Back to School Shopping, Pricey This Year

August 21, 2011 Updated Aug 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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August 21, 2011 Updated Aug 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC)

Retailers are raising the price of merchandise across the board an average of 10 percent. Here's why, the cost of raw materials are up almost 30 percent, and production and labor costs are expected to jump 20 percent.

In order to pass off the higher price tags to shoppers, some merchants are throwing in inexpensive details to items like more stitching, fake button holes and fancy tags.

Another little trick retailers have up their sleeves? Jacking up the price of an item more than needed and offering a "sale" on the higher price.

Land's End raised the price of their girls pants by $7 to $34.20. And Abercrombie and Fitch is charging $10 more for their jeans.

And experts say that shorter and skimpier tops or skirts aren't exactly the new thing this season, just another way to use less and get you to pay more.