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Online business referred to court

By FARISHA AHMED The matter of Pink Window Creations, which was referred to the Fiji Commerce Commission by the Consumer Council of Fiji, has now been referred to court. This
02 Feb 2014 07:54

By FARISHA AHMED

The matter of Pink Window Creations, which was referred to the Fiji Commerce Commission by the Consumer Council of Fiji, has now been referred to court.
This comes after the Consumer Council was responding to queries of customers regarding another online site on Facebook.
Commerce Commission chief executive, Bobby Maharaj, said the registered owners of the two pages were different.
However, he agreed that the owner of Pink Window Creations and Fashion Bure were related parties and they had the same residential address.
“Pink Window Creations had a business licence but we have been advised that the licence has now expired and they do not have the intention to renew it in the immediate future,” Mr Maharaj said.
“If the licence is expired, they should not be engaging in online trade.
“Fashion Bure does have a licence to operate (unless changes have taken place after January 29, 2014).”
Mr Maharaj said there were different penalties for such an offense.
“The commission has taken action and the matter is now before the court,” Mr Maharaj said.
The Consumer Council uncovered another page similar to Pink Window Creations which was operating with the name Fashion Bure.
“The council launched an investigation into Fashion Bure after it received queries from consumers regarding the online boutique as it showed no fixed physical address on their Facebook page,” the council’s chief executive, Premila Kumar said.
“The council has established that Fashion Bure was registered under the same address as the Pink Window Creations owners which started operations on January 15, 2014.”
Ms Kumar said they had referred the matter to the Commerce Commission as it was the enforcement agency.
The complaint against Pink Window Creations was earlier reported last year when the owners allegedly failed to refund payments after their shipment of traditional Indian wear did not arrive in the country.
Consumers are being assured that legal action is now being taken against the owners of the page.
Questions were sent to owners of the page via Facebook and email but there was no response.




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