Retail items in Michigan will no longer bear individual price tags!

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A relief to few and a hassle for some, Michigan retails items will no longer bear their individual retail price tags!
Michigan's now less sticky on price tags
Retailers relieved every item no longer has to bear stamp -Calvin Men/ The Detroit News
Lansing— After 35 years, Michigan's law requiring price tags on most retail items faded into history Thursday, pleasing merchants who had pushed for years to have it repealed.
The change, made at the urging of Gov. Rick Snyder, leaves Massachusetts as the last state to require price tags.

Under Michigan's new law, retailers are still required to post prices, but they don't have to put thumbnail-sized stickers on each item any more.
It's about time, said Tom Scott, senior vice president, Michigan Retailers Association."It's a very costly, unproductive task to put a price sticker on every item," he said.
The price tag law was enacted in 1976 during the early stages of barcode and scanner technology, Scott said.

At the time, consumers didn't trust the scanners to give the right price and relied on stickers as a way to make sure machines were honest. While the new law still enables retailers to use stickers, Scott said it provides more flexibility in how retailers can display prices. In addition, the change could make
Michigan more appealing to retailers and other business owners looking to expand in Michigan, he said.

"Technology has changed so much and we're all more comfortable with technology," he said. "Michigan stood out like a sore thumb compared to other states. When retailers looked at expanding into Michigan, they had to factor in all the additional costs of doing all the price stickering."

A study supported by the state retailer and grocers associations estimated the stickering law placed a $2.2 billion burden on retailers and consumers in Michigan.

But Erin Knott, deputy director of the Michigan Consumer Association, said the new legislation could lead to a more difficult shopping experience for consumers.

"When you have the sticker there in front of you, it helps consumers make a decision about the item that's right in front of you," Knott said.
The change of policy also places the burden of ensuring the item is not overpriced onto the shoulders of consumers, she added.

"You have no other way, unless you're writing [the prices] down, to know how much that item is when you check out," Knott said.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110902/METRO/109020384/Michigan’s-now-less-sticky-on-price-tags#ixzz1WuyVJohU and michiganradio.org

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