Home Front: Consumer protection laws need more teeth

Guidelines a step in the right direction, but more robust penalties needed for errant businesses

It's a common scenario: While browsing an e-commerce website, you find a product on sale for $90. Next to it, a price of $300 is crossed out, along with the words in bold, red letters: "70% off".

Gleeful at spotting such a good deal, you enter your credit card details and make the purchase.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2019, with the headline 'Consumer protection laws need more teeth'. Print Edition | Subscribe