Online name-and-shame campaign launched to fight rising prices in Qatar

September 12, 2011
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Qatar residents have launched a name and shame campaign on social networking sites and tweets against businesses that raised the prices of commodities or services unjustifiably.

The names of more than two dozen outlets, mainly restaurants, that raised their prices and rates figured on the social networking sites amid calls by commentators, most of them Qatari nationals, for their boycott.

Businesses to be boycotted

The bloggers said that the list of the businesses to be boycotted should reach the largest number of people to ensure the success of the action to bring prices down.

On Saturday, people taking part in online debates, had raised concerns that traders might take advantage of the huge salary hike announced last week in the government sector and increase prices, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Monday.

A network user who listed 28 outlets said he had phoned them and discovered that they had raised their rates all of a sudden while another blogger named a famous Indian restaurant and said that it had hiked its rates too.

Pastry shop

Restaurants, hair salons, grocery stores, a laundry, a beauty parlour, two prominent shopping complexes and one pastry shop are on the list.

Commentators have urged people to add more names to the list if they find outlets resorting to sudden and unjustifiable price rise and have provided the phone numbers of the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) in order to file complaints.

Market sources, however, said that one needed to be cautious in singling out an outlet and accusing it of raising prices since Ramadan, the month during which the government reduces the retail price of a large number of items of mass use, had ended and some prices were bound to go up again.

Misunderstood

“With most outlets bringing their prices back to pre-Ramadan levels, the move can be misunderstood,” a market source said, quoted by the daily.

The trend of waging campaigns against price rise in Qatar was set recently by Qatar Telecom (Qtel) customers who launched the drive ‘Qtel Fail’ that criticised the company for higher charges.

In neighbouring Saudi Arabia, consumers waged an online campaign just before Ramadan against a local dairy giant after it announced a slight rise in prices.

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