The Consumer Council today (June 27) released its weekly price survey on a basket of 45 food and household items available at major supermarket chains and other retail outlets in Tsuen Wan.
In the analysis were listed the top 10 products with the most price differences found in this survey. Top on the list was: Chicken Franks 340.2g (from HK$9 to HK$15.5, or a price difference of 72.2%).
Following closely (between 71.9% and 58.9%) were: Balm (Red) 19.4g (HK$16 to HK$27.5, or 71.9%); Disinfectant Moist Wipes (No Alcohol) 12's (HK$7 to HK$12, or 71.4%); Baby Corns (Whole Spears) 425g (HK$5 to HK$8, or 60%); Treatment Shampoo for Normal Hair 750ml (HK$27 to HK$42.9 or 58.9%); Cough Syrup F2 120ml (HK$27 to HK$42.9 or 58.9%).
The remainders 4 of the top 10 list (ranging from 55.9% to 49.4%) were: Niu-Huang Jie-Du-Pian (Sugar Coated) 50 tablets (HK$17 to HK$26.5, or 55.9%); Shanghai Noodles 340g (HK$4.9 to HK$7.5, or 53.1%); Body Mist Sunblock SPF 75 150ml (HK$78 to HK$116.9, or 49.9%); Moisturising Shower Foam 1L (HK$16 to HK$23.9, or 49.4%).
Other highlights in this weekly price survey covering (a) prepackaged food products, and (b) household and personal care products:
- A total of 20 items in this category at 13 retail outlets in Tsuen Wan were compared for their prices.
- Considerable differences between the lowest and the highest unit prices were recorded, ranging from 11.7% to 72.2%.
Household / Personal Care Products
- A total of 20 items in this category at 18 retail outlets were surveyed, with price differences ranging from 16.1% to 71.9%.
- Overall, more highest unit prices were recorded at major supermarket and health-and-beauty chains than other retail outlets.
- Due to possible variations in the place of origin, quality, size or freshness of fresh produce, direct price comparison is considered not suitable.
- A total of 5 items from 2 to 5 stalls at the Yeung Uk Road Municipal Market, Tsuen Wan Municipal Market, Heung Che Street Municipal Market and 3 major supermarket chains were included in the survey for reference of consumers.
The weekly survey covers, for price comparison, a broad range of retail outlets of different types located in the district under comparison, including major and individual supermarkets, health-and-beauty chains, frozen food and grocery stores, and drugstores.
It is common that many outlets will offer bulk-purchase incentives, add-size packs, gifts, rebates, etc. for purchase of designated products or up to a certain value.
Consumers, however, should note that promotional offers are not necessarily the best bargains (the lowest unit price) available on the items. They should shop around whenever possible and compare prices.
Results of the weekly price survey and analysis are available on the Council's website, its Consumer Advice Centres, and the Public Enquiry Service Centre of Tsuen Wan District Office.