Attention Shoppers: Watch Those Scanners

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Christmas is right around the corner. But if you're like most of us, you probably still have more gifts to buy.

But when you go to the checkout counter, make sure you are not being over charged.

Yes, the Computer Can be Wrong

When it comes to shopping these days, everyone is looking for a bargain.

And the way we shop is hi-tech, with almost everything we buy crossing a scanner - something that most shoppers trust is always right.

"It's force of habit - stick it in my pocket and go and toss it in the trash can. I don't know, I never check them," said one shopper.

"It goes through the bar scanner. We haven't really compared the scanned price to the posted price on the stuff," admitted another shopper.

But some warn that the technology sometimes cheats customers.

American consumers lost $2.5 billion to supermarket scanner overcharges every year, according to IT Business Magazine.

In one California county alone, more than 50 percent of businesses inspected had problems with their scanners. So in these tight economic times a good rule of the thumb is to keep an eagle eye on the scanner - and check those receipts when you check out.

One inspector admonished, "I wouldn't rely on them to always be correct and looking out for your best interest you have to look out for yourself."

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Charlene Israel

Charlene Israel

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