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October 23rd, 2006

A few months ago, generic viagra there I declared war on self-serve checkout machines.

The machines piss me off, discount cialis rx because the retailer saves money by getting us to do the work they used to pay someone to do but they don’t give any of that back in the form of a discount or other savings. (I wonder how long it will be before somone figures out a way to get us to stock their shelves for free, sales too.)

I still hate the freaking things, but at least I feel better knowing that the retailers who use them are selling 45% less impulse items like gum, candy, and People Magazine.

I like seeing retailers get screwed while they’re busy trying to screw the rest of us.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fuzz Martin  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 11:00 am

    I like them because they are convenient and you can be your own incompetent cashier instead of using the incompetent cashier that they would normally supply for you.

  • 2. Administrator  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Spoken like a man who has never been behind a 75-year-old woman trying to use one. ;)

  • 3. Fuzz Martin  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    There are normally at least four of those at a store -> so I always look for the ones that are elderly-less.

  • 4. Clint  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    I hate them too. Lowes in Franklin will only have the self serve and MAYBE one regular checkout open during the week. So it is one more reason why I just don’t shop Lowes.

  • 5. TC  |  October 24th, 2006 at 3:29 am

    Would this include self-serve gas stations?

    Aren’t warehouse clubs (I’ve only been to Sam’s), while maybe not getting us to stock the shlves, present us with essentially unstocked shelves and taken us directly to the warehouse so they can avoid stocking shelves? One might argue that they give us a discount for this, but we would still be halfway to your “next thing.”

  • 6. Fuzz Martin  |  October 24th, 2006 at 5:10 am

    I love capitalism.

  • 7. Clint  |  October 24th, 2006 at 7:36 am

    But self-serve gas stations already cost significantly less then full service and Sam’s or Pick ‘n Save or other Warehouse style stores cost less. At places like Lowes that have the self-serve check outs we don’t get an extra 5% off for using those self serve checkouts. If they want me to use those checkouts, charge me 3-5% less for my purchase for NOT using an employee to check out my purchases.

  • 8. Administrator  |  October 24th, 2006 at 8:26 am

    What Clint said.

  • 9. Administrator  |  October 24th, 2006 at 8:30 am

    One of the reasons I hate these things so much is because of ATMs.

    When ATMs first came out they were free to use.

    Banks LOVED them because they were able to fire huge numbers of tellers and save an incredible amount of money (even with the costs of the ATMs).

    Within 10 years banks started charging us for the “privilege” of accessing our own money through an ATM (even though ATMs SAVED them money).

    The charge to access your money is huge. If you took $10 out at an ATM that has a $2 fee you’re paying 20% to access your own money.

    Is it a bank’s “right” to do this in a capitalist society? Sure it is? Can I resent them for it? Hell, yes.

  • 10. TC  |  October 25th, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    I know of several places in Ohio that will pump your gas for you and they charge the same as other gas stations. I’m not sure how widespread that brand is. Often they’re a penny less.

    Guess where I go for gas when I visit my in-laws.

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