iPennyPinch.com Coupons

Scanning code of Practice/Conduct

Most major retail stores use the scanning code of practice/conduct.

Basically if the shelf price is lower then the scanned price (scanned price is higher) you either get that item free or $10 off if more then $10.

I have saved so much money by doing this! You have to request the scanning code of conduct when you notice this. Majyority of stores will just give you the lower price unless you request the scanning code of conduct.

Also note more store have a sticker somewhere near the cash so keep your eye out for it.

I will post a list of store that I know use this along with where you can find more information on this!

But this is a great way to save money I have saved over $200 last year by using this

Here is some more information about the scanning code of practice i have found from the comepetiton bureau  link is below

The purpose of the Code is to:
•Visibly demonstrate retailer commitment to scanner price accuracy;
•Provide retailers with a consistent national framework for dealing with scanner price accuracy issues; and
•Provide the retail industry with a mechanism for consumer redress in scanner price accuracy cases, to be managed by a Scanner Price Accuracy Committee.

Key Features of the Code

If the scanned price of a non-price ticketed item is higher than the shelf price or any other displayed price, the customer is entitled to receive the item free, up to a $10 maximum. When the item has a price tagged, the lowest price applies. When identical items are incorrectly priced, the second one will be sold at the correct price.

What does the Code cover?

The Code covers all scanned merchandise at participating retail outlets where this sign is displayed at the store entrance or checkout. You can sometimes find the sticker on cash registar counter or sometimes on the counter shelf where you can put your purse.

If a Code of Practice problem cannot be resolved at the store level, please call 1-866-499-4599 to register your complaint.

What is a non-price ticketed item?

A non-price ticketed item is any bar coded merchandise that does not have a price affixed to the merchandise.

If you are not satisfied with the cashier's decision, you may speak to the store manager or supervisor.

Where can I get more information about the Code?

You may obtain a copy of the Code from the Competition Bureau's web site at http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca.


Here is a list of Canadian stores we know of that use the scanning code of practice policy:


the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS)
Shoppers Drug Mart
The Groupe Jean Coutu (NB and Ont only)
Lawton Drug Stores
London Drugs
Lovell Drugs
Pharma-save (BC and Sask)

the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD)
Canada Safeway Limited
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Canada Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited
Sobeys Inc.
Metro Inc.
Thrifty Foods
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
Co-op Atlantic
Federated Co-operatives Limited

the Retail Council of Canada (RCC)
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
The Home Depot Canada
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
Toys r Us
Shoppers Drug Mart
Wal*Mart Canada Corp.
Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.
The North West Company
Best Buy/Future Shop ( in implementation stage)
2 Home Hardware franchisees

the Federation of Independent Grocers (FIC)
Thrifty Foods
Overwaitea Food Group
The Harry Watson Group
Longos Brothers Fruit Markets

There is also over 1000 independent store locations if you know of any please coment or send us a email to melanie@ipennypinch.com so we can update our list.

Comments (2)


  1. […] (coupons) RC=Rain Check RRRLF=really, really, really looking for SCOP=Scanning Code of Practice ( To find out more & a list of Stores using the Scanning Code of Practice / Conduct Click here) SMP=Specially Market Packages SPC=Student Price Card TMF=Try Me Free WYB / WUB=When you Buy TYPES […]

  2. […] 11.) Watching the price as the cashier scans your items is also very important. Try to make sure you remember the price of the items especially the sale items. If the product scans at the incorrect price you then need to let the cashier know about the mistake and ask for the scanning code of conduct where you can get up to $10.00 in savings. So lets say you have a item that is on sale and said its $4.99 and scanned in at $5.49 you are then allowed to get the first item free because it is under $10.00. I usually save over $500 a year because of the scanning code of conduct. So make sure you are remembering and watching the prices! CLICK HERE to learn more about scanning code of conduct […]

Leave a Reply