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SHOPS AND SHOPPING

 

 


 

 

Opening hours for shops in W.A. vary considerably depending on the area you are in and the type of shop. In the more remote areas like Kununurra you will find extended trading hours for large supermarkets which stay open 12 hours a day.

Because of this it is almost impossible to give correct opening hours but you can be sure of getting what you want between 9am and 5pm most weekdays. Many shops still close on public holidays but the trend is for much more flexible hours both in city and country areas.

The Hay Street Mall in
Perth was initiated in 1970 and saw the city centre start to change, becoming more pedestrian friendly.

American style shopping centres began to appear in W.A. as early as 1965 with Floreat Forum being the first. It was built at a cost of $700,000. 45 million was spent on an upgrade in 2003.

 

It is a sad fact of life in Australia that competition is not encouraged and two major supermarket chains dominate the grocery market. This has led to low prices for primary producers and high prices for shoppers.

 

Supermarkets from the same chain often have widely varying prices from one area to another (even though the distance between the two shops may only be a few kilometres.) It pays to 'shop around' and when it comes to electrical goods like televisions, computers etc. be prepared to haggle over the price. The quoted prices in most electrical stores are bumped up to cover the cost of credit purchases. Paying cash can often result in a good discount.

 

If you are shopping for clothes or shoes and have come from another country, then the sizes you are used to may be different in Australia. The following charts will help you work out what our sizes actually mean:

 

Women's Footwear
Australia 5?? 6 6?? 7 7?? 8 8?? 9
Europe 35 36 36 37 38 38 39 40
UK 3?? 4 4?? 5 5?? 6 6?? 7
USA 5?? 6 6?? 7 7?? 8 8?? 9

 

Men's Footwear
Australia 7 8 9 10 11 12  
Europe 40 41 42 43 44?? 46 47
UK 7 8 9 10 11 12  
USA 7?? 8?? 9?? 10?? 11?? 12?? 13

 

Women's Clothing
Australia 8 10 12 14 16 18    
France 34 36 38 40 42 44 46  
Germany 32 34 36 38 40 42    
Italy   38 40 42 44 46    
Japan   7 9 11 13      
USA   4 6 8 10 12 14 16
UK   6 8 10 12 14 16 18

 

Men's Shirts
Australia 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
France 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Germany 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Italy 14 14?? 15 15?? 16 16?? 17
Japan 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
USA 14 14?? 15 15?? 16 16?? 17
UK 14 14?? 15 15?? 16 16?? 17

 

Problems with purchases:

 

If you have a problem with anything you buy, including grocery items like fruit and vegetables, you should contact the shop you bought the goods at and often you will receive a refund or replacement.

 

If a shop is unwilling to give you the assistance you want or will not do the right thing then you can contact the Ministry of fair trading on 1300 304 054 or the The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

 

There are a number of rules governing what businesses can and cannot do and the following is re-printed from the A.C.C.C. website:

 

'The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) administers the Trade Practices Act 1974. The Act (and matching legislation in each state and territory) makes it illegal for a business to:

  • mislead or deceive you, or do something that is likely to mislead or deceive you

  • make a false claim about the quality, standard, sponsorship, approval, price or benefits of a good or service

  • advertise something for a certain price if they know or should know that they cannot supply it within a reasonable time (bait advertising)

  • accept a payment for a good or service when they don't intend to supply it.

Have I been misled'


Businesses must not do things that are misleading or deceptive, or would be likely to mislead or deceive customers (or anyone else including other businesses) with whom they have any form of commercial contact. This includes discussions and contracts, advertising in any form as well as labeling and packaging of products.


Misleading someone includes:

  • lying to them

  • leading them to a wrong conclusion

  • creating a false impression

  • leaving out (or hiding) important information in certain circumstances

  • making false or inaccurate claims about products or services.

It is not necessary to prove that the conduct actually misled or deceived anyone, nor does it matter whether the misrepresentation is intentional, deliberate or accidental. What matters is the overall impression that is left in the customer's mind.'
 

 

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