Shopping at Your Local Market: Are the Prices Clear? 

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Do you enjoy shopping at your local public market while respecting your budget? Do you like to compare prices? The law helps you out by requiring merchants to display the price of the products they sell!

Price must be close to the product  

Merchants in public markets are generally required to display the price of their products individually. However, the merchant is not required to display the price individually on unpackaged food, such as many fresh fruit and vegetables sold at the market. The same rule applies to flowers, plants and trees. 

For these categories of products, the merchant can simply display the price clearly and legibly near the article. The prices can be indicated on a shelf, in a display case, on a price card or at the end of an aisle. 

The lowest price wins  

When prices are displayed individually on each product, you’re entitled to pay the lowest price in case of a pricing error. This could happen, for example, if there is a difference between the price shown on the item and the price advertised in a circular, a newspaper, or a poster.  

Prices not clear? 

If you feel that the display of prices in a public market is unclear, you can discuss this with the merchant. If you are dissatisfied after taking this step, you can file a complaint with the Office de la protection du consommateur (consumer protection bureau) to have the situation corrected. 

Did you know? In case of a pricing error on an item that costs $10 or less, you’re entitled to receive the item for free. If the item costs $10 or more, you’re entitled to receive it at the lower price, less $10.