Green Markets: If you are being ripped off by the weight marketer, check it on a check scale and report it!

Control scale/Photo: Skopje market

Most problems related to incorrect measurement are solved rather noisily between the buyer and the seller, but customers in the markets cannot report to the market inspection, because they do not receive fiscal bills. Skopski Pazar AD Skopje confirmed for "Sloboden Pechat" that they had such unpleasant situations, and in order to prevent such occurrences, they installed control scales in some of the markets.

Skopjanka bought five kilograms of strawberries to make sweets, but after she got home, she weighed the bag again, discovering that it weighed 700 grams less. Another of our fellow citizens, instead of a bag of 50 kg of peppers for ajvar, returned home with a "cut" of as much as 10 kg. Cabbage weighing 1,5 kilograms, "melted" by 200 grams at home...

Scams in the Macedonian markets are part of the mythology, and there is hardly anyone who has not been harmed by incorrect measurement. Experienced shopkeepers will tell you that there are three hundred tricks to weigh less, and that way a solid amount can be earned daily. When the buyer realizes that he has been deceived, there is usually an argument, and the seller denies that he committed the fraud.

In such a situation, some citizens leave the bag with the purchased products and leave. Most of the problems related to incorrect measurement are solved rather noisily between the buyer and the seller, but the customers of the markets cannot report to the market inspection, because they do not receive fiscal bills.

From Skopski Pazar AD Skopje they confirm for "Sloboden Pechat" that they have had such unpleasant situations, and in order to prevent such occurrences, they have installed control scales in some of the markets. Thus, citizens can check any doubts on the spot and make sure how much the goods they bought really weigh.

- Check scales have been installed in our markets during the last year after several indications from dissatisfied consumers. Currently, we have installed control scales in the largest markets, namely 2 scales in Zelen pazar, 4 scales in Bit-pazar, 2 scales in Gjorche Petrov, and 1 scale in Taftalidze. N

consumers regularly use the scales and report their observations to the responsible persons at the markets, after which control is carried out among the tenants of the stalls - Skopje Market explains to Sloboden Pechat.

Citizens are divided about the effectiveness of checkweighers, but most of them welcome the idea. Skeptics, on the other hand, ask if some of the shopkeepers will not be unfairly accused, if someone eats part of what they bought, and then "measures" that they have been deceived!

Until about ten years ago, when the old types of scales with scales or metal buckets were used, experienced salesmen would adjust the tab of the scale, place a wet cardboard or disc on the metal stand above which the plastic or metal weighing pans rest.

Planting a lemon, orange or larger potato, which the buyer cannot see, because it lies at the bottom of the weighing container, is one of the most famous "models" for making money.

It also happens that the seller, when weighing the goods, "accidentally" presses the scale with his hand and thus charges more for a smaller quantity. And the shopkeepers themselves warn that if you notice that something is wrapped around the scale, you should not hesitate to ask the seller to leave the item or simply move to another stall.

– I only buy from sellers that have digital scales. The prices of vegetables and fruits are high, and if they are stolen from you, then they become even more expensive.

I especially avoid the small neighborhood markets, which are full of overbuyers and are twice as expensive as the markets - says Valle from the Airport.

Shopkeepers shy away from getting licenses

At the end of 2019, the Government accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Economy, the Law on Trade in Green Markets, which stipulated that everyone who sells at a stall in green markets must obtain an annual license, ceases to be valid.

During the whole of 2018, changes to the law were announced that would allow multiple chambers to issue licenses instead of one, and shopkeepers firmly maintained that 60 euros per stall is an additional burden that will force many of the shopkeepers to sell at wildly. It was also problematic that pensioners, social workers and freelancers could not get licenses.

The Law on Trade in Green Markets passed by a group of MPs after its adoption in January 2018 was supposed to be valid from 2019, but after violent protests from stallholders that these were additional charges, the application of the law was delayed until the beginning of 2020, to be fully abolished.

According to the Law on Trade, in the green markets, in the markets, fiscal receipts will not be issued until our country enters the EU, and the shopkeepers will work with licenses issued by the Chamber of Commerce, instead of wandering through the Central Register for company registration.

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