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Christmas Shopping List of Items

With the Christmas season in full swing, the Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) is committed to helping all consumers make informed decisions while doing their holiday shopping. To this end, the CAD has prepared below a pricing list of select items that are frequently purchased during the Yuletide season. From December 3rd to December 8th, 2021 the CAD conducted a price survey in thirty-four (34) supermarkets in seventeen (17) areas in Trinidad while the Consumer Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) surveyed four (4) supermarkets. Prices were also collected for Paints and Paintbrushes, Curtains and Rods, Sheets and Comforter sets, Christmas Trees, Decorations and Lights and Tiles from various establishments around Trinidad and Tobago.

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 below have been converted to reflect the cost PER POUND.  Therefore, when purchasing the weighted ham, please remember the following conversions:

454 grams 1 pound
2.2 pounds 1 kilogram

There is no general rule of thumb that one method is better than the other. The preferred 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, remember your rights and responsibilities during this season and remember that you have the power of choice on your side.

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 Practices 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) or CAD’s Facebook page @consumeraffairstt.

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