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As a gadget person, I feel that I SHOULD love these things, but they just end up frustrating me. It is seriously slower than a real person behind a till. I also don't like the idea of doing it myself... Its like the Queen cooking her own lunch. I just don't like scanning my own items.

I know there will be many different views on this, so please don't offend me. I'm just interested.

asked May 03 '11 at 19:48

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Grant Russell

Loved the idea of it when it first came to local supermarkets!

Yet not really too sure if it saved that much time....

Then one day was doing shopping with mom, got to check out to pay and were told we had been randomly selected for a "bag check" ie to make sure we didn't forget to scan anything!! had to take everything out and check it with 2 men!

such a waste of staff resources! but thats another topic....

well have been shopping at this supermarket for about 10 years and mom was furious as we were rushing to finish shopping in order to pick up little brother from school!

needless to say the balance was perfect, simply got a thanks have a nice day!

answered May 03 '11 at 19:57

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I sometimes use self-checkouts at Wal-Mart. I'm mixed on these things...

They are nice, because they usually don't have a long line. They're also useful for checking out embarrassing products that I don't want the clerk to see me buying.

On the other hand, there are some bar codes that are really hard to scan, and I have to keep swiping the item at different angles before the scanner will take it. Self-checkouts are really not good for buying alcohol, since it would stop until an employee comes to check my ID. The biggest pet-peeve I have with these things, however, happens to me at least once almost every time I use one of these things: the sensor does not always notice that I put something in the bag, and it gives me a screen saying "item removed from bagging area," then I have to push the button saying I don't want to bag the item before I can scan anything else.

The one thing I never figured out: why is it that at Wal-Mart, there are only one or two self-checkouts open at any given time, even though there are quite a few in the store? I thought the point of these things was that more could be open, since they don't have to have a clerk staffing them. Go figure...

answered May 03 '11 at 21:39

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edited May 03 '11 at 21:43

Never had a problem with them. Im usually faster than the clerk at scanning, so i prefer it

answered May 03 '11 at 21:52

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Unless they give me a discount for saving them money and doing someone's job, they are worthless. Since that will never happen, I am not supporting taking people's jobs away.

answered May 04 '11 at 11:44

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i have never used the one in the supermarket but i have used it at my local home depot. good for only a few small items but not for a full shopping cart i think.

answered May 06 '11 at 12:31

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