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Wisconsinites warned about overcharges at American TV and Appliance

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State consumer protection officials say American TV and Appliance has been charging more than what their price tags show during their going out of business sale.

The Madison-based company announced last week it was closing its 11 locations in three states after 60 years in business.

Wednesday, state consumer officials said its inspectors did price checks Monday on 325 items throughout American's seven Wisconsin stores -- and it found overcharges by an average of 5.5 percent.

A Madison store had seven overcharges -- and when an inspector paid a second visit Tuesday, all the cash register mistakes were corrected.

One store in Appleton was reported to overcharge a major item by up to $314 above the sticker price. Waukesha was the only Wisconsin store where overcharges were not discovered.

State officials advised shoppers to take the price tags from the items they want to buy, and make sure the cash register rings up the same prices.

State law requires stores to charge the lowest advertised prices -- and when customers are overcharged, they're entitled to refunds.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)