Total items purchased on your cash register receipt is a good thing

Dallas, Texas
November 26, 2016 8:43am CST
When in a retail store, you purchase so many items that even you do not remember how many and the good thing about the checkout process in a retail store is, for the most part, they usually print the exact number of items you paid for so that you can do inventory on your purchase later and make sure you did not pay for something that was not your intention, like that bag of chips the first customer left behind and you ended up paying for it along with 100 or more other items. The list however, even though it does in fact count the exact number of items scanned, does it know how to collate the items that are the exact bar code? for instance, if I bought 10 cans of biscuits but they were scanned in the mix so that 5 were scanned at one time but the other 5 were intermittently scanned as they were mixed in with several other random items on the counter because they were not all scanned one by one together by the checker. The thing is, I do not think the system will give you an exact count of a specific product, but there may be a system that eventually does this. Would this improve the process and make the customer happier knowing that although she or he can not find their 10th can of biscuits but one is hiding under a pie shell in another bag, that the listing could print out that in fact canned biscuit no. 10 is listed as item 105 to make a complete count of ten cans of biscuits scanned? This sounds a bit petty I know but it is just a thought I had. I imagine the system is not that exact but below is a somewhat relevant article about how purchases at the retail end are processed to keep inventory levels and learn what the consumer wants on some level: The article is not exactly relevant to my post but is interesting to read.
When one goes to the grocery store, one receives a receipt that lists all the items one has bought, with the name of the item and its amount. On my credit card statement (BoA), I only see a char...
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17 responses
• United States
26 Nov 16
@lookatdesktop The register does tally them up but you are right that it doesn't indicate where each one is in the process. I Only know this because of the '10 for" sales and when a coupon requires a set number of specific products to be used. Nice post by the way.
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• Dallas, Texas
26 Nov 16
Thank you BernieZ.
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@DaddyEvil (26044)
• Aurora, Missouri
27 Nov 16
Thank you, Bernie!
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@just4him (129026)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov 16
I've often wondered if there was a way to do just that, have all the items scanned together. To that end, I typically group them all together so it shows that way on the slip and I can go down it and see exactly what I bought without hunting for it in the slip.
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@DaddyEvil (26044)
• Aurora, Missouri
27 Nov 16
Very nice! We do that, too!
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@owlwings (39887)
• Cambridge, England
26 Nov 16
Certainly if there is a multibuy offer, the system knows to deduct the appropriate discount whatever order the items are scanned in.
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@Susan2015 (21964)
• United States
26 Nov 16
Some stores give you a total tally of how many items in total. I do like that.
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@akalinus (22239)
• United States
26 Nov 16
I go to some stores that just give the total and don't itemize your purchases. I hate that because when I see the receipt later, I have no idea what I bought. Totally annoying.
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@LeaPea2417 (22548)
• Toccoa, Georgia
26 Nov 16
It is weird, but, has this happened to you. You buy something at a grocery store, it is scanned at the checkout and it all connects online, so that, you can log onto Facebook later and an add pops up in the news feed that is the exact same product that you bought earlier or the day before. That has happened to me more than once.
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@Morleyhunt (21475)
• Canada
26 Nov 16
The stores I shop in I must pack my own grocery items. I am watching closely to make sure I am. Ot overcharged. Going back after the fact is costly....I live several miles from the store and gas is expensive and my time is valuable.
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• Dallas, Texas
26 Nov 16
Yes. Going back to get a refund on a wrongly charged item I bought may cost more to me to pay for gas and waste my valuable time doing it. I usually just chalk it up as a bad purchase and leave it at that.
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@nanette64 (18108)
• Fairfield, Texas
27 Nov 16
That's why I always put groups of the same product on the counter in one clump @lookatdesktop . Example: 20 cans of cat food in stacks of 5 all in 1 cluster. 4 bags of cat food lined up with the bar code visible. The cashier's love me.
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• Dallas, Texas
27 Nov 16
Your method is very efficient and I understand why your cashiers love you for that.
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@nanette64 (18108)
• Fairfield, Texas
28 Nov 16
@lookatdesktop Being a cashier myself back in the good ole days, I know I would have appreciated it if people would have done that for me.
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@DaddyEvil (26044)
• Aurora, Missouri
27 Nov 16
LOL! You know, if the customer sorts their items into like items, it makes the cashier's job easier and then most (if not all) of your same items would be scanned together as well as bagged together. Pretty and I do our grocery shopping (like most others do) by going down the aisles putting like items together in our basket... the difference is that when people unload their cart onto the conveyor belt, we still keep like items together, where most people just want to empty the cart, pay for their items and get out of there. It doesn't take us any longer to group our like items than it does just unloading the cart onto the belt, but it sure makes it easier to check our receipt and find/put things away, since they are still grouped together in our bags.
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@GardenGerty (104421)
• United States
27 Nov 16
I have shopped many self serve stores and so I do this a lot. I look for lots of information on my receipts, like if my coupons doubled, etc. and if I got fuel points, and if the discounted item is really discounted. I do not buy very many multiples, except for frozen veggies. It is good to see stuff sorted, but I also do know I have had to search the receipt occasionally to make sure everything is there.
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@jstory07 (71410)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Nov 16
Your idea would be a good one. I stand right there as items are being rang up and make sure every price is right.
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• Dallas, Texas
27 Nov 16
You are smart to do that.
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@Butchcass4 (6019)
• United States
27 Nov 16
Thanks for sharing your article. When ever I go grocery shopping it is stressful at the checkout as the items are being scanned so fast and by the time you get the receipt people are behind you waiting so you really don't have time to look it over good and make sure you weren't over charged. I keep track of my spending and when the total is higher than mine I get upset as I know I don't have time to check my list against the receipt and end up paying more than I planned. I am so busy trying to get the bags in the cart that I don't have time to watch the cashier. I hope to find a solution to this dilema
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• United States
27 Nov 16
I try to keep all of the items together so I can see what I bought together. Sometimes they scan the item twice and I didn't purchase 2 or more of them. I don't care if it was a small ticket item or not, I will return to the store and demand a refund. LOL.
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@Jackalyn (7265)
• Oxford, England
27 Nov 16
I always get a receipt and check. You would not believe how many times I complain I have been overcharged.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Nov 16
Now I am curious, because I have never pondered this before
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@LoriAMoore (4662)
• United States
26 Nov 16
It's already amazing what we can track and do with shopping technology.
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@sugartoes (43336)
• Greencastle, Indiana
6 Dec 16
that's why when I have a multiple amount of items I put them ALL together so everything is done as they were set up to be scanned & it all rings up right
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• Dallas, Texas
6 Dec 16
I just started doing this myself since a few days ago. It seems to work. It might be possible in the future to use your cell phone app to pre-scan all of your items in your cart so you can then sort the items by SKU. Then match the exact totals, with tax and deductions from sales and from coupons. It would be a good way to use to upload your digital receipt of purchases so you could really keep a correct inventory of everything and also if you lost a receipt and wanted a refund you might be able to print out a duplicate one on your printer at home and use it to get an exchange or store credit just like the original receipt.
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@marsha32 (6687)
• United States
23 Feb 17
Not sure if the day will ever come when they are grouped as you say. Target groups merchandise by category on their receipts. I find that to be very confusing when I am trying to add up just how much I saved.
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• Dallas, Texas
23 Feb 17
So does Tom Thumb Supermarket.