This is becoming worse everyday as recharge cards price keep increasing. For the past two weeks or more, the South African owned MTN network, sent a message to all customers about the sudden price hike of recharge card and for consumers to stop patronising any retailer who sales above the normal amount. N100 cards sell for N110, N200 for N220 and the list goes on.
Now, here comes the retailers, wholesalers and consumers voicing out their distress about the sudden price hike of recharge cards.
A retailer in Agric, Ojo, Lagos, Madam Otobo, says;* “we buy N100 card for N100, from wholesalers how can we now sell at the same amount? Do we sit all day selling cards for charity? They then go and place an advert that people shouldn’t pay more. It’s not acceptable. Other cards are still normal price.”*
A subscriber in Ajegunle, Mr. Johnbull Agbarakwe; “the solution can only be to stop patronizing them. They have done this before and people moved to other networks. They seem to forget so soon that their monopoly was broken because of their greed. Glo came with per second billing. The last time they did this I bought an Airtel sim card, now this.
“The only challenge is that people that use them for browsing might find it difficult to use other networks because of bonuses. They are probably doing this to get back at government for the fine they are currently paying. What they fail to realise is that it’s the masses that suffer. The NCC cannot say they are not aware of this. MTN is getting too comfortable, we should continue to battle with them till they stop taking us for granted.”
A wholesaler in Surulere, Seyi Akerele; “The solution might be for the wholesalers to stop buying their cards. Retailers are not united enough, if one doesn’t sell, another would sell. By the time three to five wholesalers refuse to pick up the cards for a week, with the population in Lagos, I believe MTN will get the message. They should know that they are not the only network available us.”
Everyone are currently waiting for MTN statement concerning the issue and a fix for the sudden price increase of recharge cards.
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