Grocery Law

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  1. kenworth

    kenworth Well-Known Member

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    Does your state require that each item on the shelf have the price stickered or marked on it?

    I live in MI and we DO.

    I frequently travel to WI and I noticed that they DO NOT.

    I made some purchases in WI and noticed that my items didn't match the price I thought they were posted as.

    I went back into the store, and yes, the items were posted at a lower price. I went to the customer service and requested a refund. The service counter started to argue with me, until I invited her over to where the price was posted. She very snottily refunded my monies.

    Our new MI governor wants to allow stores to discontinue marking prices on goods. I don't agree.

    What's your state's grocery law?
     
  2. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm in Michigan. Not posting the price on every item is supposed to save businesses money. I think it's just a scam. I want to see the price on each item, and I want the label under the shelf that shows you how much you are paying per unit.
     

  3. HTG_zoo

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    Having worked retail, I could see not having to mark each item saving businesses a lot actually. They would save the cost of the price sticker, but they'd save much more on the labor used to affix the sticker.

    We don't have tags on the individual items here in Indiana, and I don't think that shopping is overly difficult because of it.
     
  4. Wendy

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    It's not done here in Indiana. I have grabbed items with a price tag right under them thinking it was on sale only to find out the price was for another item. You must read the tags on the shelves very carefully to figure out what price goes with what item.
     
  5. clovis

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    Not every item has to be marked and stickered with a price tag here in Indiana, but we do have a law that requires the grocery store to state a clear price, with the per unit cost or the ounce cost.

    I very much enjoy these tags, and use them frequently.
     
  6. Rusty'sDog

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    In WA, they stopped marking individual items around '97, and consumers protested. One of the chains announced that if an item rang up at a different price than the shelf price, they would GIVE you the product. Needless to say, people watched the register very carefully! Now, most people are so accustomed to it that they don't pay much attention.
     
  7. kara_leigh

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    I agree. Especially in a store like Walmart, or even Sams...can you imagine how long it would take to label each of those items? That costs A LOT in labor. Not a scam at all.

    Where we used to live, in Nebraska, it wasn't a law and I never noticed. As far as I know, it isn't a law here in Missouri either. I just pay attention to the tag on the shelf. *shrug*
     
  8. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    I haven't seen a tag on a can in years or decades, maybe? As soon as scanners were put in stores, tagging stopped.
     
  9. atobols

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    I have seen stores that mark things individually, but it's rare.

    In the places where they are required by law to label each item, do they manually enter the price or do they scan the bar code? Does the cashier double check to make sure that the scanned price matches the marked price?

    Marking every item isn't exactly an efficient process. It leaves me wondering why something like that would be made into law. :shrug:
     
  10. Ohio dreamer

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    No tags in OH or PA. It's been at least 20 yrs since I've seen a tag on an item in the grocery store (not counting the clearance bin).
     
  11. CesumPec

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    instead of advocating the gov't stick it's big ugly nose into the matter, if you don't like the store's policy you should take action. Either write the store's HQ or don't shop there, even organize a boycott through some consumer organization.

    Personally, I would prefer each item be tagged but I prefer even more that the gov't stay away from my consumer decisions.
     
  12. Sumer

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    Im in Michigan also. I like that each thing has a price on it. Most stores do it some dont. They can still not mark each individual item here as long as the price is clearly marked right near the item. I think its limited tho to so many groups of items per store.

    It just makes it easier to know what your spending as ya shop. Also sometimes only a certain flavor or style is on sale & having the prices of things on the product makes this less confusing.

    We have a very nice scanner overcharge law here also, where if the scanner rings up a different price than posted you can get 10X the amount of the difference minimum of $1 up to $5. I have used this law before and they sure dont like to pay it. Comes in handy around Christmas where sales are crazy. Its nice to actually get the sale price when they advertise a sale.
     
  13. cfabe

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    I moved to Michigan about 3 years ago and was surprised they still marked prices on each item, seems so old fashioned to me. I guess it is nice sometimes, but half the time the marked price isn't even correct. Thanks for the info on the price scan error law, I had not heard about that before.
     
  14. SunsetSonata

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    I actually don't like to see price tags on grocery items. Not much problem seeing the wrong product with the wrong shelf label - usually it's pretty clearly marked. Sometimes a price sticker will cover up part of the product I want to read, not to mention I agree with cfabe that it seems old-fashioned and even clumsy to have to price every stock item individually. I imagine some of the country's worst areas with little respect for community might require stickers if there are a lot of folks who don't put products back where they're supposed to be.
     
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  16. mnn2501

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    Same here and I've lived in 4 states since scanners came out.
    I do keep an eye on prices the scanner rings up as they are not always correct, but I'd never want to go back to the days of havingto mark prices on each can - what a waste of labor!
     
  17. City Bound

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    I dont know what the law is here, but we just have it marked on the shelf, then the check out person scans it and the computer reads it, so the only error that could really occur is if the computer price and the shelf price are off, not a problem with the check out person making a mistake. i do keep an eye on the monitor to make sure the prices are comming up right, but I have to remember the prices from the shelf to do that.

    Some of the smaller mom and pop grocery stores still price each item with a gun, because they dont have a scanner.

    Hey, I dont care as long as they charge me correctly and the prices are decent to begin with.
     
  18. Sumer

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    Well theres the problem. How am I supposta remember exactly how much that one can of beans was out of the 50 things I just bought.

    Hang on there checkout girl, I think that was 59 cents not 69 cents. let me run back thru the isles to find the price there in the shelf to be sure.. or I could look at the can right there.

    When I get home I can also check the receipt with the products price tag.
     
  19. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Carry a note pad and jot prices down. :)

    Personally, I do *not* have time for all that checking and double checking. Got goats, got businesses, got people to take care of.

    Life is plenty full. :)
     
  20. Eyes Wide Open

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    Our state doesn't require price tags on everything. I've done spot checks with my local groceries and am satisfied. Oh, I'm sure sometimes I get charged wrong but I'm satisfied it's not a scam.

    I am not typically sympathetic to big businesses but I can see how the labor of marking everything can get out of hand, plus it doesn't allow for fluctuating prices.

    What really annoys me is when there is absolutely zero price whatsoever, when even the shelf doesn't have a label. This happens frequently at my local Walmart. I should do as a PP says and vote with my dollars (and feet) but Walmart long since destroyed my town and there is nowhere else to buy these things except the grocery stores (which charge 50% more for cat litter, toothpaste, etc.). Our Walmart does have the price scanners but the ones near the aisles I typically shop in don't work. I have indeed dropped things and walked out of there before when I couldn't figure out a price. And in my Walmart, you don't ask for help - they'll look at you like you've got three heads if you ask anyone for assistance. It's strictly a self service store (except the cashiers and the "greeter").