Case: Baglekar Akash Kumar v. More Megastore Retail limited
In this case, the consumer court of Hyderabad has observed that the “more megastore” has imposed additional cost of carrying bags with their logo on it. The arbitrary action is done at the time of making Payment.
The court has declared this is an unfair trade practice. The consumer has been used as an advertisement by imposing cost and by spreading awareness about their store.
The District Redressal Commission of Hyderabad considered this as an unfair trade practice as per Section 2(1)(r) of the Consumer Protection Act.
The complaint was filed by Baglekar Akash kumar, a law student. Previously in a big bazaar case, the retail mart was restrained from imposing additional costs on carrying bags with their logos.
So, the court while giving the direction relied upon this case. The amount of the carry bags are disclosed only at the place of payment, this is also an unfair trade practice. The consumer has the right to know the cost of bags before he selects goods from the store. Without prominent prior notice, the imposition of cost on the consumers is an unfair trade practice.
The commission held that the bags printed with the logo should be given freely to the customers. The shops are also given the right to charge on bags without their logo.
An amount of 15,000 was imposed as compensation to the victim.