Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Time to end pricing fiction in Canada
Unlike most parts of the civilized and uncivilized world, Canada allows retailers to advertise entirely fictional prices that don't reflect what you'll actually have to pay for the item.
So when you bring the cash to the counter, the amount advertised does not suffice. It's some other total that you have to divvy up.
It's insanity, uncivilized and quite ridiculous.
The problem reached tragicomedic proportions with a new environmental tax on electronic goods.
The price is now meant to include some do-gooder tax-grab along with the GST/PST, leaving consumers swindled, bedazzled and tricked out of cash they need to feed their starving children.
Authorities recently banned such practices for airplane flights but they are apparently happy to let this nonsense continue at the cash reggies all around us.
Anyway, the example cited in the accompanying photo should give you an idea: a TV advertised at under $800 actually comes out to almost $1,000 at the cash.
C'mon guys, make it real!