Tokyo Bust Express Pte. Ltd
July 26, 2019
The Consumers Association of Singapore (“CASE”) would like to alert consumers against aggressive pressure sales tactics that are used by the beauty industry during purchase transactions. Consumers who do not wish to enter into a purchase transaction have the right to decline and walk away. Consumers who encounter such pressure sales tactics can approach CASE for assistance.
In 2018, CASE received 1,829 complaints against the beauty industry. Specifically, 344 of these complaints were made by consumers who complained about alleged pressure sales tactics, which was a 18% increase from 2017.
In response to the consumer complaints, CASE had issued warning letters to entities that had complaints of pressure sales complaints alleged against them. CASE warned them on the number of complaints received by consumers and of their obligation under the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (“CPFTA”). Under the CPFTA, it is an unfair practice for a supplier to exert undue pressure or influence on a consumer to enter into a transaction. CASE had also entered into Voluntary Compliance Agreements (“VCAs”) with entities where they agree to cease the unfair practice.
Despite its intervention, CASE continued to receive pressure sales complaints against:
- Tokyo Bust Express Pte. Ltd. (“Tokyo Bust”).
The number of alleged pressure sales complaints received against Tokyo Bust are found in the table below.
||No. of Alleged Pressure Sales Complaints Received
|Tokyo Bust Express Pte. Ltd
Number of Alleged Pressure Sales Complaints Received against Tokyo Bust from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2019
Complaints in the Beauty Industry
CASE takes a serious view against entities who persist in egregious conduct in their push for a sale transaction. CASE intends to engage such entities with the view of entering into VCAs with them. CASE is also monitoring entities which have entered into VCAs very closely and will not hesitate to refer errant suppliers to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore for investigation under the CPFTA. Consumers who encounter suppliers with egregious conduct can approach CASE for assistance.
Meanwhile, consumers who plan to purchase beauty services are advised to take note of the following:
- Patronise a CaseTrust accredited spa and wellness businesses. These businesses offer a five-day cooling off period for consumers to seek a refund of unutilised services if they do not wish to proceed with the packages signed. These businesses also provide a stress-free treatment as they are not allowed to engage in sales pitches during the treatment.
- Exercise your right and walk away from a dubious deal with unclear terms or aggressive pressure sales tactics. Be polite but firm when stating your refusal. You can consider bringing a friend or family member along and/or call the police if you are barred from leaving. Remember that you always have the right to walk away and should never be restrained from leaving.
- If you start to feel overwhelmed, uneasy or intimidated during the sales pitch, request to stop the treatment session and leave the premises. Refrain from making any financial commitments.
- Beware of “special discount” or “one-time only” offers. Staff may take the opportunity to push packages and leave little time for consideration. Seek medical consultation. Before committing to any beauty treatment or packages, it is advisable to seek the opinion of a medical doctor.
- Seek medical consultation. Before committing to any beauty treatment or packages, it is advisable to seek the opinion of a medical doctor.