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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Do research before joining groups, buyers told

PETALING JAYA: Consumers must do their homework before joining a group set up to buy things in bulk, advised regular participants.

According to “PJ fresh seafood and fruits group buy” administrator Michelle Woo, 41, consumers must do their own research before placing an order.

“I have been asked questions like how sweet the plum is, the oiliness of the salmon as well as why the fish was not fresh. I really don’t know. I can’t give guarantees because the products are taken from a supplier in good faith.

“We try to get the best price for everyone, but not all suppliers have the same quality stuff and not all prices are the same,” said Woo, who claimed that her 1,000 over members save an average of 20% to 35% with each purchase.

The kindergarten principal said organic apples retailing at RM7.50 each in the market are “especially worth it” as these cost less than RM3 each when bought in bulk.

Emily Wong, 44, who organises group buys for imported nuts and dry fruits, urged consumers to read feedback from other participants and to only join established groups.

“Group buys are based on trust but organisers will usually request for either a deposit or full payment.

“So before you order, see what others have to say about the quality and price of the items and the reputation of the organiser,” said Wong.

Executive Ho Wai Keen, 32, said that although picking up the orders is sometimes inconvenient, group buys are worth the hassle because the items are fresh.

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