Incorrect Shelf Prices at Walmart - Page 2
They had three tests which were nearly the same. The four-drug tests were on the shelf where the twelve drug tests should have been, and vice-versa. This seemed like an employee stocking error.
In the garden center, a single high-quality barbecue brush was on a $1 peg. This, on the other hand, looked like a customer's misshelving error.
Everything else was marked at the correct price.
Vaporizer $14.94, Drug test kit $12.63, Pill Planner $4.24, Pregnancy test 88¢, Claretin $9.82, Sunscreen $8.98, Condoms $7.47, Toe Bandages $2.32, Hair Color $6.97, Tape $1.00, Journal $7.47, Fan $26.84, Smartfeed sprayer $9.92, barbecue brush $497, snorkel $9.97, pruners $2.97, sprinkler $9.73, chocolate sprinkles $3.28, sugar $2.83, Garlic $1.92.
Score two, Walmart.
On my next trip, I scanned eleven items in the tool section and found two problems.
The first was this Black and Decker Lithium drill. It was marked with a shelf price of $69.88, but it scanned at $59.88. $10 less! I verified with an employee that the shelf price was incorrect, and that this item hadn't just been misshelved.
Finding an item which scans at a lower price supports the theory that these pricing errors are just human errors, not a systematic attempt to defraud customers.
I found one other item mismarked, a 97¢ set of driver drill bits which scanned at $1.88. I thought it was a mistake, but upon returning to the tool section, I realized it had just been set onto the wrong peg. Most bit packs were on the correct peg.
My third visit had yielded one wrong price. A drill marked above its true price.
Everything else scanned correctly: Tape $5.88, extension cord $11.47, chime $11.97, smoke alarm pack $22.97, sawblade $3.94, tool set $19.97, mallet 2.77, hinge $2.27, lightbulbs $24.00.
My fourth visit was to the toy section of the Walmart in Folsom, California.
By this time I was very careful about checking that the price tag I was referencing had the name of the product on it. I'll bet when the Department of equalization checks the accuracy of Walmart's shelf prices, they verify that they are looking at the right price tag.
Sometimes this is difficult, as with the stuffed bears shown above. The lower price tag on the right specified an item called "COLOR ME MINE ASSOR". That seems like a viable name, but it isn't correct. It is only if you happened to catch the higher price tag on the right, labelled "DOODLE BEAR AST" that you would realize that $21.97 was the correct price.