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Grocery price stickers no longer mandatory next week (MA)
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Posted on 01/02/2013 12:29:47 PM PST by matt04

Individual price stickers on groceries may disappear in the new year.

A new state law allows shop owners to place price scanners throughout their store as an alternative to having individual tags on each item. Many larger stores already have such scanners.

It is designed to be a cost saving measure, but it has some disadvantages for customers. Some consumer advocates also argue that scanners can be unreliable.

Mary Ann Spencer of Springfield told 22News that the change is not good for her.

"It would be more difficult for me because I am handicapped, and so if I had to run back and forth with an item to see how much it's going to cost, it would take me an awful long time to do my shopping,” she said.

Before the new law was passed, Massachusetts was the last state in the country to require individual price stickers on each item. Retailers are still required to have product prices marked in store aisles.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Massachusetts
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How has the rest of the country managed by just reading the stickers on the shelf. The horrors about to befall MA grocery shoppers.
1 posted on 01/02/2013 12:29:51 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Well, they did elect a stanch solid conservative by the name of Romney...

Err...

Right. :)


2 posted on 01/02/2013 12:32:46 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: matt04
"It would be more difficult for me because I am handicapped, and so if I had to run back and forth with an item to see how much it's going to cost, it would take me an awful long time to do my shopping,” she said.

So, I guess being handicapped means she's too stupid to look at the price tag on the shelf...

3 posted on 01/02/2013 12:36:06 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: matt04

save the buggy whip industry


4 posted on 01/02/2013 12:39:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt04

hum? Really, there is not one thing I buy at the grocery that is individually priced but “wait for it”, there is a price on the shelf right by the product.
Good lord, some people are sooooo helpless.


5 posted on 01/02/2013 12:40:32 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I think you’ve helped us identify the nature of her handicap


6 posted on 01/02/2013 12:41:43 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: matt04

Side by side comparison shopping? Hell, we don’t need that in Mass. People here have lots of money. What’s a few dollars per grocery store trip? No problem.

Another reason I can not imagine living in Mass.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 12:44:35 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: matt04

What?! Am I reading some common sense? Couldn’t be.....


8 posted on 01/02/2013 12:46:21 PM PST by momtothree
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To: matt04

How about this idea? I know it’s crazy. But, how about the stores do what they want, and the customers choose to go to the stores that do what they want, and stay away from the stores that don’t do what they want?


9 posted on 01/02/2013 12:54:26 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: svcw

“Good lord, some people are sooooo helpless.”

You have to understand that here in the People’s Republic, our economy depends on helplessness. We have a whole state bureacracy dedicated to helplessness. We have a whole private helplessness industry to deal with the state helplessness bureacracy.

Massachusetts, where helplessness is nobody’s fault and everybody’s business!


10 posted on 01/02/2013 12:54:39 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Arthur McGowan

I shop looking at the shelf labels and the ‘price per ounce’ amounts constantly. I do shelf side-by-side comparisons everyday.

I don’t want this change.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 12:58:28 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Arthur McGowan

and the customers choose to go to the stores that do what they want, and stay away from the stores that don’t do what they want?
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Keep coming up with COMMON SENSE answers to non problems and ‘they’ vill vant to talk to you......<: <: <:


12 posted on 01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: George from New England

The shelf stickers with the unit price stay. They no longer have to place a sticker of every can of corn, box of pasta, etc.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 1:03:31 PM PST by matt04
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To: kingu
Well, they did elect a stanch solid conservative by the name of Romney...

Yah,he was the filthy worthless Commie who promised to repeal OsamaObamaCare,promised no tax increases and never laid eyes on "Rules For Radicals",Bill Ayers,"Reverend" Wright or Van Jones.

That Communist punk!

14 posted on 01/02/2013 1:10:20 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: matt04

“”It would be more difficult for me because I am handicapped, and so if I had to run back and forth with an item to see how much it’s going to cost, it would take me an awful long time to do my shopping,” she said” I guess now we know why POSs like this stayed back in the 1800s when the people with BRAINS went WEST. People like this stayed back and became MASSHOLES and NEW YAWKERS!


15 posted on 01/02/2013 1:10:32 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: matt04

Don’t worry. It’s all going to go all electronic RFID so that you can buy and sell with only your debit and credit cards.

Then, it will be real easy to implement .... (technology is taking us down that path).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDyqhcy1L-0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44f5A8PCWiU


16 posted on 01/02/2013 1:10:39 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: matt04

Oh, HORROR: MA shoppers are going to be forced to endure the benefits of technological advancement in retail! OH NO!


17 posted on 01/02/2013 1:20:23 PM PST by dinodino
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To: F15Eagle

Makes it easier to track the subjects; for our own good of course.


18 posted on 01/02/2013 1:37:12 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: matt04

Did this story fall out of a time warp from 1980?


19 posted on 01/02/2013 1:41:50 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Rusty0604

Reminds me of the old Chick Tract about the Mark of the Beast.

A guy goes into a grocery store and tries to buy food without the Mark of the Beast. The cashier yells and store security grabs him. Then they take him out to a portable guillotine driven around.

The crowd cheers as they get to watch another get his head chopped off.

I daresay they would be several in the world’s society that would cheer the beheading of Christians, right now.


20 posted on 01/02/2013 1:45:19 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: matt04

It’ll make it much easier for the stores when inflation hits big-time.

For the consumers? Maybe not so much.


21 posted on 01/02/2013 2:06:23 PM PST by Stosh
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To: matt04

“Some consumer advocates also argue that scanners can be unreliable.”


Those consumer advocates are the same morons who will try and stop anything using, it might make noise, it might increase traffic, it might damage the stream..... never any proof.

Before I retired, the error rate of a UPC with error checking was lower than 1 in 13 million. I wonder how many consumer advocates could enter in the price of 13 million items without an error!

Where an error can occur is the human entering a new price into the store’s database such that when the UPC number is called up an incorrect price will be sent to the register.

Pricing every item in the store is a daunting and expensive task.


22 posted on 01/02/2013 2:41:39 PM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: matt04

I recently got one 89 oz orange juice free because the scanner priced it higher than the labeled price.


23 posted on 01/02/2013 2:41:46 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: matt04

I remember when K-Mart started not marking their products on the shelf. That was probably 20 years ago and I haven’t been back there since.


24 posted on 01/02/2013 3:00:40 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Gay State Conservative; kingu
Yup, so severe a conservative he wanted to ban "assault weapons," supported faggot "marriage," championed socialized medicine that 0care was modeled after, and only supports abortion if the woman is pregnant.

Or maybe he was against those things before he evolved in favor of them, or was it he was for them before he evolved against them? Oh well, give the etch-a-sketch another shake and make it what you want, I mean even after he ran during two elections and did his damnedest to smear every other candidate, he didn't really want to run for President

But don't worry stalwart conservatives like Paul Ryan and the GOPe in congress would "hold his feet to the fire"..........you know those same stalwart conservatives that voted for the "fiscal cliff" disastrophe.

That the communist punk you referring to GSC? Or is there some FR fantasy-land candidate you thought was the "second coming of Reagan" by the same name?

How about we come up with real candidates that actually have Conservative values rather than defending liberal massholes like Myth Romney and pretending something they're not?

25 posted on 01/02/2013 3:05:13 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: matt04

Massachusetts politicians bravely take a big jump from the 1960’s all the way into 1970’s technology.


26 posted on 01/02/2013 3:22:41 PM PST by Iron Munro (I MISS AMERICA !)
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To: George from New England

I think it’s terrible. I consider the labels on the shelf, and especially the unit prices, an important service I want from the store.


27 posted on 01/02/2013 7:26:47 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

and others...

“Massachusetts was the last state in the country to require individual price stickers on each item. Retailers are still required to have product prices marked in store aisles”.

Some confusion here. They are just normalizing things.


28 posted on 01/02/2013 8:18:03 PM PST by procrustes (You make Free Republic look bad!)
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