To narrate the incident in short; I had a couple of hours in Jodhpur after checking out from the hotel and decided to visit the Fort. On my way back, the driver recommended to me to shop at a 'government' store for rajasthani items and I agreed to since I had some time with me. The shop was Rajasthali Textile Development Corporation, 1&2 Nimheda House, Near The Hotel Marvel Ummed, Mandor Road, Paota, JODHPUR. There were many points that were noteworthy which you should note so that you too do not get duped.
1. The name plate incorporated R.T.D.C on it with a classic signage of camel and king looking like a government owned/run store. In fact RTDC stands for Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and is a Government of Rajasthan body and usage of the R.T.D.C. acronym is only to make an impression of being a government store.
2. I stepped in and saw plates of 'Fixed Rate' displayed at multiple places in the store which did resemble a government store. But it is only for the purpose of misleading and cheating people. More so because there is nothing fixed there. You would be amazed to know that no items had a price or MRP tag on it. The sales person would quote the rate to you based on his assesment of how much you can pay and be duped for.
3. I made the above point to the salesman and he responded by saying that he is a government employee and does not require to do these things and he would lose his job on one complaint of mine and thereafter started to repeatedly make this point of this being a government store and all of them are employees of the Government of Rajasthan. This is the point. The staff was repeatedly making this point of being employees of the Government of Rajasthan employed in a store operated by the RTDC. Plain lies they were speaking. How can a government store stock items without price tags on them and write 'Fixed Rate' on multiple points in the store.
4. There was also a guarantee offered with a vague looking guarantee card that I would get 50% of the value of the goods returned if I go to any government operated store in India or Khadi Gramudyog store after 4 years of using the goods. Again to cheat and dupe patrons. No such resale is available at Khadi Gramudyog stores or other givernment shops.
5. The invoice was amazing. It was a "kaccha bill" that you would get from a samosa or chaat shop. It does not have the item code or description, no field for VAT, no proper VAT registration details of the seller, 'Retail invoice/Cash memo' as it should be written over the bill was not mentioned. In short it was a peice of paper and not a bill/invoice.
6. To avoid showing sales on record, they prefer to sell on cash else they would have to pay VAT and sales would be recorded. I wanted to pay by credit card and was informed that the card swipe machine was not working due to error in connectivity though two swipe machine were placed on the counter and was shown an ATM across the road where I could fetch cash from. I still insisted that they try once and for namesake they did and informed me it was not wroking. I went near the machine to check and found out that the telephone cable was not plugged in and asked them to plug it in.
On my return home I found another tripadvisor forum post on the same issue with topic 'Shopping scam in Jaipur - Rajasthali Textile Dev. Corp.' which can be found on the link tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-g304555-i4767-k5009…
I could also not find any reference to this Rajasthali Textile Development Corporation on the web other than the above froum link of scam. They have no website, blog page or email id. In effect complete fraud they are.
The option of attaching photos/documents is not available in this forum else I would have shared the invoice and guarantee card that they gave me. Try shopping from any genuine government store and you would find that their invoices are very elaborate with all details mentioned. I wanted to show how a proper invoice looks like which I got from a store from the line of state government stores at CP in Delhi at Baba Kharag Singh Marg, Rajiv Gandhi Hast Shilp Bhavan as it is called.
So friends, beware of these kinds of scamsters whenever travelling to heritage destinations in India. Please look out for the above six points that I have outlined which are the common ways to create an impression of being genuine and cheat.
N.B. Please if anyone knows or the administrator of the forum can share how to upload images here, I want to share the invoice that I received and compare that to a genuine invoice.