ACCC Still On StoresOnline's Back
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Online retailer StoresOnline has been busted by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for providing false and misleading information to its customers in relation to the price of its e-commerce software packages.The government body is alleging that StoresOnline promoted and offered for sale e-commerce packages at a price known as the “Workshop Only Offer Price” which was represented as being a discounted price in comparison to two other prices at which the package is purported to be sold, being the “Full Price” and the “90 Day Offer Price”, and that this difference in price represented the level of savings a purchaser would secure.

The ACCC has alleged that the StoresOnline packages have never previously been sold or offered for sale at the Full Price or the 90 Day Offer Price in Australia, and thus the level of saving representation was false.

The ACCC claims that such conduct contravenes sections 52 and 53(e) of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The second allegation is that StoresOnline made false or misleading testimonial representations in a workshop held in Australia on 26 March 2007. The ACCC says StoresOnline claimed at that Workshop that Mr Richard Zikmundovsky of the Gold Coast in Australia operated his businesses in a particular way when this was not the case. This conduct is alleged to breach section 52 of the Act.