Furore over dodgy advertising

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

BUSINESS owner Martin Pearce is fed up with advertisers harassing him and wanting payment for unsat- isfactory ads.

He said he has already been burned four times by advertisers who had sent him tax invoices that he never agreed to purchase.

This mistake has cost him over $1600.

"I want to warn other businesses that they have a right to refuse pay- ment,'' he said.

Mr Pearce, who is the part-owner of Indoor Sports Arena, said adver- tisers had been calling, harrassing and sending him tax invoices for about a year.

"They send you a letter with a tax invoice and the balance owing.

"I get about two dozen a week.''

Finally, he talked to the Office of Fair Trade and was told he did not have to pay the invoices because the ads were published only in a proof.



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