WouldYou Shop At This Kind of Grocery Store?

@NailTech (6890)
United States
August 23, 2012 6:33pm CST
A few or so grocery stores here charge 25 cents to use a shopping cart. You get your money back when you return the cart! Has anyone had this happen? Would you shop at a store that charges for carts? It's not a big issue for me as you don't really pay afterall if you get the money back, right? I'm guessing it is just due to all the carts that get misplaced or otherwise taken even.
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@Paper_Doll (2376)
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
If the grocery story implement that rule then I guess that I don't have a choice but to follow. But in my opinion, it is kind of hassle for me as a customer. If I am in a hurry and was already in the parking lot, I don't think I would still bother to walk back and return the cart. They will have my 25 cents and the store can earn that way. But if they really experienced lost before due to some carts are gone missing, I think that they have the right to implement changes to improve their system.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Right. If you think it's such a bad idea then I guess you wouldn't shop there but I don't see them having any problems with keeping up on their business. If you're in a hurry it might seem to be a problem I suppose.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
24 Aug 12
The main thing would seem to be getting customers to return the carts so as to get their deposit back at the collection point..I've experienced people in a hurry offering their cart to someone who has just arrived to save themselves the walk back..
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Yes I've noticed that too. I guess they just give the person with the cart whose returning it, a quarter then and they're even.
@marianne87 (3526)
24 Aug 12
I live in the UK, and at most supermarkets we have to put a £1 coin in the trolley (cart). This releases it from the other trolleys, and when you return it, you get your money back. It is to prevent people stealing them. There is one supermarket which doesn't do this, but they have a sensor in the car park, and if you try to leave the car park with a trolley, the wheels will lock so you can't.
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@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Yea, that is something very similar to what I'm talking about but not all of them have it. One in particular only does that I go to normally. I don't eve know why anyone would steal one, for what purpose? LOL. But they do it.
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@Orson_Kart (4353)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 12
It's commonplace over here and usually a pound, but like over there we get our money back. Yes it's to deter theft and unless you think you desperately need a kart for a quid it must work. Otherwise you have got a bargain. I've seen quite a few tramps push a kart around with all their worldly good in there. They are strong, mobile and well ventilated, so ideal for a modern-day tramp on the go.
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 12
P.S. I am a kart of a different kind, in case you wondered!
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
LOL I noticed you are a different world of a kart, indeed. I'm glad you also get the money back over there, as well.
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• United Kingdom
24 Aug 12
Glad you noticed, but would you pay 25 cents to push me around?
• United States
28 Aug 12
The only store I've ever known to do that was the sort of place I would not shop. Obviously, it was not in this area. If a store does something like that, it says a lot about the sort of customers that store is attracting. I don't think that I would want to shop at any place that attracts the sort of people who need to pay a deposit to use a shopping cart lest they swipe the thing.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
28 Aug 12
Well, I don't see many undesireables at the stores there, perhaps there might be a few now and then but when I go for the most part everyone seems normal. I don't see any dangers of going there either. If you're used to using high end grocery stores only then they'll probably have them there eventually as well.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug 12
My nearest supermarket requires a one pound coin for a shopper to use a shopping trolley. This annoys me and so I park my car then look around their car park for a free to use shopping trolley. It is inconvenient to look through my handbag in an attempt to find a one pound coin. The shoppers get their one pound coin refunded if they take back the trolley. I always take the free to use trolley back to the bay nearest my car. It is a shame if a supermarket or grocery shop gets any of its trolleys or carts stolen. Sometimes naughty teenager gangs go off with one for a laugh. I am just a sensible shopper.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
28 Aug 12
We don't have shopping trolley things here, I have never seen one. I can understand how inconvenient it is for a shopper to have to sift through their handbag for that coin too. Teenagers are probably the biggest culprits in not bringing them back, maybe at night they go and steal them or put them in odd places.
@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
24 Aug 12
Yes in Ontario one store is like that, at no-frills. Well it probably because they don't there cart to be stolen. So I had fund a bit of a problem when I didn't have $ 0.25 but beside that it is not a big deal there store had good deals and I bought often there it is there way of keeping there cart together beside the store.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Most people do have a quarter on them but if I didn't I would try to remember to keep a few in my car just for this purpose. The good deals in the store is just one reason why people will be coming back to it in the first place so it's nothing that is that big of a deal.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
24 Aug 12
whats the big deal? you get your quarter back after you shop. the store we grocery shop at does this and has been doing this for years. by doing this and charging for plastic bags, they keep the costs down.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
there is no big deal. i was asking a question and am happy those who did respond to it did. we don't have them charging for plastic bags yet, at least though.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Nailteck I have shopped at a grocery store that does charge 25 cents deposit for the cart. The groceries are almost half of the cost at other grocery stores. The Store is called Aldies and it is a German owned grocery store. The quarter deposit is to insure that the carts are returned to the cart corral. This helps keep the expense of having to hire some one to go out into the parking lot and gather up the carts and bring them up to the store corrals. It helps keep the cost of groceries down. Another thing that helps Aldies keep prices down is the way they stalk their shelves. The products are left in the boxes with the fronts cut out for access to the products. I'm for any and every thing that helps keep the grocery bill down. Just sorry that it takes away some one's job.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Do you get the deposit back as well though or do they keep it? Well, it seems the majority of posters have been to one that you get it back and thats just about the norm nowadays apparently. I have wondered if other countries had it as well. That grocery store called Aldies sounds super cheap, being half the cost of other grocery stores and their ways of cutting costs sounds like they're brilliant.
• India
24 Aug 12
I think there is no problem while I shop things in such an shop becuase I will refunded those 25 cents back when I return the cart back to them. Then why should I worry. I don't want a cart and I just use them if I have a lot of things to shops. Otherwise I will make use of my hands to pick them up.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Yep, i would probably keep a quarter in the car too for everytime I went there so I wouldn't have to go looking for one. Nothing to worry about if you get the 25 cents back, it's just temporarily withheld.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
24 Aug 12
You're just getting hit for a deposit so that You'll return the cart to to a collection point,thus not cluttering parking bays for other shoppers to hit and get your money back,so it's no biggie..Here in the UK,the carts have a £1 coin sized slot,and some manufacturers have come up with £1 sized keyrings that you can use instead of the money..charities and souvenir places sell them. The supermarkets apparently took notice when people seemed to think the carts were complimentary and took them home as composters,barbecues,or just for fun..
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Yes, exactly. It is almost like insurance to do as you're supposed to. Even as adults some people get to lazy to bring them back where they are more neater, so the store doesn't have to hire someone to go fetch all the unkempt places the shoppers put their carts. Anything to keep people from taking them for whatever reason. Barbeques though? heehee.
• United States
24 Aug 12
I have never heard of a grocery store charing for carts but they do it at the mall so why not at a grocery store. At the mall you dont get your money back but its not a bad idea to charge for carts because people use them in the wrong ways, break them, take them with them or who knows what people do with them so charging for them isnt a bad idea at all and i wouldnt mind buying for using it as long as i would get the money back of course.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Yes it's good to get the money back or it would add up to alot every week for many years. Wow we don't have malls that do that here. Just the parking lots of the hospital that you have to pay for, and it's over $6. per visit most times.
@besweet (7230)
• Greece
23 Aug 12
Yes, I would shop it happens to other places as well. I was paying 1 pound get a cart at tesco in UK and I was getting it back when I was putting the cart back before I leave the store. I think this systems helps the super markets and stores because the people put the carts back when they finish shopping and everything is in order! The same system is also used at airport where you take carts for the luggage!
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
24 Aug 12
Yea, it's been no really big deal. Some of them here still don't have it and it's easier but for the ones that do choose to have it it's OK. It does help the store get their carts back, usually the ones who have this don't have to hire people to go fetch them and bring them back.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
30 Aug 12
I was surprised one day when I dashed into a store I rarely visit to discover they have trolleys which you have to pay for before they are released. I had never used one of these and I had to ask a staff member how it worked...it's a dollar! It was ok, not hard to put it in and then retrieve it when I hooked my trolley up to the others. People take them to their cars parked elsewhere then leave them then kids take them and play stupid games with them and/or push them in the river. These trolleys/carts as you call them are hugely expensive.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
25 Aug 12
Where we are, you have to put them back only at one store and you get a quarter back. It keeps them from having to go out and get them on really cold days and it keeps the carts from hitting cars. On a windy day, a cart that was just left out smashed my husband's headlight. We say it but we couldn't stop it. So it does a lot of things by having people put their carts back where the carts belong. Keeps people from having to run all over parking lots instead of just the few places or the place the carts belong on really cold days and in really bad weather. It keeps cars from getting dented (that's what usually happens, smashed head and tail lights are more unusual). There are many benefits to the store and otheres.
@AmbiePam (49069)
• United States
25 Aug 12
You are talking about Aldi's, right? They have avoided the hassle of having to build return cart sections in their parking lot, and this way not many people leave the carts out so they can run into other people's cars on a windy day. I don't shop there often as you really almost have to bring the bags to carry your groceries home in. And sometimes I just don't have a quarter. But I think it's a good idea.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
25 Aug 12
Yes, what a wise move! to charge .25 cents, and return it when you replace the cart! This keeps the parking lot clear, which is doubly important if there is a wind which can blow the carts into the sides of cars. In Canada the 'No Frills,' shopping marts where the first to use this inventive move.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
24 Aug 12
Around here, almost all of the stores do this. It does keep the shopping carts at the stores and back in their spots, at least. The only issue is that I don't always have change on me.