Here’s the deal: As of the end of June, clothing brands such as Gap and Target had listed clothing at retail prices of $1.35 to $1 .5, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
They sold them for about $1 to $2, or about $500 to $700 per item.
At Target, the prices ranged from $4.95 to $9.99, according the BLS.
At the Gap, they ranged from about $3.99 to $5.99.
At Gap, some of the apparel was going for $5, $8 and $10, while others were going for a few hundred bucks, according a BLS official.
At some of Target’s stores, there were a lot of shirts, and a lot more were selling for $1 or less.
Gap has a policy of not showing prices on clothing, and Target said it was taking the issue seriously.
It has a similar policy for shoes, which it also prohibits showing on its site.
But at Target, there are many more shirts and shoes than at Gap.
Gap and other retailers are selling clothing online at about $2 to $3 per item, the official said.
A Gap spokeswoman said in an e-mail that it was “totally transparent” about its policies on the sale of its clothing, which is often advertised online.
But it is not always transparent, the spokeswoman said.
“Our goal is to make sure that all our customers can see the value in the merchandise they are purchasing,” she wrote.
Target is selling clothing for less than $2 a piece, and it does not tell customers how much the clothing costs, said a Target spokeswoman.
The BLS data is the latest example of the high price tags being sold by online retailers.
The bureau says retailers can charge consumers anywhere from a few cents to more than 10 percent, depending on the type of merchandise.
Some retailers say they don’t want their merchandise to be known by consumers.
“If you are selling online, you don’t need to worry about people finding out,” said Matt Dannemeyer, president of Retail Network, an online retailer in Los Angeles.
The retailers do not have to advertise their prices, and they can also sell the clothes at low prices, he said.
Target and Gap said they would not comment on whether they have a policy against online retailers selling prices on their clothing.
“We do not sell the prices of our clothing online,” a Target spokesman said.
The official said the agency does not use BLS figures to determine the actual prices that retailers are charging consumers, but it does ask retailers to post information about their prices on websites.
Target said in a statement that it is “actively working to update our online pricing and marketing policies to ensure we are not selling clothing at the price of the item.
We also will be monitoring the industry to ensure that consumers are receiving the most value for their money.”
Gap and others said they were not aware of any policy prohibiting online retailers from selling their prices.
“There are no online retailers that have any sort of policy or regulation prohibiting these prices,” said Kate Pfeffer, a spokeswoman for Gap.
At least one retailer, the Gap Kids brand, said it has no policies about selling its prices online.
At other online retailers, online retailers often advertise their pricing, but many retailers have no policy to prohibit sales of their prices online, said Stephanie Gage, a vice president at Baskin Robbins, a retail firm in New York.
“The industry is growing and we want to be a part of that growth, but we also want to make it as transparent as possible,” she said.
And some online retailers said they have never sold their prices in the U.S. They also said online retailers can offer discounts and free shipping.
The government does not track how many of the companies that have gone out of business have done so online.