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#1 Apr 30th, 2018, 22:15
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When is it okay to pay more than the MRP?

It seems for some places, or some items, the MRP is just a suggestion. The same 750 INR MRP bottle of wine costs 850-1300 rupees depending on which wine shop I go.

Same goes for water, cold drinks, and other random items.

Is this just a scam or is there some justification for the markup? Do these places pay the difference in taxes, or are they cheating twice?

Obviously some destinations, the markup is reasonable, such as a cold beer in the desert or chilled water at the top of a mountain.
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Scam.. You want chilled stuff in hot weather, the shopkeeper knows that charges more. And it is like a cartel, everyone doing the same thing - so you think maybe you do have to pay more.
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The retailers or shopkeepers or any sale point for that matter are not supposed to sell any product or service at more than MAP. Not even chilled products...
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Yes, it's a scam and illegal. But what are you going to do? Walk out of the shop? In which case you just go to another shop and find them doing the same thing.

For bottled water, cold drinks, groceries, etc, there is no problem if you walk away from the tourist areas and find ordinary shops, especially the larger ones. A litre of water in a Chennai supermarket does not cost any more at 39C in April than it does at 29C in December, and nor does it make a difference what colour you are or what language you speak. Same for an orange. In fact, I don't think this has happened to me since my last visit to Kovalam.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant The retailers or shopkeepers or any sale point for that matter are not supposed to sell any product or service at more than MAP. Not even chilled products...
Didn't restaurants get some sneaky exemption to this for bottled stuff, eg water?
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Yes, Supreme Court has allowed it. Reference
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Most probably they are fooling you. Some people do charge extra for cooling charge but it's barely 5 to 10 Rs. In restaurants and cinema halls it's a different thing.
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And even that 2,5 or 10 Rs extra is not permitted by law. But then whom are you going to complain about it.
I have put complaints when possible, as with railways - they have a call center number to call. The ones on the streets go about their work without any fear of law.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post And even that 2,5 or 10 Rs extra is not permitted by law. But then whom are you going to complain about it.
I have put complaints when possible, as with railways - they have a call center number to call. The ones on the streets go about their work without any fear of law.
Your second line says all. In talegaon, pune I have faced situations when both cold and room temperature beverages are going at a markup of 20 rs for a 2 lt bottle. As a matter of principle I spent 20 Rs for petrol and travelled to a department store which sold at MRP.
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Originally Posted by iamgorman View Post chilled water at the top of a mountain.
If water is not chilled at the top of a mountain, then it's not high enough....
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva I have faced situations
Yep. Foreigners need not think that it is just them. Mrs N can easily pass as native in Kerala, but... Kovalam shops? She gets ripped off too.

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