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Do you agree with paying $.05 for grocery bags?

  1. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 6 years ago

    Do you agree with paying $.05 for grocery bags?

    are you ok with having to pay for plastic bags when you shop or is it unfair?

  2. Millionaire Tips profile image91
    Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years ago

    You wind up paying for them anyway since they would be absorbed into the price. 

    I think it is a great way to get customers to save. If you don't want to pay, simply bring your own bags into the store.

    Another way they could have done it is to get a five cent discount for each bag they bring into the store that gets used.

  3. Mercia Collins profile image70
    Mercia Collinsposted 6 years ago

    do not know why there's such a fuss about paying for grocery bags. In France, shops must charge for grocery bags, people take their own reusable or green shopping bags to the supermarket or shop. It has been like that here for nearly ten years.

    Shops providing grocery bags is anyway a new phenomenon. Not so long ago everyone took their own bags, when they went shopping.

  4. ElderYoungMan profile image78
    ElderYoungManposted 6 years ago

    Sure.  I re-use cloth bags anyway.  How companies normally do things like this is that they factor the cost of bags into the price that you pay for butter and milk...So it was never really "Free" anyway.

  5. Daisy Mariposa profile image88
    Daisy Mariposaposted 6 years ago

    We've been paying all along for the grocery bags. The stores have been paying for the bags and have been passing the cost on to us.

    I've seen a new trend:

    In one grocery chain in the area in which I live in California, the store pays you $.05 for each reusable grocery bag you bring to the store to be used for your purchases. They take the money off your grocery bill.

    Another grocery chain enters your name in a monthly drawing to win a $25 gift card to be used in their store if you bring your own reusable bags.

  6. Benoitsmidget profile image60
    Benoitsmidgetposted 6 years ago

    NO WAY! Living in the state of MA, I firmly believe that the cost of my groceries alone should more than cover the cost of my bag! On the other hand, I do usually like to bring my own so I'm not wasteful. But on any given day if I forget my reusable bags or stop in the market unexpectedly, I sure shouldn't have to shell out more than they are already over charging me!

  7. Ramsa1 profile image61
    Ramsa1posted 6 years ago

    No, we should not have to pay for plastic grocery bags. This started because some people started to complain about how many millions of years it took for these bags to degrade. These plastic bags were somehow a huge problem for the environment.

    For the sake of political correctness, the major food chains jumped on board. It is just utter foolishness. The earth and the universe will not be destroyed by free plastic grocery bags. Man-"kind"? has many other much more efficient ways to do the job, e.g., nuclear bombs.

    End of rant.

  8. onegoodwoman profile image76
    onegoodwomanposted 6 years ago

    In a prior time, I was a retail manager......those cheap filmsy plastic bags are less than a penny............as I recall, 5 for a penny.

    Charging the customer for a bag to carry their purchases in is silly.   If you want to encourage recycling and enviromental awareness, offer a small discount for those who reuse any style of bag.

    But then,again, after I walk around your store, shop , compare, and decide to purchase, I think the LEAST you can do, is to provide me with a courteous cashier, who can make correct change..............No self-checkouts for me!

  9. ttagpine profile image81
    ttagpineposted 6 years ago

    I would agree to a return for deposit fee.
    I don't believe in reusing bags because of the probability of bacterial contamination. New plastic bags are basically sterile.
    A return for deposit fee to recycle these bags would give them value and would keep thousands of tons of them out of landfills.

  10. capricornrising profile image60
    capricornrisingposted 6 years ago

    I've yet to see this implemented by any of the stores in my area. But maybe this will encourage us all to start using re-usable shopping bags and reduce our carbon footprint. I'm all for anything that encourages that!

  11. athena2011 profile image57
    athena2011posted 6 years ago

    Definitely not. I try to remember as much as I can to bring my reusable shopping bags, however, if I happen to forget them then the store I shop at should cover the cost of the bags in the price of their goods.

  12. Joan King profile image71
    Joan Kingposted 6 years ago

    I don't pay 5 cents for grocery bags even though most retailers in Canada charge it. I take my own reuseable bags. If I forget to bring a bag I purchase a reuseable one.  I do not agree with paying for a grocery bag when I know the money goes into the pockets of the store owner. However, some stores donate the money to a charitable cause and in that case, I won't mind paying for a bag if I don't have my own. Generally it is a cash grab even though the store would like to say they are encouraging you to go green. If they are, why isn't the money going to a green cause? The lesson, however, is that we should all become more environmentally concious by reducing our use of plastic bags that clog up our landfills.

  13. rajan jolly profile image89
    rajan jollyposted 6 years ago

    Charging for a grocery bag has become a norm and is all the more necessay in present times when we are dealing with the big issue environmental pollution caused due to use of plastic bags. These bags are not bio degradable, create a lot of litter which kill animals that happen to ingest them. moreover petroleum is needed to produce them.
    This problem is very evident in the developing countries where one can see plastic bags littered all over in the trash.
    Charging for the grocery bags will encourage many people to either carry a bag from home or to do without it for small purchases.

  14. JBBlack profile image60
    JBBlackposted 6 years ago

    I resist the idea, soley on the notion that it will be a cost saving measure for the grocery chains.  Instead of punishing people for not bringing their own bags, you are making bags free for the grocery stores.  I save all my plastic bags and recycle them in the bins the grocery stores provide.

  15. sgbrown profile image96
    sgbrownposted 6 years ago

    I think it is ridiculous to pay for plastic grocery bags.  I personally don't think we should be using plastic anyway. They price of groceries has gone up so much, recently, it's crazy to charge for those horrible plastic  bags.