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SHOPPING: Don’t mess with the American consumer

Letter by Karen Jeffery, Tacoma on June 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm with No Comments »
June 7, 2013 2:24 pm

I’m coming to believe that the American consumer is at the bottom of the food chain. No more are we respected as the driving force to prosperity, but we are viewed by corporate America as suckers to take advantage of.

Like many others, when I run out of a few essentials between supermarket stock-up buying, the neighborhood convenience store has been the go-to alternative to walking, parking and waiting in lines associated with supermarkets. Out of cat food, toilet tissue or cough drops and I can quickly run in and out of the 7-Eleven or other convenience store.

But if you haven’t noticed, many have stopped “pricing” or ticketing their items. I was of the impression that fair market practices dictated that retail prices be displayed for the consumer. Of course, the business saves on labor if no one takes a few extra seconds to attach a price sticker while stocking the store, and time is money. But I’m opposed to Mystery Shopping.

Being a senior on retirement, I may have a limited amount of cash and resent having to ask the price, so that I know if I have enough or must leave an item on the shelf. Without a displayed price, the checker is given free range on fraud and could give their buddies a deal or even pocket or skim a little cash if we are ignorant to the selling price. Isn’t this an FTC issue?

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