NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Jan. 12 that auto parts retailer Pep Boys will pay $80,000 and change its business practices after allegations of price violations and deceptive business practices.

“Retail shopping shouldn’t be a guessing game with consumers forced to wait until an item is scanned at the register to find out how much it costs,” Porrino said. “We’re pleased that Pep Boys has agreed to comply with the law by providing New Jersey consumers with the accurate pricing information they need to comparison shop and make informed decision on how to spend their money.”

According to Porrino’s office, more than 40 Pep Boys retail locations in New Jersey sold merchandise that showed one price at product display and then rang up for a second, higher price at checkout.

“The internal oversights Pep Boys has agreed to implement will help ensure the accuracy of Pep Boys’ price posting and checkout scanning,” said Sharon M. Joyce, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “The division will continue to monitor New Jersey’s retail shopping industry to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices.”

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