Aussie fashionistas may be getting ripped off

Aussies who like to keep up with the latest trends might be getting ripped off when purchasing clothes down under.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched an investigation into the prices that people have to pay after it emerged that certain retailers are charging Aussies a premium on goods, ABC News reports.

A growing number of people like to use their debit cards to buy garments over the internet and it is online sales that the ACCC is most concerned about.

It has been alleged that clothing importers are making deals with international web-based stores to raise prices for Aussie shoppers. If the accusations prove to be true, the ACCC will dish out some severe fines.

Competition laws are in place to ensure Australian people get a fair price when purchasing products and consumer group Choice has long campaigned for an investigation into clothes sellers.

"We're pleased that the ACCC is treating this as a priority," spokesperson for the organisation Ingrid Just was quoted as saying.

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