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Hand scanners ease shopping at local supermarkets

There are 49 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 2, 2009, titled Hand scanners ease shopping at local supermarkets. In it, Newsday reports that:

Shopping with two young girls in tow, Laura Brandes has taken to carrying a scanning gun as she travels the aisles of the recently opened Stop & Shop in Hampton Bays.

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Free Food

Mamaroneck, NY

#1 Jun 2, 2009
Ummmm... how much does the 'honor system' play with this program? Can't a person just bag items and not scan? Anybody know how the stores protect themselves? Seem like a good idea, but maybe too good for the not so honest.
Someone

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jun 2, 2009
There are random audits that you agree to when you first scan your card for a scanner. I don't know how random they are, though.
shopper

Old Bridge, NJ

#3 Jun 3, 2009
I have been using these for months in the glen cove store , and they are great. Shopping is much faster. You can also check price accuracy when you scan, making sure you've gotten your sale price. you can make faster deli purchases and pack your groceries in an organized fashion. It is all linked to your card, with your name, and it holds your history. I've never been checked, but my daughter states she knows someone that was.
Road Warrior

Chicago, IL

#4 Jun 3, 2009
Hand scanners are great and make shopping easier, but the cost of the scanner is shifted to the consumer. They'll say it not true, but just check it out for yourself. The difference between the two is about $20 per hundred dollars spent.
Long Island Taxpayer

Jersey City, NJ

#6 Jun 3, 2009
Free Food wrote:
Ummmm... how much does the 'honor system' play with this program? Can't a person just bag items and not scan? Anybody know how the stores protect themselves? Seem like a good idea, but maybe too good for the not so honest.
The system is pretty much and honor system. But the stores do random checks of customers and verify what was scanned agrees with what is being taken out of the store.

I wish Stop and Shop had the hand held scanners in their Bellmore Store. I usually do my own scanning the same why the cashiers do and even this system can be cheated if you have a mind to. My only problem with the scanning at the end is that their too many people that are clueless on how to use the system and hold up the line. You would think it was rocket science the way these people react.
Cyril

Hicksville, NY

#7 Jun 3, 2009
Pretty soon there won't be any employees at these stores.
Who will be able to buy things if they don't have jobs.
Remember that everytime you use the self check out or these scanners, there will be less need to have a human prescence.
So remember that these "improvements" will be at the cost of jobs
Jay W

Chelmsford, MA

#8 Jun 3, 2009
How much time do you really save? 5 minutes?

And the extra time it takes for you to get the scanner, scan the product, bag the product and play around with the scanner, how much time did you really save?

5 minutes is worth costing 2-3 people per store a job? And what will you do with all this extra time? Go home and watch reality tv?
Long Island Taxpayer

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Jun 3, 2009
Cyril wrote:
Pretty soon there won't be any employees at these stores.
Who will be able to buy things if they don't have jobs.
Remember that everytime you use the self check out or these scanners, there will be less need to have a human prescence.
So remember that these "improvements" will be at the cost of jobs
Most supermarkets have trouble getting sufficient help. There are always signs up to fill open jobs. When I was a teenager there were more applicants than jobs, now it's the other way around. Just about any high school student or college student can get a job working in a supermarket. In today's age students get down right choosing about what jobs they will work. Back in the late 60's and early 70's you were glad to have any job.
Cyril

Hicksville, NY

#10 Jun 3, 2009
Long Island Taxpayer wrote:
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Most supermarkets have trouble getting sufficient help. There are always signs up to fill open jobs. When I was a teenager there were more applicants than jobs, now it's the other way around. Just about any high school student or college student can get a job working in a supermarket. In today's age students get down right choosing about what jobs they will work. Back in the late 60's and early 70's you were glad to have any job.
Yes, you are correct. I work in hotels and it is difficult to find good people to fill positions. The kids today have choices
And yes I remember the '70's. If you were the boss's son, you were able to et an interview
Someone

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Jun 3, 2009
Jay W wrote:
5 minutes is worth costing 2-3 people per store a job? And what will you do with all this extra time? Go home and watch reality tv?
If you saw some of the knuckle-draggers they employ, you'd wish that some of them got fired too. Particularly the idiot teenagers texting while talking to their friend, ignoring you.
brian

Watertown, CT

#12 Jun 3, 2009
Cost savings for the supermarket. How about cost savings for the customer??? Prices have risen and portions are smaller. Everybody saves but you the customer. Suckers
Pat from Babylon

Washington, DC

#13 Jun 3, 2009
I usually bag my own groceries anyway, so how much time does this save? I used the self-checkout once and most of my coupons weren't accepted - I did not like having a snotty teenager tell me that I wasn't doing it right. Who needs to be followed around the supermarket anyway?
Long Island Taxpayer

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Jun 3, 2009
brian wrote:
Cost savings for the supermarket. How about cost savings for the customer??? Prices have risen and portions are smaller. Everybody saves but you the customer. Suckers
You want to save money but whats on sale and stock up when it is on sale and use coupons. I am usually good for close to $10 in coupons each week. The customers behind me must hate me while each coupon is scanned. The clerks know me so well they don't even check to see if I purchased the items when the coupon doesn't scan since I always can dig out the item out of the bag as proof.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

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#16 Jun 3, 2009
How much more lazy can people get?
Self service economy

Port Washington, NY

#17 Jun 3, 2009
Just another manifestation of the self-service economy.
Jim

New York, NY

#18 Jun 3, 2009
Cyril wrote:
Pretty soon there won't be any employees at these stores.
Who will be able to buy things if they don't have jobs.
Remember that everytime you use the self check out or these scanners, there will be less need to have a human prescence.
So remember that these "improvements" will be at the cost of jobs
These minimum wage jobs are the types of jobs that you want to protect? Believe me, the people employed in these positions don't care if their job stays or goes. There are bigger battles to fight.
Jim

New York, NY

#19 Jun 3, 2009
Jay W wrote:
How much time do you really save? 5 minutes?
And the extra time it takes for you to get the scanner, scan the product, bag the product and play around with the scanner, how much time did you really save?
5 minutes is worth costing 2-3 people per store a job? And what will you do with all this extra time? Go home and watch reality tv?
You're right, let's stand in the way of progress. Our society doesn't need new innovations and technology. The old technology is just fine...forever.
Cyril

Hicksville, NY

#20 Jun 3, 2009
Jim wrote:
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These minimum wage jobs are the types of jobs that you want to protect? Believe me, the people employed in these positions don't care if their job stays or goes. There are bigger battles to fight.
I'm whipping myself w/a wet noodle.
You are correct
Money saving Momma

New York, NY

#21 Jun 3, 2009
I won't use the scanner even if it saves me time or money. It is saving the store money by taking away jobs & hours from the employees. Also if it downloads at the register how can you use coupons that you might have for the items your buying? NO way am I going to use this item. I hope King Kullen doesn't decide to use the scanners. I shop less at Stop & shop since they got the scanners.
Shanaynay

Oyster Bay, NY

#22 Jun 3, 2009
I think the technology is cool, but the potential for theft has increased so much because of these devices, which of course will result in price increases.

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