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    Ombudsman to tackle pricey airport goods

    BANGKOK, 12th January 2018 (NNT)-Ombudsman for the Chief Ombudsman's Office of Thailand Gen Viddhavat Rajatanun is set to pay a second visit to Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports following public complaints regarding overpriced goods sold at these places.

    Gen Viddhavat revealed that the contract the Airports of Thailand (AOT) made with the vendors allows them to sell products at the airports at a price between 10-20% more than in shopping malls.

    Despite the contract, the ombudsman found that most items sold at Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports are, in fact, being sold at prices 40% higher. Gen Viddhavat cited the need to solve this problem while the AOT said it would be impossible unless the contract was amended.

    Gen Viddhavat is set to visit Don Mueang International Airport again with officials from the Ministry of Commerce and the Consumer Protection Board to further discuss the issue and find a solution.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand | Ombudsman to tackle pricey airport goods

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    The General really should keep up with the news. This is all being taken care of in Thailand's usual transparent and fair manner.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...land-duty-free

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    Universal understanding that most everything is more expensive and less a value in airports [worldwide], ain't it?
    Why? Because they can and the usual suckers continue to imbibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Universal understanding that most everything is more expensive and less a value in airports [worldwide], ain't it?
    Why? Because they can and the usual suckers continue to imbibe.
    You don't get out much do you Jeff?

    Carton of Marlboro in a Middle East Duty Free: $25.

    Carton of Marlboro in a Middle East shop: $50

    Carton of Marlboro in the UK: A testicle and a kidney.

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    No such thing as "Duty Free", Harry....

    Some are easily manipulated and fooled.


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    Heavily taxed items (cigarettes and alcohol) are cheaper in airports duty free zone, even at Survanabhumi ...for the other items commonly bought at airport (cosmetics, perfumes) you have to know street prices (in both departure and destination countries) to know if it's a deal or a rip off...

    Food, souvenirs items are a rip off. I've never looked at high tech stuff in an airport so can't say
    Last edited by Farang Ky Ay; 13-01-2018 at 10:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    No such thing as "Duty Free", Harry....

    Some are easily manipulated and fooled.

    Yes Jeff, but that isn't what you said is it:

    most everything is more expensive and less a value in airports
    So you can fuck off trying to change the goalposts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Farang Ky Ay View Post
    Heavily taxed items (cigarettes and alcohol) are cheaper in airports duty free zone, even at Survanabhumi ...for the other items commonly bought at airport (cosmetics, perfumes) you have to know street prices (in both departure and destination countries) to know if it's a deal or a rip off...

    Food, souvenirs items are a rip off. I've never looked at high tech stuff in an airport so can't say
    I haven't bought anything at that shithole since they started scamming people by dropping things in their bags or giving them "free gifts" and then arresting them for shoplifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    You don't get out much do you Jeff?

    Carton of Marlboro in a Middle East Duty Free: $25.

    Carton of Marlboro in a Middle East shop: $50

    Carton of Marlboro in the UK: A testicle and a kidney.

    smokers are weak willed fools. And they stink.

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    Transport Min sets up committee for airport food control

    BANGKOK, 13th January 2018 (NNT) - The Deputy Minister of Transport has set up a committee to follow the prices of food and beverages at the Don Mueang Airport, to ensure fairness for consumers.

    Mr. Pairin Chuchotethaworn, Deputy Minister of Transport, together with the executive of Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) and the executive of Don Mueang Airport have been checking the prices of food and beverages at the airport.

    The team checked the prices in the canteen named “Magic Food Park” near Gate 15 of the domestic passenger terminal building, where inexpensive food is available for sale and tourists and cabin crews come to buy food. Then they examined the prices of well known restaurants that have been granted concessions for the sale of food in retail areas one by one.

    According to the deputy minister, the airport also sells a variety of more expensive food as an alternative for consumers. In the canteen, the lowest price is 60 baht while drinking water is not more than 10 baht. Although these prices may not seem particularly low, as they are in the airport canteen, they are quite acceptable.

    However, an order has been made for AOT to make improvements regarding the signs leading to the canteens for the benefit of travelers.

    As for food prices, he admitted that they are high in many restaurants. Some are Michelin-starred restaurants, so their prices are high. According to AOT, the concession entrepreneurs set different prices in accordance with the costs of the concessions and enterprises. The consumers must choose their goods at prices they are prepared to pay.

    In addition, AOT has notified travelers that prices at the airport are 20-25% higher than outside the airport. These are the average prices of malls outside the airport. The airport being open 24 hours a day is also a reason for the prices being high. Therefore, AOT has been ordered to set up a committee to follow the prices being charged to make sure that the average food prices of every shop and restaurant do not exceed 20-25% more than that available elsewhere.

    National News Bureau Of Thailand | Transport Min sets up committee for airport food control

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    Yep with no democracy , a tad of environmebtal destruction, a smidgen of almost solved,corruption, people trafficking, floods,pollution, low educational , training,moral standards and wages,prawn slavery, gambling and sex scams that the authorities are focusing on such vital matters, somebody will should a medal detectorist virtue signalling award
    How much deeper would oceans be without sponges

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