Don't pay too much - check those holiday receipts

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by BOB HANSEN / NBC

KING5.com

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 2:31 PM

This is a busy time of year at malls and department stores.  But don't let hectic holiday shopping keep you from checking your receipts.

"Especially with the recession and what's going on in our country...layoffs, whatnot.  It's really important to verify you're actually getting the best for your money," says one shopper.

Says another, "I pay attention to them to make sure the prices are right, especially with the sales they're offering.  Make sure you don't lose any money."

Robert Atkins of San Diego County Weights & Measures says "It's just a matter of not keeping up with the system.  It's easy to change the computer prices.  It takes longer to change the shelf price."

So shoppers who think they're getting a discount when they choose the item, may not get it at the register.

Another shopper we talked to says "I try to keep track when they're ringing it up."

Atkins warns, "Watch those sale items to be sure to get the price that's advertised."

While everyone agrees you should check your receipts when you leave the store, not everybody does it.

"I check it if it's an expensive item.  But if it's not I don't look at it that close," says another shopper.

Notify the store if you have a problem.  Some will even give you a discount for pointing it out.  But unless you take a close look at your receipt, the sale that got you in the store may not end up arriving at the register.
 

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