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
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.
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:
Have I been misled?
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