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Officials warn store check-out scanners might not give you sale price

November 25, 2010 |  1:27 pm

All those "Black Friday" deals look good, but L.A. County officials say shoppers need to make sure that they are actually paying the reduced prices at the checkout counter.

In the last year, county inspectors found that more than 900 stores failed to charge the lowest advertised price — including such big names as Ralphs, Whole Foods Market, Target and Toys R Us.

"A lot of times, it's a matter of sales going on and they're not changing prices in the scanner," said Ken Pellman, a spokesman for the county Office of Weights and Measures, which is managed by the Department of Agricultural commissioner.

Pellman said the problem can be missed if a shopper doesn't bother to check the receipt.

"And if they pay by credit card, they might not ever realize it if they're not checking," Pellman said. He urged shoppers to bring ads with them to the store or jot down the prices of items as advertised on the shelf.

Read more: "Check your receipts, county tells customers."

-- Rong-Gong Lin II