Post Content

Undersecretary Barbara AnthonyPosted by:
Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

We’ve all been to a store and experienced the following: The price rung up at the register was more than what we saw on the shelf. Sometimes we might ask the cashier about it, sometimes we might think we just goofed up and keep it to ourselves.

In some cases, that feeling was accurate. Sometimes, retailers incorrectly price an item at the register from the price listed on the shelves, and in many of those cases of “overcharging,” the consumer comes out on the wrong end of the deal.

In recent weeks we’ve had very productive meetings with retailers regarding the serious problem of overcharging. At the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Division of Standards, we are proactively working on eliminating overcharging in an effort to make sure you are being charged the proper amount for an item.

We’ve met with CVS and Shaw’s, and plan on meeting with other retailers to discuss overcharging. Both CVS and Shaw’s have been very cooperative, taking the time to sit down with us to discuss their plans to improve their pricing. After they have put their plans in place, the Division of Standards will continue its effective inspection program to ensure those plans are having an impact on overcharges.

In the case of overcharging, it’s important for consumers to be their own best advocate. When you’re at a store, try as much as possible to take note of prices. If a price seems out of whack, ask for a check of the shelf pricing. If you’ve been a victim of overcharging, let us know by calling our hotline at (888) 283-3757. We’d like to know about it, and we’ll make sure the Division of Standards is aware of the incident and schedules an inspection of the store.

Written By:


Jayda Leder-Luis is the Communications Coordinator at the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation.

Recent Posts

Craigslist Scam Alert: How You Could You Be Paying Someone to Steal Your Personal Info posted on Jul 24

Over the past week, the Consumer Hotline has received two complaints about a scam on Craigslist where buyers are scamming sellers out of money and their personal information. Callers reported being scammed when trying to sell an item on Craigslist. Online buyers would offer to   …Continue Reading Craigslist Scam Alert: How You Could You Be Paying Someone to Steal Your Personal Info

First Time Homebuyers Prepare Themselves posted on Mar 13

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases a consumer will ever make. Although buying and owning a home may seem daunting, prospective Massachusetts homeowners have a wealth of resources to prepare themselves. HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and Community Development Corporations around Massachusetts provide   …Continue Reading First Time Homebuyers Prepare Themselves

Subfreezing Temperatures Don’t Have to Freeze Your Bank Account posted on Jan 9

Subfreezing Temperatures Don’t Have to Freeze Your Bank Account

As the nation has endured subfreezing temperatures this week and consumers are putting their thermostats to work, it might be a good idea to check in and see how efficient your heating system is running. In Massachusetts, MassSave, a statewide program sponsored by Massachusetts energy companies,  supports   …Continue Reading Subfreezing Temperatures Don’t Have to Freeze Your Bank Account