted that there are two (2) pricing methods for picnic ham. Some supermarkets offer a flat price for a standard-sized ham (bone in and boneless) while other supermarkets may offer a price by weight. These may appear by the pound (lb) or per kilogram (kg). Prices by weight in the list have been converted to reflect the cost PER POUND. Therefore, when approaching the weighted ham, please remember the following conversions:

454 grams 1 pound
2.2 pounds 1 kilogram

Although two (2) pricing methods exist, there is no general rule of thumb that one method is better than the other. The better method will always be the one that offers the most savings to consumers at the time of purchase. The Division urges consumers to be vigilant, know your rights and responsibilities during this season and remember that you have the power on your side.

Prices of Seasonal Items December 2020

In keeping with its mandate to ensure fair pricing in the marketplace and being cognizant of the fact that consumers tend to purchase several seasonal items for Christmas, the Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry conducted a survey of five (5) such items at the following suppliers. Namely these items are  Paints and paintbrushes, curtains and rods, sheets and comforter sets, Christmas trees, decorations, lights and tiles from various establishments around Trinidad. Consumers are reminded that it is their responsibility to carefully examine and test all goods being purchased and to keep receipts safely.

Shopping Tips

  1. Keep all bills/receipts as proof of purchase in the event that you encounter problems with the item.
  2. If an item is not of reasonable quality, you can receive redress through a full refund of the cost of an item, an exchange where the item is replaced with a similar product, the repair of the item or a credit note to the value of the item.
  3. When purchasing toys, read the labels. The labels usually include age recommendations, safety standards and whether or not the item contains small parts.
  4. Always read your Hire Purchase (HP) contract VERY carefully before committing yourself to any agreement. A copy of the HP agreement must be given to you. Keep this copy safe.
  5. A guarantee under any HP agreement applies in the same way as if goods were bought with cash. If there is a fault with the goods, you have the right to have the item repaired under the guarantee or to seek a full refund or exchange from the owner.
  6. Under the Adverse Trade Practice Order 2000, it is illegal for a store owner to have “NO REFUND/NO EXCHANGE” printed on the receipt or displayed anywhere in the store. Persons who encounter this can report any such instances to the Consumer Affairs Division at its toll free line at 800-4277 (4CPS), the CAD’s Facebook page @consumeraffairstt or contact the Unit at 623-2931 ext 6150