The Consumers' Foundation (
The foundation conducted a survey of 14 tissue paper brands recently, with Carrefour being listed as the worst offender.
The tests showed that seven out of 12 sampled Carrefour tissue paper packages had less than the number of tissues indicated on the label, foundation chairman Cheng Jen-hung (
"Six out of the 12 sampled packages were short of two tissues per pack," he said.
"One sample was even short of eight tissues, resulting in a margin of error of 6.15 percent, which is 3.15 percentage points higher than the government-mandated acceptable margin of error of minus 3 percent," Cheng said.
The foundation said that the survey was conducted in response to consumer complaints about the rising prices of daily necessities, with some buyers accusing retailers of deceptive marketing practices.
However, some brands did not attempt to cheat or mislead consumers, said Yu Kai-hsiung (游開雄), the foundation's deputy secretary-general.
"Three brands, including Watsons [
"If companies [like Watsons] can do it, why can't others do it, too?" he asked.
The foundation said the survey cast doubts on companies that take advantage of consumers by advertising no change in prices but trying to cut corners.
"This is another way of increasing prices. Although the price of the product hasn't been changed, the quantity has been reduced," Cheng said.
The foundation also criticized RT-Mart (
"Companies that fail to follow this policy may face a fine of between NT$50,000 and NT$25 million [US$773,000]," said Yang Sho-jung, a board director at the foundation.
Yang also advised consumers to look beyond pricing.
The price difference between Ro Chin (
"However, consumers need to take both price and quality into consideration when purchasing," said Yang, who is also a sociology professor at Soochow University.