New England News
3:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Massachusetts Eliminates Item Pricing Requirement For Grocery Stores

Supermarkets and grocery stores in Massachusetts starting next year will no longer be required to put a price sticker on every item on their shelves.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

 

            The law signed by Governor Deval Patrick permits food stores to stop affixing  prices to individual  items if they install self serve  price check scanners in their stores..  Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate who wrote the state’s item priceing law 25 years ago, says the change is a blow to consumer rights.  He says aisle scanners have proven to be very unreliable.

            The supermarket industry had lobbied Massachusetts legislators for years  to do away with the requirement to put price stickers on every item, contending it cost too much...