Did you know that you could get free products and discounted products in stores without using coupons, cash back apps or utilizing the weekly sales? It may seem too good to be try but yes you can! There’s a great protection system in place so shoppers don’t have to pay more than the advertised price.
Let me explain the Scanning Code of Practice to you:
The Competition Bureau endorses the Scanner Price Accuracy Voluntary Code (Scanning Code of Practice/SCOP), which is a voluntary program retailers can choose to opt-in and commit to maintaining consumer confidence in correct product pricing.
The Scanning Code of Practice applies to all scanned Universal Product Code (UPC), bar coded, or Price Look Up (PLU) merchandise that are sold in stores. It excludes the goods which are not easily accessible to the public, such as prescription drugs and behind-the-counter cosmetics, as well as individually price-ticketed items. The Scanning Code of Practice is not in provinces or territories where existing legislation or regulation covers price concerns.
How it works:
When you purchase a non-ticketed barcoded item and the product scans in for a higher price than what is labelled at the shelf or any other displayed price; you are entitled to get the item for FREE if it is priced at $10 or less. Or if the item is greater than $10 in price, you can get a maximum discount of $10 off your purchase.
Tips for actually using SCOP:
- Watch the advertised shelf prices of the items you are purchasing and make a mental note in your head, mark it on your list or do what I do and take a picture with your smartphone or mobile device.
- Pay attention at the cash register to the scanned prices to ensure you are not paying higher than the advertised price.
- As soon as you notice a discrepancy in price, ask the cashier to honour the Scanning Code of Practice discount.
- If the cashier is not trained for SCOP (or doesn’t get enough of these transactions to remember the process), they may have to call a supervisor or you can take your completed purchase to customer service and they will honour valid SCOP requests.
- I have never needed to do this but if the store will not honour a valid SCOP, then you can call the Scanner Price Accuracy Committee to register your complaint.
Here’s a list of stores where Scanning Code of Practice is observed:
Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Supporting Companies:
Shoppers Drug Mart
The Groupe Jean Coutu (NB and ON only)
Lawton Drug Stores
Retail Council of Canada Supporting Companies:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
The Home Depot Canada
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
Toys r Us
Wal*Mart Canada Corp.
Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.
The North West Company
2 Home Hardware franchisees
Canada Safeway Limited
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Canada Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers Supporting Companies:
Overwaitea Food Group
The Harry Watson Group
Longos Brothers Fruit Markets
Federated Co-operatives Limited
+ 1374 independent locations
Utilizing the Scanning Code of Practice code is just 1 of 10 ways that I get free and discounted products.
Have you ever gotten free products or discounted products utilizing Scanning Code of Practice?