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School uniform prices stay ‘fair’ as ministry keeps watch

May 07. 2018
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By The Nation

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Parents and their kids were out shopping on Monday for school uniforms and stationery ahead of the new term beginning next week, with shops across the country offering discounts on the gear and on embroidering students’ and school names on shirts.

Supply shops in Muang Phichit were buzzing with crowds of people buying uniforms, priced at Bt220-Bt270 for a primary level outfit.

Retailer Sukanya Ongworawuth, 70, said there weren’t as many parents and children as she had last year because the big malls are also discounting uniform prices now.

In Bangkok, shops in Pahurat and Banglamphu districts were busy.

The Commerce Ministry’s Department of Internal Trade last month added student uniforms to a list of around 200 “sensitive” items that should be monitored to ensure fair pricing.

It’s been common in the past for uniform prices to jump just ahead of new semesters. So far this year, the prices have matched those of last year.

The ministry has also joined 13,000 malls and stand-alone stores selling uniforms and stationery at 30-70-per-cent discounts through May 10.

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