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Canadian Tire overcharging eco fee

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  • Jul 18th, 2010 9:41 pm
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Sounds to me Canadian Tire really screwed up on the eco fee implementation (more than any other retailer). I am refusing to shop there until things get sorted out. And, even then, I will probably shop there less than I normally would....
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[QUOTE]“Eco fees were not intended to generate profit"[/QUOTE]

Interesting, I can understand when they charge it for motor oil or even paint where there is something left for recycling. But for laundry detergent or even bleach which is consumed 100% and bottle or jug is recycled with other recyclables - that I cannot understand.
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I just bought a can of spray paint from CT and there was a $.10 eco charge on the receipt.
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I was charged 28 cents for some AA batteries. :cry:
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As a general rule, I've been watching the subtotal on the cash registers ever since July 1. I'll then confirm with the cashier to see the total to confirm if any eco fees are charged. If there's even one cent in eco fees charged, I'll tell the cashier to cancel it and then just leave the store with the stuff all there. I've done this three times already. Really holds up everything like the line. Follow my lead folks. Do this enough times and the stores will eventually eat the fee. Their own lobbyists runs Stewardship Ontario anyway.
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What I find interesting is that retailers NEVER seem to undercharge. When an 'error' :rolleyes: is made it's always in their favour.
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I wonder if you could SCOP this? :D
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robster77 wrote:
Jul 15th, 2010 4:13 pm
As a general rule, I've been watching the subtotal on the cash registers ever since July 1. I'll then confirm with the cashier to see the total to confirm if any eco fees are charged. If there's even one cent in eco fees charged, I'll tell the cashier to cancel it and then just leave the store with the stuff all there. I've done this three times already. Really holds up everything like the line. Follow my lead folks. Do this enough times and the stores will eventually eat the fee. Their own lobbyists runs Stewardship Ontario anyway.
I don't think the cashier will cahge much and I don't think the message you are trying to send will go much beyond the break room.

So is it just Can Tire and Home Depot doing it?
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veryboredguy wrote:
Jul 15th, 2010 7:16 pm
So is it just Can Tire and Home Depot doing it?
I saw a sign posted next to cash registers at rona.
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veryboredguy wrote:
Jul 15th, 2010 7:16 pm
I don't think the cashier will cahge much and I don't think the message you are trying to send will go much beyond the break room.

So is it just Can Tire and Home Depot doing it?
No, cashiers won't care but the store managers will when they see backed up lines and angry customers.
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robster77 wrote:
Jul 15th, 2010 10:08 pm
No, cashiers won't care but the store managers will when they see backed up lines and angry customers.
If it happens a lot it will make a difference. I'm going to keep a copy of the price list. If it's more than the price on the list I'm causing a scene.
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robster77 wrote:
Jul 15th, 2010 4:13 pm
As a general rule, I've been watching the subtotal on the cash registers ever since July 1. I'll then confirm with the cashier to see the total to confirm if any eco fees are charged. If there's even one cent in eco fees charged, I'll tell the cashier to cancel it and then just leave the store with the stuff all there. I've done this three times already. Really holds up everything like the line. Follow my lead folks. Do this enough times and the stores will eventually eat the fee. Their own lobbyists runs Stewardship Ontario anyway.
No they won't. The eco tax just get buried in the price and none will be the wiser. That is what SO wants them to do in the first place. This way they can charge whatever they want.

Costco, when I still have the membership, put up visible signs said it is fighting the gov't pressure to include the electronic recycling fee in its sell price.

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