PRICE ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT!
Weights and Measures inspectors routinely conduct inspections at retail locations with automated point-of-sale systems to verify that prices charged to consumers are the same as those posted, advertised, or quoted price. Automated point-of-sale (POS) systems include scanners or any electronic or computer systems that use price look-up codes or descriptions to retrieve the prices for items.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors enacted the Consumer Confidence Protection Act of 1999, requiring the annual registration of retail POS systems, as defined by California law, being used by a retail establishment.
Weights and Measures inspectors also confirm that check-out stands clearly display the price of each item as they are entered into the POS system. The California law (BPC §13300) requiring customer price displays was enacted in 2002 and became effective January 1, 2007.
Lesser violations are handled through civil administrative procedures that include the potential for fines. View the list of businesses fined within the past 24 months (open as a CSV file and save as an excel file) as a result of price accuracy violations. More serious violations may result in court action.
NOTICES REQUIRED TO BE POSTED
Attention Consumers Notice must be posted at every POS station.
Atención Consumidores Aviso debe ser colocado en cada estación de Punto de Venta.
Failed Inspection Notice must be posted when provided.
Passed Inspection Notice may be voluntarily posted at entrances.
Customers should be vigilant to protect themselves:
- Pay attention to the customer price display to make sure you are charged the correct price
- Look at your receipt before you leave the store
- Report pricing errors to store management immediately
- Ask about the store’s policy for overcharges (Sometimes the store will give you an item for free or subtract a dollar amount)
To report any overcharges, call 1-888-TRUE-SCAN (878-3722) (toll free) or e-mail email@example.com
Please provide the following information to enable our inspectors to accurately investigate the complaint:
- Store name, address, and city
- Date and time of occurrence
- Sale ending date, if the item is on sale
- Item or items purchased, including brand name and size as appropriate
- Location in the store, such as, regular aisle, end cap, special table display, at entrance, etc.
- Specific complaint information (i.e., shelf price stated $1.50, but store charged $1.75)
Include your name and telephone number, or name and e-mail address, to allow us to contact you with the results of our investigation. This information is kept confidential from the store location.