I thought this was interesting for some reason - here in the US each store has it's own policy and it must be stated clearly (posted in the store, on the receipt, etc) about their return policy.With the price of salt returning to normal, hundreds of people in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, visited supermarkets and shops to return their purchase, sparking a public debate on whether that should be allowed, says an article in Xinhua Daily Telegraph.
But from the legal point of view, shopkeepers have to refund the money, especially because they sold the salt at a higher price, and according to the Price Law, no one can do so because salt is a special commodity to be sold strictly under government-guided price. Hence, shopkeepers have to take back the salt and refund the money to consumers.
Perhaps the consumers should be made to keep the salt as a reminder to the crisis they created and a lesson to ignore rumors in the future.
A consumer-created crisis
I also find it interesting that salt is a commodity with a price determined by the government - is this the same here in the US?