By Cho Tin Shing
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The continuous raising of textbook price had become an issue in Hong Kong again. The Consumer Council reported that parents are forced to buy the most updated edition textbook and need to pay more due to the publishers’ revise of textbooks. However, most of the updates of the textbooks are found to be not that necessary.
By Kenneth Lam Kai Cheung
The beauty industry is growing in an exponential rate because both women and men are more aware of their physical appearance. Beauty salon no longer only provides simple facial treatments but also different medical therapies. The rapid growth of beauty industry makes it harder for the Government to monitor professional medical procedure.
By Qi Jufeng
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Alibaba’s IPO with US$68 per share refreshed the record, which made it well-known globally (Mac, 2014). This was not the end of miracle. On November 11, Tmall, B2C online retail of Alibaba, hit the total volume 57.1billion RMB in one day (Arakali, 2014). The share price also reached the highest value on that day (Jin, 2014). Obviously, consumers contributed greatly to Alibaba’s success. Nevertheless, infringements on consumers’ rights and interests were prevalent on Tmall during this 11-11 shopping spree.
By CHEN Lili
Everyone believes that “Knowledge is power” especially parents in Hong Kong. With exam-oriented education system in our city, parents are willing to spend a lot of money to support their children’s education. The expenses of textbooks are necessary expenses for every family with children. However, frequent updates of textbooks indeed heaven parents’ burden. With frequent revision of textbooks, the prices of textbooks increase year by year and it also forces parents to buy the revised version instead of reusing textbooks of their elder children or buying second-hand textbooks. But is it really reasonable for publishers to revise textbooks such frequently?
By Liu Mei Ting Athena
A survey published in August 2014 highlighted the inconvenience caused by Person-to-Person (P2P) telemarketing calls. Over 99% of respondents considered them as nuisance. Nevertheless, 6% of them said benefits were derived, with “lower price or discounts” and “receiving more information” as the most quoted benefits. In view of this, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data proposed amendments of the existing laws to better protect consumers’ rights.
By Kaur Virpal
(Images retrieved from: http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/none/shedding-some-light-asias-rock-star-tutor-culture-320938)
The private tutor industry in Hong Kong has been emerging owing to the high demand of supplementary tuitions among students especially after the reduction of the number of examinations to enter universities (Cheung, 2014). There are over 1000 tutorial centres and around three in every four Hong Kong students attend these centres (Chan, 2013). This is the era of celebrity tutors who dress up like pop stars and attract students through their photos on billboards, advertising in newspapers and social networking sites. The report by Synovate (a leading market research firm) highlights that the industry captures HK$2.7 billion in the current academic year (Chang, 2014), making tutors millionaires of the city. Due to the lack of government regulation in this private market of education, the industry poses negative impacts on students.
By Cheng Sheung Chun
Hong Kong is renowned for its ‘shopping paradise’, which has attracted many tourists over the years. Yet, the number of complaint on unfair trade practices has been increased to about 3500 cases in mid-2013. Unfair trade practices refer to unethical methods to get business, which include false advertising and tied selling (Investopedia, 2014). With the rapid tourism development in Hong Kong, over 54 million visitors from around the world visit this ‘shopping paradise’ in 2013, in which 75% of them are from the Mainland China(Tourism Commission, 2014). China visitors are the main contributors to the sales of catering service in Hong Kong. In this blog, unfair trade practices of misleading omissions and aggressive commercial practices in catering service (i.e. dried seafood shop) would be discussed.