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Back to School Sweep Results





More than 20 percent of stores failed a recent price-check sweep by the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs.

In anticipation of the statewide sales tax holiday the weekend of Aug. 7, the department’s Weights and Measures inspectors performed a sweep to make sure consumers would get the prices stores advertised.

Of the 36 stores where the inspectors performed UPC checks, eight stores -- 22 percent -- failed by ringing up the wrong price on at least one of 25 randomly chosen back-to-school items.

The highest single overcharge occurred at the Kmart at 12601 Rockside Road in Garfield Heights, which rang up school glue advertised for $3.29 at $5.24, a $1.95 overcharge.

The single store with the most errors was the Walmart at 22209 Rockside Road in Bedford Heights, which rang up six of 25 items at the wrong price, giving it only a 76 percent accuracy rate. Four errors favored consumers, two favored the store.

Four Office Max stores failed – more than any other single chain. Those are located at 3462 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights (one error); 21950 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River (one error); 5660 Transportation Blvd., Garfield Heights (five errors); and 4057 Richmond Road, Warrensville (two errors).

Two additional stores that failed were the Walmart Supercenter at 24801 Brookpark Road in North Olmsted (two errors) and Target at 24646 Brookpark Road, North Olmsted (one error).

Stores that failed were required to correct their scanners in an inspector’s presence and will be checked again by Weights and Measures inspectors.

The sweep is a reminder that shoppers should watch closely as their items are scanned at the register.

To pass a price-verification test, a store has to ring up the right price on all 25 items taken to the register. Cuyahoga County Weights and Measures inspectors checked 900 items at 36 stores in their latest back-to-school sweep.

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.