Tuesday, February 17, 2009  
Point of Sale and pricing in CND vs USD. Often the US price is cheaper so will anyone care?

:: Posted by max @ 2/17/2009 11:22:00 AM
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Ever on the lookout for a scandal Herve St-Louis has posted a speculative piece about the legality of selling books that have no marked Canadian price on them and POS technology.

"Since January 2008, Diamond Comics, the largest comic book distributor in North America has required that all products it distributes include barcodes that can be scanned by its staff and by North American comic book retailers. Diamond Comics has aggressively encouraged comic book retailers to adopt its point of sale (POS) scanning technology. Many Canadian retailers have adopted the scanning technology in their stores. However, many product vendors have stopped including specific Canadian prices on their products. In turn, Canadian retailers have begun using American prices on products ordered through Diamond Comics. Many comic book retailers use Diamond Comics exclusively as their distribution channel. Many stores now inform their customers that all prices are quoted in US dollars and adjusted at the checkout point to match the current Canadian/US dollar exchange rate."
Not so sure this is a burning issue, is there any real energy amongst consumers to pursue this? I'm no expert on the topic but there are a fair number of magazines and other items that have taken to not including Canadian dollar prices since we were at par with US dollars a little while back, and I heard of no legal uprising over that - this was something i learned of from the nightly news so the fact it's done is not widely unknown.

Also i often find things in the super market not clearly priced all the time. And this i know is officially illegal but no one seems to be suing anyone over that either, there was even governmental action here in Quebec over it some time back which is how it came to my attention, but still it'd done all the time just the same. Drives me nuts frankly but i've heard of no suit in the works and have no interest in engaging in this myself - and that's food, much more a wide spread priority.

I think on a subject like this it's good to remember Canada is not quite the quick to litigate state some places are. It's harder to bring a suit, and more expensive from what i've been told than in the US. It may be possible but the question is, will anyone bother? So while it may be true, i don't currently see an active mad rush of comics consumers organizing themselves to sue the assorted comic shop owners collectively for this habit. Seems like a bit of a shot in the dark, we'll see i guess.

Perhaps Herve will inspire someone to look into it and make the lives of may retailers more interesting than they already are. The article is marked '001' so we can expect more on the topic.

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