At Press Time
New Mexico Cracks Down on Deception
Jewelry and craft shops selling American Indian silver and turquoise
jewelry and other handcrafted items may soon be the target of an initiative
to stop deceptive pricing in New Mexico.
Many of the shops advertise on-going "50% off" sales, which
State Attorney General Tom Udall calls "dubious price discounts."
One New Mexico jeweler notes in a Washington Postreport that tourists
walk out of her store when they see she doesn't advertise half-off prices.
Udall hopes new regulations will take effect early this month following
public hearings. The regulations would prohibit jewelry from being advertised
as discounted unless it is first offered at non-discounted prices for at
least 60 days.
by Stacey King Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.