Shoppers Beware! Don't be Overcharged at the Register!

07 Dec Shoppers Beware! Don't be Overcharged at the Register!

Over the last few months, I have discovered several of my local Target stores are overcharging consumers by charging prices much higher than the item is marked on the shelf. The first time I discovered this, I brought it to the cashier’s attention and she adjusted the price at the register. The next FOUR times it happened (and on the same exact items) I brought it to the store manager’s attention. Each time I advised him/or her that what they were doing was (1) stealing from the consumer, (2) violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, (3) their acts were fraudulent, and (4) that I was going to report them to the Attorney General’s office. The last store manager I spoke with (two days in a row) finally “fixed” the problem at her store by changing the shelf price to be the same as in the computer – which is the wrong price. How do I know this? Because all of the other Target stores I have checked have the lower shelf price. Unfortunately, the item scans at the higher price – $1.05 higher than it should be.

Even sale prices ring up at regular price!!! Last weekend I bought several items on sale but when I got to the register they rang up at regular price. If I hadn’t been paying attention I would have been overcharged more than $13.00 on those purchases. The cashier told me the store had a problem with not adjusting the prices in the computer and they never question a customer if the customer says the shelf price is different.

By my calculations, over the last two month Target would have overcharged me more than $50.00 if I had not paid attention to what they were charging me!

The moral of this story is to make sure you are being charged the right price when you get to the cash register. Otherwise you may go home with less money!

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Jay S. Fleischman is a bankruptcy lawyer with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He can often be found on Google+ and Twitter, where he shares information about consumer protection issues and personal finance.
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