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Trade Descriptions Ordinance - Bait advertising & Bait and switch

Boy A: Luckily we're second in line.
Electrical appliances shop staff:

We only have one notebook this year. And it's been sold already.

Boy B:

There were 500 notebooks available last year! I want to order one.

Electrical appliances shop staff:

We do not take orders. Actually that one is no good. You should buy this one!

Celebrity Bob Lam:

According to the newly amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance,


The Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 is now in effect

Celebrity Bob Lam:

traders may violate the Ordinance if they fail to offer goods or services at advertised prices for a reasonable period and in reasonable quantities
or if they use an attractive price to invite consumers with the intention of promoting a different product.


Maximum penalty: a fine of $500,000 and five years' imprisonment

Celebrity Bob Lam:

Pay attention to detail when you go shopping. Shop smart!


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