Retail website-Kapruka- which sold goods for exorbitant prices raided

25 March 2020 06:34 pm - 56     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The office of a popular retail website- based in Colombo was seized by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today for selling goods for exorbitant prices.

The website has listed one tin of canned fish at a price of Rs.550, a kilo of big onion for Rs. 500, a kilo of dhal for Rs.180 and a kilo of wheat flour for Rs. 350.

The CAA said the company has agreed to pay back the excess amount they have charged from consumers.

The CAA has taken steps to file legal action against the company for selling overpriced goods during the curfew.


  Comments - 56

  • Fisher Wednesday, 25 March 2020 06:52 PM

    Canned fish at Rs. 550/- is still worth if it is SALMON!!

    LotusPrins Saturday, 28 March 2020 08:35 PM

    No it is mackerel

    Karu Wednesday, 25 March 2020 06:57 PM

    Please fix a Maximum Retail price for vegetables too. Many want to cash on this too

    Buddhist Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:02 PM

    Why do we need an American Basil to get involved in moving goods? Can't we find a Sri Lankan to do this? Do we need an American?

    Ganesh Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:09 PM

    Should be fined and banned from conducting business for at least 6 months.

    Thilina Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:10 PM

    In developed countries for such instances the owner is jailed for 5 days and that fears them. It's good to update the laws.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:11 PM

    People should not buy from opportunists like this and we should label them as traitors to the nation.

    Arujun K. Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:11 PM

    Shut it down immediately.

    Anmanpan Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:19 PM

    That is nice. The site need to be removed and the assets confiscated.

    Tani Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:23 PM

    Pls seal this company

    Jude Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:29 PM

    Gouging NOT acceptable in this tough times !!! Kapruka like terrorist, Yeah inflicting harm to the PUBLIC !!!

    Anmanpan Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:36 PM

    I was watch the video clip of the raid. The CEO claimed that the increase in price for locally manufacture pack of Chille Power was due to depreciation of the Sri Lanka rupee. What a logic.

    Hadam Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:37 PM

    Cashing in on peoples misery, should really boycott these kind of companies. Hope they sleep night properly.

    Jude Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:38 PM

    Profiteering in desperate times!! Kapruka NOT alone !! The despicable crime was committed worldover by merchants !! They should be punished !!! Yeah !!!

    Kulanayagam kuleswarakumar Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:50 PM

    Well done. There are some more unscrupulous elements all over whom should be taken into custody. At this point of time, we can't waste time to make this type of raids in the country.

    Priscilla Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:51 PM

    Thank you!

    Blackwater Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:58 PM

    If this is the case especially at this time then cancel their licence or They will find other ways to fool the public

    Jude Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:01 PM

    Someone should break the limbs of Kapruka CEO !!!???

    Anonymous Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:07 PM

    I think big government should keep its hands off business, and let customers decide which business offers a cheaper price.

    Nihal Dharmatileke Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:12 PM

    Mostly expats order itesms via Kapruka therefore they think they don’t mind paying these prices but forget that they too got to work hard to earn, so this kind of thinking is absolutely appalling very substandard business ethics.

    Sambo Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:15 PM

    This correct. My sisters son had made an order through Kapruka and they charged exorbitant amounts but very long delay in delivering the good.

    Selva Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:21 PM

    Very good work by Consumer affairs. Kapruka is a rip-off site. They should be taught a lesson not to cheat people by charging higher prices than price tagged.

    Chryshan K Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:24 PM

    At a time most of companies giving things free to support people, Kapruka is trying to grab this opportunity to loot every penny from innocent people

    Fathima Kader Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:29 PM

    WOW, superb move. Shameless people, trying to take advantage of the situation, and not worry about how people suffer. Please also visit mini supermarkets run inside Aluthkade, Colombo 12.

    Krishanthan Paramasivam Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:30 PM

    Weldone to the government officals atleast someone is looking after the people of the nation.

    A.N.Seyed Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:33 PM

    Making hay while the sun shines. The authorities must release the name of the owners of kapruka For profiting during a national crises and shame them openly.

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:39 PM


    Hondha Hitha Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:47 PM

    Everyone should stop buying stuff from Kapruka onlinefor a period of 3 months to teach them a lesson. Shame of this organisation

    Aquarius Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:48 PM

    Excellent, scrounging on the on-going situation is the pits and should be heavily punished.

    Ashroff Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:57 PM

    no mercy punish these black marketeers minimum 10 years hard labour

    Chris Jayasekera Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:14 PM

    They were charging ridiculously high prices even before this situation arose - high time these thieves are brought to justice.

    sam silva Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:31 PM

    Confiscate all merchandise and give them to the poor for free

    Chithalka Ambrose Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:32 PM

    Well done CAA. I have always been a fan and always ordered from but never again. You lost not just one customer but many more with it

    Toddy Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:33 PM

    The problem with wealthy Sri Lankan corporates is that many claim to have the country at heart, but will fleece their fellow countrymen at the drop of a hat!

    Dinusha Kalupahana Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:42 PM

    Ban this place doing business in Sri Lanka or other countries. Then only others will learn.

    RL Rajakaruna Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:45 PM

    His trades lisenceshould be cancelled. And he actually should get a sentence in jail for exploiting the public on essential goods at a time of national crisis. These are the criminal elements in our society. Let's seeof the govt takes positive action .or walk the talk. As he is already caught.

    Ibnu Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:49 PM

    What a shame.....

    Jaffna man Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:53 PM

    Why these people go and argue? Just slap them with big fine like million Rs. He says they sell to foreigners lol. what an excuse. then fine them in USD.

    S.P.Ramkumar Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:54 PM

    These Company must understand that this the time they should minimize profit and do community service to help Sri Lankan society. they behaved like cunning like Crow. Even crow never do cunning when another Crow in trouble.

    I S abeykoon Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:58 PM

    I placed an order but still not received will I get it with the reduced prices promised date was 25 th of March

    Lee Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:12 PM

    Hoodwinking people at a time like this. Disgusting and unbelievable

    Gabriel Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:18 PM

    Bloody good action.

    PMW Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:25 PM

    Superb, they are trying to exploit money during the curfew. They should be punished and banned their business licence at least. They are not genuine srilankans

    Nimal Vass Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:38 PM

    Very good move by Consumer Affairs Authority. In General Kapruka prices are always few times higher than market prices.

    Murali Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:38 PM

    Thumbs up to CAA authorities to help nab thee type of inhuman online traders their licence to trade need to be banned and website should be permanently blocked. So that it would be a good lesson for other traders who are trying to take financial advantage in the unprecedented crisis.

    Chux Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:38 PM

    In time to come banks also should be raised as the way they earn profits of billions and the poor people suffer and suffer

    nimal aiya Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:41 PM

    nondi - pure greadiness

    rupadevi monerawela Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:51 PM

    IT may be, but most of the orders kapruk gets are from sri lankan's abroad to help their relatives in Sri Lanka at this time of need. the prices you have quoted are only a few dollars or GB pounds. there are local traders you must raid as the sri lankans living and working in SL do not have the money to buy rice and other essentials they need because of the local traders are making money from a bad situation. The beneficiary of kapruk is our government. this is a foreign exchange earner. This is the time of New Year and those abroad are helping their less fortunate kith and kin living in Sri Lanka.. Small minded economists and jealous group is attacking a custom of looking after ones own less fortunate relatives. We don't need communist behaviour in Sri Lanka.

    rupadevi monerawela Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:54 PM

    who are these ignorant fools who are stopping the government earning a few foreign exchange. what economics do they know.

    Senarath Kumara Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:55 PM

    I never though you Kapruka would do that. "The CAA said the company has agreed to pay back the excess amount they have charged from consumers." Shame on you !!!

    Ratnam Ponnudurai Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:17 AM

    The licence of the Company should be cancelled with immediate effect, for taking advantage of calamitous situation in the country. The directors of the company should be arrested and produced before the court. What are the relevant authorities waiting for?This firm is undermining the sincere efforts of the President.

    Yana Fernando Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:51 AM

    Rupadevi. You must be kidding. These buggers have always been a bloody ripoff.

    yaka mahathaya Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:56 AM

    if this guy was a tamil or a muslim....... what would have been the fate ? curfew will be thrown out of windows and gandassara will go berserk

    Anushka Lovell Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:08 AM

    NO surprise. I placed an order for some gift items to be delivered. The order was placed on 20 March to be delivered on 25 March. Items were NOT delivered, nor was I advised of any updates until I wrote and complained to them. They are frauds. Many times they charge for gift items that are NOT in stock and then take a long time to refund the money. This particular order I have still NOT received the refund nor have the items been delivered. They were well aware of the situation in the country, if they knew they couldn't make the deliveries or get the items - they should have NOT accepted ANY orders. They take the customers money and stay quiet. They were selling hand sanitzer small bottles for exorbitant rates. Fontana mango juice 1 litre which is 580 outside they are selling for over Rs 1000 rupees and that is what they have charged me. Fontana Cranberry juice which is 685 outside is sold by them for Rs 1050 ....In fact they have overcharged me on many items. I want a refund!!

    Adwani Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:15 AM

    If Kapruka belongs to Ravi, Gammon Billai, etc. no raid

    Harry Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:49 PM

    Kapruka is very close to it. He will never be charged. Case closed.

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