I have personally seen employees mark up clearance items with a handheld scanner, but this was back in 2000 or 2001 or somewhere around that time period. Something could have changed since then and again, this was just for clearance items, not regular ones and I only saw it in the toy department. I am sure you have to be department manager or a higher up to be able to do this. However I doubt Kmart ever bothered to upgrade their POS system's since the 1980's based on how the store operates (they still use manual override sheets at the registers that the employees have to feed into the registers).
Has anyone else been here long enough to remember a toy clearance markup in the fall before the holiday season I believe it was right before the 2001 holiday season? They had toys like original tamagotchi's for 1.50 and then they marked them up to $10-11 each. That is just one specific example. I really wish I would have brought home more of those Tamagotchi. I made a small fortune on them on ebay selling them years later however I could have definitely bought more for the $1.50 price of each one as I only had about 4-5 and there were tons at the store.
I also have another question, do we have any evidence that Kmart is actually restickering games with value stickers? Or are they getting these value games from another source, already pre-stickered? I know in my store that some of the value stickered games still have their original UPC exposed and no other UPC on the package. However the games ring up the value sticker price. Some of these games are ringing up value sticker price, but other people in this thread report that the games are a lower price at their store. There are also other games with a UPC sticker over the original UPC. So this is another thing that makes me want to think that its possible for Kmart employees to change the price in the system.
When I worked at kmart(left in 05/2012) Most Kmart employees do not have the ability to change price in the RMU(hand held scanner). The option to get into it is locked down to specific employees, and if they try to change it it will go to the Store Manager for approval, and then I believe the Regional Manager then has to sign off on it, but can take effect after Store Manager approved. There was also a list of price change requests every day printed out and any non-approved or change attempt for no reason were disciplined if needed.
The ones with the abilities to enter a new price in the RMU are department leads, but like I said have to be approved higher up after change attempt and will not take effect immediately. This is also why when there is a error with items in the AD not scanning correct price that it has to be manually overridden each time normally for atleast the rest of that day until they get proper approval to change.
The clearance items were often not marked and if they were it was just a change in the small stick that showed price, unless they were on the need to go clearance price. The electronics employees receive a print out of new prices and the date they take effect, they do not change the price themselves but Corporate would set it up to be uniform across atleast the region.
The kmart I worked at did not have manual override sheet, they had a simiple popup that required supervisor to come over enter a code, and it was overridden and sped up the process alot the two years i worked there.
Most employees had no idea how to do anything on the RMU that wasn't scanning prices, or location scanning, which was the only things ever taught on them, if anything was trained.
Meaning you shouldn't be worried about employee price fixing