Skip to comments.Mass. Gov. signs price sticker bill
Posted on 07/06/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT by matt04
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has approved a bill that removes a requirement that food store owners place individual price stickers on each item for sale in their shops.
The Democratic governor on Tuesday signed the law, allowing store owners to instead place price scanners throughout their stores. Customers can use the scanners to determine an item's cost.
But consumer advocates say scanners can be unreliable, forcing consumers to play "guess the price" before heading to the checkout line.
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The same law was passed in Michigan a while back.
So far no mayhem has ensued.
This is what the libs think of us dolts out in the hinterland. I’m absolutely amazed that anyone would make such an absurd statement.
I think they are now required to have a price sticker on EACH INDIVIDUAL ITEM, not just on the shelf, but I may be wrong.
A quick Google search reveals that MassPIRG was one of the major “consumer groups” who believes that we are all too dumb use a scanner or read a shelf tag, which as far as I can call will stay.
This is also the same group fighting to have a 5 cent deposit on all bottled beverages, not just carbonated ones.
Gonna make it rough on stores that sell loose rice rather than by-the-bag. Each grain must have a sticker or it would be a violation.
I was talking to someone in a MA supermarket today and they said it is every item. However, multiple exceptions are made for frozen items, eggs and cards amongst others.
Apparently, the number of registers in a store also has something to due with the requirements, which can result in thousands of dollars of fines for unlabeled items.
there is always a sticker on the shelf.
plus who cares what it costs. they are likely paying with food stamps anyways.
Its petty time consuming to price every single can, bag, and box in a store.
In the factory we tied putting traceability tags on every single part till we leaned how time consuming it really was. We knocked it back to 5 out of every 50 parts with a tag on every individual box of parts.
Where are the scanners made?............
And who owns them?............
I scan with my iPhone.
I doubt the shelf tags will go away. Most major retailers use them as a place holder so employees know were to stock items according to a corporate approve plan for each slelf.
What's wrong with them? 5 cents? A real liberal would fight for 5 bucks!
(women and minorities waivered of course)
Yes, so would I, but it's very expensive to do that and you will pay for it. I'm surprised Massachusetts still requires item-pricing. Even NYS did away with the requirement some 15 years ago.
The store is periodically audited and if it achieves a 95% accuracy rating [shelf tag to scanned price,] it retains its privilege to forego item-pricing. Seems to work well.
This would make scanners irrelevant. You would have to change prices on existing items on the shelves. Also, it would drive up labor costs by forcing stores to do totally unnecessary work. Those costs get passed on to consumers. Massachusetts seems to be filled with highly educated idiots.
Lots of grocery stores in Texas give discounts or even free merchandise to customers who can demonstrate that the shelf prices are inconsistent with the scanner price. I've never had his happen to me.