Retailers Pick up Campaign Against Item Pricing Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan retailers are ramping up their campaign to get rid of the state's unique law requiring price tags on most items.

The Michigan Retailers Association commissioned a study released Monday that says the state's item pricing law is a hidden tax on consumers. The study says it results in higher prices for shoppers and is no longer needed for consumer protection.

Michigan Retailers Association President James Hallan says he does not think overall retail employment would drop if the law is repealed.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union disagrees and says jobs would be lost, particularly in grocery stores.

Massachusetts is the only other state with a similar law and it applies only to food retailers.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the item pricing law should be repealed.


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  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    I find it easy to use the price scanners that a lot of stores now have. When you can find out the price before going to the check out you can make the decision whether or not you want to purchase the item. I am assuming the items will still be marked with a sign that inserts at the bottom of the self. This is what I ususally look anyway; not the sticker on the product. Times are changing and so should the law.
  • by Jim Location: Lansing on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    A 2009 study by Consumer Report magazine said that error rates on checkout scanners were as high as 6%. Maybe if retailers could get the error rates down, then it would be time to change the law.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    People have minds and these stores can put these people to work on something that has been lost over the years. Customer service. The government knows how to create jobs that does nothing but run up the price of a product.
  • by sharron Location: mi on Jan 24, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    why do call the employees mindless ,they have minds just like you and a job too unlike some other people
  • by Retail Assoc Location: Lansing on Jan 24, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    None of you sare looking at this from the worker's perspective. Do you know how many people "switch" tags? Many. Like everyday. There are people that use this law to pay their rent $5 at a tome. Where's the protection for the business. This law is a job killer and it causes more pricing increases than it "protects". Who the heck picks up 2 boxxes to look at the labels? You look at the shelf label. There isn't a shelf label? Guess what, store brands are cheaper, figure it out. If it on AD and doesn't ring, pull out the AD. Oh by the way, if a product is on ADf cheaper than regular, you don't change it on the item. You really don't have to change the shelf. As long as it rings right, there's nothing the law says has to be done. So what's the need if ADs are all you're worrying about?
  • by dan on Jan 24, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    @Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 02:40 PM Would you rather see the mindless idiots employed or unemployed ? Maybe your job will get eliminated and no one will care what happens to you.
  • by Checker Location: Michigan on Jan 24, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Keep the law as it is. I usually go over my sales receipt and make sure that what I got charged for an item matches its marked priced. There have been a few times last year when the prices didn't match. How do you argue you were overcharged when the item isn't marked? Computers and scanners are not perfect.
  • by rrr Location: lansing on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    This is not just about pricing items it is also honest advertising making sure you don't see an advertisement showing one price and when you get to the store finding another.It is also about honest advertising where if you see a price at the store and it rings up higher you get 10 times the difference or 5 dollars and the difference back.These laws are to protect the consumer from being scammed.We know not every business is dishonest but we also know without regulation the ones that are will get away with ripping customers off.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    It is a good law if you want to keep mindless idiots employed.
  • by Michelle Location: Jackson on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    Ok, so this is what our Governor is worried about?? Pricing on products at the stores?? LEAVE the law intact. How many products are mismarked? How many times are items advertised for a certain price but when they are rung up, the price is different than advertised. The pricing law is there to protect consumers against being improperly charged for items and if things are not clearly marked with a price sticker, the stores are not going to honor the price. They can charge whatever the "computer" says the price is. How about worrying about getting jobs or the state out of poverty Rick???
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