How it works:
- Version 1:
- Using confusing price units (tael-mace trick) to make you think the price is cheap, when the quoted cheap price is just for one tiny portion.
- Once you show interest in any herb, staff will quickly grind a huge portion of it into powder to compel you to buy as it is an irreversible process.
- This scam keeps reviving even after being clamped down as it is too lucrative.
- Version 2:
- There are also shops which rig their weighing scale to sell less for the same price.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Look at the weighing scale when there is no weight on it.
- Head to reputable shops, registered Chinese medicine practitioners (link) or shops with the Quality Tourism Service Logo.
- If caught in the scam, don’t hesitate to contact the police.