Shop local’… but be on guard

Shop local’… but be on guard

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North Bay, Canada

#1 Feb 12, 2013
Shop local’… but be on guard
Dear editor,
From time to time we, as Georgetown residents, are urged to ‘Shop Local’.
I have had several unfortunate experiences doing that at local retail shops.
Today at a supermarket I selected French fries from a bin marked $1, which was the price advertised in their weekly flyer. I was charged $2.29 for them. Also today I tried to buy envelopes, and saw a packet on the shelf marked $1.67; the cashier tried to charge $6. Last month I wanted to buy a two-slice toaster and saw one in a flyer of a local store advertised for $14.99. The cashier tried to charge me $29.99. The assistant who checked this for me, agreed that the price on the shelf was as advertised, but they still insisted that the price of $29.99 was correct. I didn’t buy it.
In each of these cases the excuse offered by the store employees was the same— the products had been placed in the wrong bin, or on the wrong shelf. I pointed out to them that, as a customer, it is not my responsibility to put things in the correct places, and they should check to ensure that their products are in the correct places.
Needless to say the supermarket has lost a customer and so has the store selling toasters.
‘Shop Local’ by all means, but be on your guard and don’t get ripped off.
Terry Brown,

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