What would you do?

if grocery stores started charging 5 cents per bag?

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Poll: Grocery stores stariting to charge 5 cents a bag (15 member(s) have cast votes)

If your grocery store started charging 5 cents for a plastic bag you woud?

  1. Just pay for the bags (5 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. Bring my own plastic bags. (2 votes [13.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.33%

  3. Bring earth freindly bags? (3 votes [20.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  4. N/A I already use earth freindly bags (1 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  5. Stop gong to the store and find one that doesen't (3 votes [20.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  6. Use crates or boxes? (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Something other than the above? (1 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

Do you think this 5 cents per bag is a:

  1. Money grab? (10 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. Move to try and reduce plastic going into the landfills? (5 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. Other (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 SixOfEleven  Icon User is offline

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What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:03 AM

Our local grocery store just started charging 5 cents for each plastic bag. Fortunately we bought bins that fit into the shopping cart and are easily loaded into a car.

I have heard that some are going to switch to the other store. Some are going to just keep on going and pay for the bags. Others are buying bins like ones we have.

I think the 5 cent price is more of a money grab but I'm hoping it as a move to keep plastic bags out of land fills. :)

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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:22 AM

Dude. over here we already pay 25 cents per package. and whats more. it has their name on it. so in theory. we pay for their advertising.... jeez.
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:23 AM

We already pay for bags in America. Aldi's. 15 for plastic and 8 for paper.
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:27 AM

I would go to the competition that offer free bags and then bring it to their store.

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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:30 AM

View PostBigAnt, on 10 May, 2009 - 10:27 AM, said:

I would go to the competition that offer free bags and then bring it to their store.

:D


rofl... good thinking.
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:41 AM

I'd buy the recyclable bags they sell and use those...oh wait, I did. All the stores here are moving that way (think you and I are pretty close together sixofeleven). Within the next year, all grocery chains and most of the smaller stores will have implemented this.

Pain in the ass? Sure, but what the hell...gotta move with times, eh? :) Damn treehuggers :)
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:47 AM

View PostAmadeus, on 10 May, 2009 - 12:41 PM, said:

I'd buy the recyclable bags they sell and use those...oh wait, I did. All the stores here are moving that way (think you and I are pretty close together sixofeleven). Within the next year, all grocery chains and most of the smaller stores will have implemented this.

Pain in the ass? Sure, but what the hell...gotta move with times, eh? :) Damn treehuggers :)


HEY! I'm a treehugger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

I see that to be a trend... It is kind of like the governent is putting VAT on groceries but you can opt out of it by bring your own bags
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:57 AM

I think its actually a good thing. Although its not much money, you will still think twice about throwing away the old bags.
In South-Africa 95% of the shops actually sell the bags so we cant get around that.
(and alot of other things) :blink:

But after a while you actually don't even realize you pay for it anymore.

Guess its for a good cause hey? :)
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 12:17 PM

View PostNeoTifa, on 10 May, 2009 - 11:23 AM, said:

We already pay for bags in America. Aldi's. 15 for plastic and 8 for paper.




Who?


F this, I'll go to another store. Or I'll have the help put all of my crap individually back into my cart. I'm not paying for bags explicitly. Now, if the store subliminally raises their margins on a few items to offset the cost of bags then I probably won't notice or care. Hopefully it will be on an item I do not purchase, like lip stick or female deodorant.
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 12:23 PM

It's a poor people store. You've probably never heard of it.

http://www.rogersmas...20pics/Aldi.JPG

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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:18 PM

View PostNeoTifa, on 10 May, 2009 - 12:23 PM, said:

It's a poor people store. You've probably never heard of it.


What does that mean?



I haven't seen an Aldi since I was in Germany. They did charge for the bags though, figured that was a Euro thing.
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:34 PM

Lol. No, they're everywhere in Ohio. Only poor people shop there. I just told my ex's rich mom about it. LOL! She loves it now.
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:47 PM

Lets see... a block of cheese can be anywhere from 4-8 dollars. If I go to the store and want to buy a block of cheese I will say to myself "Lets skip this for now and that will essentially pay for 80 bags minimum which is like enough for an entire year or more.

So skip the cheese and pay the lousy five cents a bag. This is totally a non issue. Now I can see it adding up if they start charging 20+ cents a bag.

Oh and for all you smokers out there, skip a pack one day and there you go, 80 5 cent bags are yours. You do your body some good and you get your bags.

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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:31 PM

but why the heck charge for something that doesn't even cost them a thing to make. i mean if we are recylers then all they do is reuse those bags over and over again. even if it's not like that why charge for something so small. i know the economy sucks right now, but let's be resonable here...
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Re: What would you do?

Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:35 PM

What makes you think it doesn't cost them anything? Store do have to buy plastic bags to use you know. Mind you it is extremely cheap for them. I think it costs them a few bucks per 1000 bags I believe. Usually they just past that cost, along with any others they have to operate the business, onto the customer in marking up their grocery products.

So if you really want to get angry they are charging you twice. Once in marked up prices for their products and then 5 cents again at the register.

Capitalistic bastards
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