SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Out with the old and in with the new. Those individual price stickers we’re used to seeing at the grocery store are on their way out, as electronic price scanners are on the way in.
Since New Year’s day… grocery stores are no longer required to put the price on each item.
At the Big Y World Class Market on Cooley Street in Springfield the items are still individually marked.
But those who are for the new law, like Rich Fontaine of Springfield, say you don’t need the stickers since prices are clearly labeled on the shelves. “I rely on the stickers they got on the side. I use that. Actually I like it better cause you can break it down like how much it is per pound. It breaks it down what it is you’re buying. Sometimes you can get your savings better this way.”
Not everyone is so sure about the new system, however. Big Y shopper, Ann Stebbins, thinks it will be harder to figure out exactly what an item costs. “I don’t like that because a lot of times if I see something without a price in the grocery or Walmart or something I won’t buy it cause I don’t have time to go up and say ‘how much is this?’”
That’s why, according to the new state law, grocery stores must install stationary self scanners. Fairly simple to use, the scanners read the bar code on each item and bring the price up on the screen.
Right now, Big Y is in the process of putting the scanners into each of its 30 Massachusetts locations. Already, the store on Cooley has 6 installed and more on the way. Additionally, each scanner will be clearly marked with a large sign above it. The grocery store chain hopes to have the new system in place by February.
“Well I won’t like it but I’ll have no choice,” said Stebbins. “So I’ll take it.”
Eliminating price stickers is nothing new around the country. Massachusetts is in fact the last state to officially get rid of them.
There are requirements for a store to go without price stickers. It must place a stationary self-scanner every 5-thousand square feet of store space.
For retailers with hand-held scanners like Stop & Shop, the requirement is every 10-thousand square feet.