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Oklahoma Law Forbids Black Friday Doorbuster Deals
Black Friday means big savings for bargain shoppers. But if you live in Oklahoma those deals are
not as good as you might think. In fact,
Oklahoma shoppers are forced to pay sometimes hundreds of dollars more per item
than shoppers in others states.
It’s because of a law on the books that was written in
1949 called the Unfair Sales Act. The
act says stores can’t sell products below what it costs them to buy it. The law says the true cost of an item includes
a six-percent markup by retailers.
This is the first year all of Oklahoma will be operating
with the benefit of an opinion by the Oklahoma Attorney General on this
law. Last year, following Black Friday
sales, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says it does apply to one-time events like
Black Friday or Back-to-School sales.
Economics professor Dr. Jonathan Willner says Black
Friday sales are not intended to make money by selling specific items, but
rather the sales entice shoppers into the store in hopes they will by other
items. He says the law limits the
ability of companies to market to consumers and while it was designed to help
small businesses, it could end up hurting them more.
The law could force more people to shop online to find
the best deals, which could mean Oklahoma could lose out on sales taxes. Dr. Willner says collecting sales tax on
internet purchases is still difficult for the state. The tax commission says if you buy online you
are supposed to include those purchases in the “use-tax” portion of your tax
Though ultimately, the potential to save hundreds of
dollars could force many shoppers to neighboring states that allow the deep
Posted: Friday, November 16 2012, 09:39 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Pace slows in testing after Tulsa health scare
May 24, 2013 12:51 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.
So far, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV, but there is no indication the diseases spread at the clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.
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