I recently posted an article describing the tactics of some photo retail scammers and warning readers of a number of stores that I would never, ever, deal with. Well the State of NJ feels the same way, but they can do more than just warn consumers as the following report indictes.
December 4, 2006 The state of New Jersey has filed suit against an Edison, NJ-based electronics company for allegedly violating the state's Consumer Fraud Act and Advertising Regulations in its advertisement and sale of cameras and other electronic equipment.
The lawsuit, filed in Middlesex County Superior Court, alleges that Save Here Distribution, Inc., engaged in unconscionable commercial practices and made false promises and misrepresentations to consumers. The company sells items through various web sites and toll-free telephone numbers. Sale items include cameras, televisions, VCRs and gaming consoles, among other things.
The Attorney General's Office says Save Here Distribution has advertised and/or sold merchandise through the following web sites: expresscameras.com, geniuscameras.com, trustedcamera.com, trustedphoto.com, luckydigital8.com, clearviewcamera.com, bluestripephoto.com and hopecamera.com.
"While shopping online can be convenient, it is important for consumers to remain cautious and be informed about whom they are doing business with," said Attorney General Stuart Rabner. "We expect all businesses to conduct themselves in full accordance with state law; anything less will not be tolerated."
The state's complaint alleges that Save Here Distribution used bait and switch tactics, failed to deliver merchandise and misled consumers in the advertising and pricing of items. The specific allegations include:
The state is seeking restitution for affected consumers, maximum civil penalties which currently provide for up to $10,000 for the initial violation of the Consumer Fraud Act and up to $20,000 for each subsequent violation, and reimbursement of the state's investigative costs and legal fees.