How it works:
- The Shilin Night Market is a top destination but there are rogue fruit vendors – warning signs have even been put up for this.
- When you ask about a fruit, the vendor cuts the fruit up immediately for you to try, causing you to feel obligated to buy.
- Prices are also not well labeled – you think it costs $x, but it is actually $x per 100g.
- Some stalls also do not display the weighing scale used and cheat on the weight.
Places to beware:
- Taipei: Shilin Night Market
What to do:
- The Shilin Public Market Administration’s advice:
- Decide whether you are buying freshly cut fruits or non-prepared fruits.
- Check the weighing unit and the price per unit weight of the fruits. Ask the vendor to weigh the fruits and check the readings of its weight and unit price on the scale.
- If you think you are ripped off, reject dealing before the vendor peels or cuts the fruit.
- If you see fruit vendors who do not label prices clearly or do not use electronic scales, you can contact the administration (+886-2-2883-7001) or the Taipei Citizen hotline (1999).