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Shopper Photographs Apparent 'Clearance Conspiracy' At Walmart

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 23/03/2016 Hilary Hanson

A Reddit user recently uploaded a series of photos that suggest there was something a little fishy going on at his local Walmart’s "clearance" section.

The photos posted online last week show items marked with price stickers that are significantly higher than price stickers that are visible underneath. For example, a flashlight on clearance is marked with a $10.97 price sticker, but peeling the sticker away revealed that a previous price was $5.99.

The shopper, whose username is SillyPickle, told The Huffington Post in an email that he took the photos on March 17 at a Walmart store in Riverdale, New Jersey. He posted them on Reddit Friday, writing, "I've uncovered a clearance conspiracy at Walmart."

But Walmart denies there's any conspiracy afoot.

“We’re unable to determine if it’s just a pricing error,” a Walmart spokeswoman told HuffPost. She called SillyPickle’s photos “an isolated incident.”

The Reddit user didn’t address the price discrepancy with any Walmart employees, but the spokeswoman said that if he did, he would have only had to pay the lower price.

In 2014, clothing retailer JC Penney came under fire after a former employee told the media that the company would drastically hike up prices before a “sale,” thus giving the false impression to consumers that they were saving money.

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