Governor Signs Price Scanner Law

By Jordan Weinstein

July 5, 2012
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation that removes a requirement that food stores place individual price stickers on each item for sale in their shops. The law lets storeowners instead place price scanners throughout their stores, allowing customers to scan items to find out prices.

But consumer advocates, including MassPIRG’s Janet Domenitz, say scanners can be unreliable, forcing consumers to play "guess the price" before heading to the checkout line.
“Theoretically, consumers can find these machines, [they] are easy and they’re accurate. And I think that’s a big assumption — those are three big assumptions,” she said.
Storeowners say the legislation will save them the expense of having to put stickers on everything in their shops.

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