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’Overpriced’ Phuket durians priced correctly, officials confirm 

’Overpriced’ Phuket durians priced correctly, officials confirm 

PHUKET: Head of the Phuket office of the Ministry of Commerce Woranit Aphiratjirawong has thrown her weight behind the local vendor accused by Chinese tourists of selling ’overpriced’ durians at Chillva Market in Samkong. Having conducted an inspection and ’investigated the facts’, Ms Woranit cleared the vendor of accusations and confirmed the absence of any wrongdoing. Ms Woranit’s verdict was published by the Phuket office of the PR Department at 6.29am today (Mar 11) and then distributed through various mass communication channels.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 11 March 2023, 06:27PM

Fully in line with the results of many previous checks of allegedly overpricing venues, the Phuket Commerce Office concluded that as long as the prices are clearly indicated on the tags or in the menu, there are no violations. The customer is properly informed and can accept or decline the terms offered by the vendor. 

“The fact-checking confirmed that the shop has clear price tags. So it is up to the customer whether to buy the product or not,” Ms Woranit said.

The accused vendor, named in the report as Witchawil Sivakunakorn, also built his defense in full accordance with what other shop and restaurant owners had said before.

Mr Witchawil stated that his shop has been in trade since his grandfather’s times; the durians are of premium quality; the product is fully worth the money he charges for it. 

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The report by PR Phuket also added that the disgruntled Chinese customers had been informed by their tour guide that durian is a seasonal fruit and the prices are generally higher off-season, just like now. 

In conclusion, the Phuket Commerce Office once again reminded local vendors that they must clearly display their prices “in order not to take advantage of consumers, welcome visitors from all over the world and strengthen the image of Phuket and Thailand”.

The price of durians in question was not mentioned in the PR Phuket report but can be seen on the photos posted by the officials. They are between B500-1000 for a styrofoam tray without any indication of the product weight. 

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Capricornball | 12 March 2023 - 20:29:21

I think the thing that is missed here is not acknowledging the current nature of many Thai vendors that are gouging tourists like never before. The fact that the sticker is on the package doesn't clear the vendor of greedy business practices (like the absence of RTP records of German getting fleeced doesn't mean he didn't get fleeced by the RTP). The current thirst for baht is disgusti...

Pooliekev | 12 March 2023 - 14:06:03

Each to their own @JohnC, each to their own. There are lots of things vomitworthy.

JohnC | 12 March 2023 - 08:58:26

Grossed fruit ever. Don't understand how anybody likes it and is willing to pay for an experience like sticking dirty sweaty socks full of overly mouldy cheese in your mouth. Just the smell makes one want to vomit...

Prab | 12 March 2023 - 08:24:49

well well. if too expensive then just dont buy it, what about that shitty omelette with crab that Jay Fai sell at 1000thb plus? does not this seems overpriced too? what the point a vendor set his price then customer can decide if buy or not.. waste of time again by official busy with the nothing 


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