Some Arizona stores overcharging, undercharging for Halloween candy

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Just in time for Halloween, a different kind of audit for businesses selling Halloween candy.

The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures conducted inspections during a three week period in late September and early October at various retail stores throughout Arizona, to make sure they were selling treats rather than tricks.

The agency randomly reviewed 26 different stores to inspect for accurate pricing on store shelves, and to verify prices at the cash register on Halloween candy.

According to the results, three retailers were overcharging anywhere from 50 cents to as much as $6.29 on products scanned at the cash register. The agency also found five stores didn't properly post prices to inform customers of the actual price.

In addition, 16 of the 26 stores were actually undercharging anywhere from nine cents to as much as $15.17 for candy.

"In this economy, it is important that consumers are never overcharged, and that businesses don't cheat themselves via inaccurate prices," Kevin Tyne, Director of the Department of Weights and Measures said. "Our analysis indicates in this small sampling of retail stores that better oversight of price posting and price verification will benefit consumers and these businesses as well."

Arizona law requires that all goods offered for sale must have the price posted on or near them, and the same price must match at the retail cash registers or UPC scanner.

Details of the Department's store inspections on Halloween candy are available at its website. For more information, or to file a complaint about a price or scanning error, contact the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures at (602) 771-4920.