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SHOPPING: Supermarket scams almost amount to legal fraud

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Nov. 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | No Comments »
November 16, 2012 2:12 pm

I live within two miles of a major grocery chain outlet and while the store is always clean and the employees are very helpful, there is no doubt in my mind that the folks at the upper-management level plot and plan to increase their profit margin by deceiving the public. How?

Card-holding customers are supposed to get a substantial discount on certain items, but when they get to the store the discount prices are often not shown and shoppers (especially seniors) may not remember the brand name and end up purchasing a similar item at a much higher price. And, of course, there is the old “Buy one, (at twice the regular price) and get one free” offer.

As if things were not bad enough, along comes along the high-tech gimmick that requires shoppers to be computer savvy to get certain advertised special prices and can cause them to pay much more than they thought if they fail to enter the proper ID codes. (Seniors are especially vulnerable.)

We shouldn’t have to take lawyers along with us when we shop for our bread and butter, and it may well be time for our Legislature to consider some consumer protection legislation.

Don’t forget your coupons!

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