Extreme Couponing Canada Tip: Scanning Code of Practice Explained
I guarantee it’s happened to you before. The shelf tag has a price on it, so you think “great deal!” and head up to the register but the item rings in for more then the advertised price. Chances are you either got them to adjust the price or said you didn’t want the item. Well, you could have gotten the item for free by mentioning the Scanning Code ofPractice (SCOP)!
So what is it exactly? It’s a voluntary code that most Canadian Retailers follow to ensure that consumers receive accurate pricing based on advertised prices. If the item is below $10, the customer receives the item for free. If the item is above $10, the customer receives $10 off the purchase price of the item.
The scanning code of practice is endorsed by the Competition Bureau of Canada. At participating retailers you should see this sign either near customer service or at every checkout till. It reads:
Scanning Code of Practice: If the scanned price of a non-price ticketed item is higher than the shelf price or any other displayed price, the customer is entitled to receive the first item free, up to a $10 maximum. If a code of practice problem cannot be resolved at the store level, please call 1-866-499-4599 to register your complaint.
A retailer only has to abide by the rules of SCOP if they are a participating retailer.
Click here for the list of participating retailers in Canada.
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Extreme Couponing Canada: Scanning code of Practice Rules
- SCOP only applies to non-ticketed items, so if a bottle of shampoo is tagged at $3 but rings in at $5 this item is not eligible for a SCOP.
- SCOP applies to shelf tag prices and prices advertised in the store flyer
- Only the first item of each product scanning in at a higher price is eligible for SCOP, the prices of the others should be adjusted to the advertised price.
- The cashier will most likely not mention SCOP if an item rings in at a higher price, so it’s up to you to speak up!
- Some cashiers are unaware of the scanning code of practice policy and if their retailer participates. If necessary ask to speak to a supervisor or member of management.
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