Deceptive Practices
Posted: 2007-11-25. Categories: Wal-mart

Several times a year, after buying many items at Wal-Mart (and being distracted by my young child) I have found small items on the receipt that I did not purchase. Items such as; a 20 ounce ice tea for $0.98 (this has happened twice). I have also found that I have been overcharged for items.

It is difficult to watch the prices as they are being rung up, when I have purchased many items and I have to load them in the cart myself. I wonder just how many people they do this to each year and how many millions of dollars they make charging customers for items they never intended to purchase? When you shop at a Wal-mart 30 miles away, it is hard to justify going back to the store for a dollar or two and I think they know that.


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1 Comment to "Deceptive Practices"

  1. Retail Bandit says:

    Dear David,

    Thanks for your comments.

    I personally make it habit never to leave a store without first checking my receipt. While I’ve never been charged for items I did not place in my shopping cart, I find that I am overcharged for items about 50% of the time.

    If you make it a habit to always stop a moment and really look over your receipt, you can save yourself a great deal of time and frustration. Let them see you do it.

    Most people don’t realize that then entire checkout area is almost always under close survellance by store security personnel and at the very least is being taped for review later. If they know that customers are checking their receipts they will be less likely to resort to overcharing their patrons.

    My family did some shopping last night and I found the most of the stores are using tricky tactics this time of year. A local Wal-mart had sale prices posted on the wall above the wrong item. I wasted 30 minutes of my time trying to get my “overcharge” refunded, even though I checked the tag, I had still ended up purchasing the wrong item. This is a comment practice during the holidays.

    Even though stores will be packed and shoppers frazzled, please take the time to check your receipt before you leave the store. The time you save will be your own!