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Attorney Renee C. Walsh

SCANNER LAW UPDATE

The Scanner Law Still Exists!

What’s the main difference in the new scanner law and the old scanner law?

  • How the price is advertised.  Sellers can now display the price in the store at the place where the item is located.  Individually marked items are no longer required.

The new law is called the Shopping Reform and Modernization Act.  (The old law was called the Pricing and Advertising of Consumer Items Act.)  Both of the laws are commonly referred to as the “SCANNER LAW”.

 What are the exceptions?

The scanner law does not apply to:

a) Items sold by weight or volume which are not in a package or container;
b) items sold in a coin-operated vending machine;
c) prepared food intended for immediate consumption;
d) items purchased by mail or through a catalog, or which are not otherwise visible for inspection, if the price of the item is on the consumer’s written order or the bill/invoice;
e) unpackaged food items;
f) items which have a total weight of not more than 3 ounces, a total volume of not more than 3 cubic inches, and a total price of not more than 30 cents;
g) live plants;
h) live animals;
i) motor vehicles;
j) motor vehicle parts;
k) packages of 20 or fewer cigarettes;
l) greeting cards sold individually which have a readable coded price on the back of the card;
m) merchandise ordered by a consumer as a gift to be sent directly to the recipient.

If a scanner is used to charge you more than the price displayed and you have a receipt, then you get the bonus.

Once you complete your transaction notify the seller of the overcharge and request your bonus.  You do not have to do this in writing.  You do have to do this within 30 days.  Remember who you talk to and what is said.

IMPORTANT!  TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DISPLAYED ADVERTISING.

What must the seller do?

PAY YOU WITHIN 2 DAYS!

The OVERCHARGE amount AND

The BONUS = 10 x the difference (min $1.00, max $5.00)

If the seller doesn’t pay, recover actual damages or $250.00, whichever is greater, plus reasonable attorney fees up to $300.00.

Contact me! I’ll help you get your $250 (or actual damages) and they’ll pay my fee!

Key requirements to success at getting $250:

  • Price on display
  • You have receipt
  • You notify store within 30 days
  • Store does not pay bonus within 2 days
  • You have photograph of advertising/display
  • You gave them (or tried to give them) your contact information

Discussion:

  1. Went to store today and bought two SD memory cards for my deer cameras, two packages. The first one I pulled off the rack said $17.99, so I pulled another one that was behind it and never looked at that price – both identical. The lady at the cash register said one was a different price and called the boss over. The one I saw said $17.99 the other one read $21.99 and the highest one was right! I said why’s that? I saw the $17.99 one and thought that was what they were, and they rang them up at $21.99 a piece on my credit card. The boss said someone made a mistake in that department and there’s nothing I could do to change it. I told her I should be compensated for their mistake and she said we don’t do that stuff here and that was that. Is there anything I can do? They really got me mad by ignoring my concerns.

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