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Self Checkout: You're not saving any money, you're just making the stores more rich

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Self Checkout: You're not saving any money, you're just making the stores more rich

So a lot of retail stores now have self checkouts, the real reason behind it is NOT convenience, its to cut employee hours and have "some" of their jobs replaced by automation. The real winner here is the store owners, they dont have to pay wages, benefits, unions, etc. Actually not just the robots, but we as consumers are doing the cashier's job too by picking up the items, scanning them and placing them in the bag, but we're not getting paid to do their job so atleast give us some discount, no?
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No one is forcing you to use self checkout. And the machines are manufactured and assembled by people too. Software and regular maintenance is on top of it. Yes, in the end the store will save way more money than having cashiers but remember it is a business and they are in to make money (lots of money).
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I'm also not paid to know or learn the produce codes. But by sheer coincidence the ONE code I do know is usually the cheapest by weight in a given store.
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GoodFellaz wrote:
Aug 1st, 2018 12:08 pm
So a lot of retail stores now have self checkouts, the real reason behind it is NOT convenience, its to cut employee hours and have "some" of their jobs replaced by automation. The real winner here is the store owners, they dont have to pay wages, benefits, unions, etc. Actually not just the robots, but we as consumers are doing the cashier's job too by picking up the items, scanning them and placing them in the bag, but we're not getting paid to do their job so atleast give us some discount, no?
Well maybe the price won't increase for products then ... which would be a saving.
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pootza wrote:
Aug 1st, 2018 1:02 pm
Well maybe the price won't increase for products then ... which would be a saving.
Thats highly unlikely
Here's another question for you, can I put "Cashier Experience" on my resume now that I do almost the same job as the cashier at Loblaws? the only difference is I do not take the money out of the register and give it to the office clerk to deposit in the safe, and I do not get a pay check,. but other than that its virtually the same job as them
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The Walmart Self-check out lanes are a lesson in bad UX. For god sake, having a sign that says you are being recorded in RED is not customer friendly. If folks are going to steal, they will steal either way.
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bunmin wrote:
Aug 1st, 2018 12:38 pm
I'm also not paid to know or learn the produce codes. But by sheer coincidence the ONE code I do know is usually the cheapest by weight in a given store.
I'm sure if they did a study, stores would be shocked by the almost negligible amount of organic produce being purchased via the self checkouts.
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I really do not like the way cashiers handle my groceries. I'd rather self checkout myself.
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I can get through self-checkout much more quickly than a regular checkout. That's a savings of my time so that counts for something.

Only thing I don't like is I can't self-checkout beer. I guess that's to keep the underagers from sneaking out with purchases.
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Didn't people say the same thing about Banks and ATM machines when they first came out?
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I much prefer self checkout, I just hate when they randomly stop and call for the attendant for no reason
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bunmin wrote:
Aug 1st, 2018 12:38 pm
I'm also not paid to know or learn the produce codes. But by sheer coincidence the ONE code I do know is usually the cheapest by weight in a given store.
How does it feel to know you are a thief? No need to answer, as it's only a rhetorical question.
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wamwam wrote:
Aug 1st, 2018 12:38 pm
No one is forcing you to use self checkout. And the machines are manufactured and assembled by people too. Software and regular maintenance is on top of it. Yes, in the end the store will save way more money than having cashiers but remember it is a business and they are in to make money (lots of money).
Exactly. The Kathleen Wynne minimum wage increase was a brilliant stimulus plan... For the automation industry! 🤣
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wamwam wrote:
Aug 1st, 2018 12:38 pm
(...) And the machines are manufactured and assembled by people too. Software and (...)
... in the USA.
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I find the self check out is so much faster especially with a few items because there's usually like 8 of them and only 1 express till with a cashier. You also don't have to use them but it's good to have a choice.

At places like the movie theater I literally haven't gone to the cashier in years. The lineup for the cashier is always so much slower than the screens.

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