Ever get to the cash to find that your sale item actually cost your full price. It scanned incorrectly. Well, as of June 2002 consumers in Canada can benefit from the retailers inaccuracies. Retailers that participate in The Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) are responsible to ensure that their price scanners are correct.

Here is how it works

  • If an item is $10.00 or less, you get the first item free
  • If an item is over $10.00, you get $10 of the sale price of the first item
  • SCOP does not apply to prescription drugs, nor individually stickered items, nor behind the counter cosmetics. If an item has a price tag attached to it and it does not scan at the sale price, you pay the sticker price.
  • If an item is advertised incorrectly the retailer may post a correction in-store
  • SCOP is not just for sale items, it applies to any price tag or advertised price. So if an item is incorrectly scanned even at full price than SCOP applies.

Retailers That Participate in SCOP
Retailers that participage will have signs posted at entrances and checkouts

  • Best Buy
  • Canadian Tire
  • Co-op Atlantic
  • Costco
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL)
  • Giant Tiger
  • Jean Coutu (NB and ON only)
  • Lawtons
  • Loblaws
  • London Drugs
  • Longos
  • Lovell Drugs
  • Metro
  • Overwaitea Foods
  • Pharmasave BC
  • Rona
  • Safeway
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sobeys
  • The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Canada
  • The Harry Watson Group
  • The Home Depot
  • The North West Company
  • Thrifty Foods