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Re-Coding Wal-Mart

December 31st, 2004 | Filed under: Design, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »


Two couples have been charged in a price-switching scheme that allegedly defrauded Wal-Mart stores in 19 states of $1.5 million over the last decade.

Authorities said the scheme involved using a home computer to produce UPC bar codes for cheaper products and slipping them over the real codes on high-priced items. The suspects then allegedly sold the merchandise, or returned it for refunds or store gift cards that also were sold.

via CBS News

This method originally apeared online a few years ago as a project called Re-Code a website which provided a whole inventory of barcodes to be downloaded, printed on stickers and placed on higher-priced merchandise in Wal-Marts. The site provided well detailed tutorials + videos to help users through entire process. -cw

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