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Poll: Do You Go Through The Self-Checkout?

Do You Go Through the Self-Checkout?

Although a recent report found that you can save both cash and calories by going through the self-checkout at the grocery store, some consumers have mixed feelings about scanning your own sundries. On one hand, you can bag everything to your liking, but on the other hand, the automated machines often get stuck on unseen errors. What's your take on them?


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SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
As a past cashier, I rather just do it myself. I still know all the codes and such for fruit, so easy enough.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I almost always use self checkout. I bag my groceries when another person scans them, so I might as well scan them myself.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Self checkout only when I have a few items/no coupon/lines are shorter and preferably no produce. Otherwise I go for the reg. lines because of the coupon issue and the stores I frequent offer money back for using reusable bags off your order which you don't get in the self cheout line unfortunately. It makes a difference...
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
It has been my experience that the machine only gets stuck on "unseen errors" when the person using the machine isn't totally up to speed. Also, I am annoyed by stores which create aisles large enough for carts to be pulled through the self-check. If you can't carry it to the register, you have no business being in the self-check. Watermelons in summertime and turkeys in the winter are the only exceptions.
Bearsy123 Bearsy123 8 years
Yes I use them and I love them. I secretly always wanted to be a checkout chick, I love the scanning, beeping, keying and swiping. Besides, I think I can actually beat the checkout chicks at their own game. I'm pretty good at it.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
If I'm just grabbing a soda or a can of cat food, then yes, I'll use self-checkout. But if I have a basket full of items, I really don't have the time/patience to fumble with that stupid scanner. The one at my local A&P always freezes anyway.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Yes, anything to avoid talking to a cashier.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I love self checkout. I like to bag my own groceries my way, crammed full.
jhig jhig 8 years
I always use self checkout! I usually get upsef if a store does not offer self checkout. My debit card + self checkout = a speedy trip to the grocer.
bvfashion bvfashion 8 years
I'll use self-checkout if I only have a few items. I'll never use it with coupons though, a manager has to come over and approve every single coupon. It takes forever!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I go to them if I only have a few items that don't mess the machines up. For whatever reason, any time I buy bulk coffee beans, the machine makes me get a manager approval. Also, if I have any coupons or a lot of produce, I'd rather go to the regular lane because it seems that it actually goes faster that way.
x3Lorelei x3Lorelei 8 years
I'm a Computer Science major, but when it comes to those things I'm technology deficient... it's kinda embarrassing actually!
muse2323 muse2323 8 years
I don't like it when they cut back on the number of cashiers when they opt for U-Scans, but there are some definite advantages to using the self-scan on occasion.
KMattes KMattes 8 years
We don't have those here.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
If I am buying a lot of groceries, I want them bagged for me because it is a pain to do it on the self-checkout. I also don't use the self-checkout if I am buying alcohol because you have to wait for them to "approve" it or come over and card me and it takes longer than if they are standing right in front of me.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
it's my husband's pet peeve when people with a big cart full of stuff go thru self checkout and I think it's funny that people will go that far in order to avoid interacting with other humans. that said I only use it when I don't have a ton of stuff and there is no line.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Always if available - that way I avoid those super rude checkers.
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 8 years
Those machines take forever!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
The only bad thing is that I have to bag the items myself at the self checkout. So if I have a few things, it's fine. But if I have a lot, I get really frazzled b/c the person behind me in line never waits for me to finish. They just start sending their stuff down the conveyor belt and I'm like, "I'm still here!!"
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
If their is no line , I will use it to get out quicker.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Almost always use the self-checkout.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I will, I voted the second option, but it really depends on my mood. Sometimes I find it a bit awkward.
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