by The Associated Press
Friday, May 14, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Suspect storefront advertising on Juneau's main drag for cruise ship visitors is down this year after a state crackdown.
The Juneau Empire reports the tourist season opened with virtually none of the "70 percent off," "blowout sale" and clearance signs prevalent in the past.
Assistant Attorney General Cindy Drinkwater says such early season advertising suggested impossible situations that raised consumer protection concerns.
Former Juneau jewelry store owner Tobe Thompson says the unfair practices helped drive her away in 2008.
Last summer, the state warned businesses to stop unfair and deceptive advertising. It charged two jewelry store owners that didn't comply.