Dollar General is a favorite store of many of our readers and bargain shoppers. From every day personal care needs like Bic Razors, Dove soap, Pantene shampoo to snack foods and Coca-Cola – even Huggies Diapers and Pampers Wipes they offer the convenience of stopping in to a small convenience store with competitive prices like big box stores Walmart and Target. But are consumers really getting the bargains they think they’re getting?
Dollar General is paying the price — a big price under the Consumer Protection Act. They have been ordered to pay $1.7 million dollars to the state of Vermont for over 350 violations under the Consumer Protection Act. Over 60% of their footprint in Vermont had a violation.
Dollar General is accused of having lower prices on store shelves on items and the item would ring up higher at the register. Some items had a marginal price surprise at the register — just 2 or 3 cents. Some items were as high as $6 more at the register. Dollar General had over 50 warnings since 2013 and paid $250,000 for past wrongdoing but did not take action to correct the shelf tag mispricing. We will not be surprised if this problem surfaces in many more states. If over 60% of a small state like Vermont’s stores had hundreds of violations, the chances are very good more of this is going on elsewhere.
Vermont will give $100,000 to their state food bank to help provide groceries and essentials to low income families.