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Old 09-26-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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Supermarkets start bagging self-serve checkouts

Supermarkets start bagging self-serve checkouts - Yahoo! Finance

Do you use them????

I rarely do....

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Old 09-26-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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If I have only a few items, then I use the self-checkout if it also has an immediate open spot.

Otherwise, I use the checkout with a live person on the register and a bagger.

Me prepping the belt, the cashier pulling the stuff through and a bagger finishing. Seems a lot faster on a large load.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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I usually screw something up with the self-serve, and a cashier has to call a manager who has to reenter a password and reset the till in order for me to get checked out. Not worth it IMHO.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:08 PM   #4
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I didn't follow the link (I rarely do), but I have never used the self-serv. If the link had anything to do with ripping them all out, fine by me. I thought the link had something to do with baggers? Maybe I should have clicked on it, but I'll live, lol.

I'm a cash and carry person. I do bag my own groceries if given the opportunity though.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, I don't mind my own bagging. I hate it when the cranberry juice is set on top of the bananas and topped off with the gallon jug of milk.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:25 PM   #6
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I am getting really meticulous about the way I set things on the conveyor to make it easier for them, and I am still amazed sometimes.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:32 PM   #7
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I only use self-serve checkouts if it is a deep discount no-frills type of store.

In a "normal" store I figure I am paying for the service

Besides people need jobs. They took the gas station attendants job and the elevator operators jobs and the milk mans job. Now they are squeezing out the bank teller and the grocery clerks.

It just ain't right I tell ya! Wake up America!
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:36 PM   #8
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I remember elevator operators.
Not necessary, but a nice touch for sure.

How's this for an abstract concept?
Maybe getting rid of elevator operators was the first sign of going digital, or automated.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:40 PM   #9
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Never use them...I usually have to0 much stuff ~~~ When I have small orders and the attendant offers to check me out...I say go for it.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:40 PM   #10
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I remember elevator operators.
Not necessary, but a nice touch for sure.

How's this for an abstract concept?
Maybe getting rid of elevator operators was the first sign of going digital, or automated.

I really missed the elevator operators because they were the unofficial information center in most stores and office buildings.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:54 PM   #11
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I was at first apprehensive about using those self serve checkouts at Home Depot so I didn't use one for the first couple of years after they put them up. But one day the lines were so long and I just had a couple of items so I took a deep breath and built up my courage that moment and used the self serve. I became a convert at that moment. I was happy. That was several years ago.

I went through the same thing with the supermarket self serve checkouts recently. I was afraid I was gonna screw up on items that needed to be weighed so I never used them. I also thought that it might miss my club discounts.
Then one day I felt this burst of courage come about me again, used the self serve counter for the first time, and converted. I was happy. This was just a couple weeks ago. I will use it again.
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:06 PM   #12
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When they first came out, I wanted to use them. The first few times I tried to use them, they couldn't manage to complete the transactions and some disembodied voice told me to put everything back and start over. FAT CHANCE! Someone comes to help right away, but by that time I'm really annoyed.

Now they're much better and there is hardly ever a problem. I don't mind them.

That said, our supermarket doesn't have them but I use them at Costco, Lowes/Home Depot, etc.
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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I didn't even know they used those debit things at Lowe's and HD. Shows how much I shop there I guess.
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If I use the self serve checkout, I can't hit on the cashier!
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i rarely shop in a store. i do everything on line. but if i am in a store, i avoid them. to many chances for a mistake.
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If I use the self serve checkout, I can't hit on the cashier!
Around here, all the cute ones work at Trader Joe's. I like shopping at TJ's.
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:57 PM   #17
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I'm with uncle bob. I usually have too much for it to be worth chancing getting to the end and screwing up. When we were on the road I used them a few times, when I only had a few items, and never had a problem. But I can just picture getting to my 25th item and having to start over (sort of like when you telephone a company, plug in what seems like a half-hour's worth of answers (Phone #, address, pin, name, mother's maiden name, account #), the get put on hold to wait for a human, and get cut off halfway through the second repeat of muse-ack interspersed with recordings.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:30 PM   #18
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I don't use self-checkouts because they have replaced humans. With the high unemployment rates in North America, it is my way of helping justify the clerk's position. I'll wait in line. That person needs to eat, etc., just as much as I do. I can spend some time waiting in line.I saw a segment on the news last night, self-checkouts are being phased out because of the changes in bar codes (new software needed), and because of the high percentage of errors that occur that require a clerk to resolve.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:40 PM   #19
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If I only have a handful of items, then yes. I have no problem with them whatsoever.

Speaking of which, this is one of my pet peeves: people who go through the self-serve lane with 150 items in their cart (even though it almost always says "15 items or less." At least in the stores where I shop.)
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:11 PM   #20
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We only have couple of stores that bag your groccery to begin with. Personally I do not mind self-check out.
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