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Walmart Bag fee

Skim
Core Shopper

I have just noticed that I have pending bag fee on today’s Walmart Grocery Delivery order for the first time. Considering they usually put about three items in each bag - this might get ugly.  I’m not even sure what the fee per bag is. 

Anyone see this on their pickup or delivery order ?  

 

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Re: Walmart Bag fee

mmoore01
Deal Master

Several States, Cities and Counties have bans for plastic bags.  If you live in one of these, there could be a fee for plastic bags.

This site has a list of States, Cities and Counties that have bans and/or fees for plastic bags:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase-out_of_lightweight_plastic_bags_in_the_United_States

 

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Nique
Rewards Advocate

Target automatically charges for 10 bags with pickup orders even if you buy only 1 item. The email says they will remove the fee if you decline at pickup. I have only done this twice. The first time it was removed no problem. The second time when I asked the customer service rep to remove it she was quite irritated.

My state charges for bags. I only do pickup when the online price is lower than in store, and I use my own bags unless they are free.

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Marethundsabre
Skilled Saver

Wow, I have not heard of this. The stores in my area except for Also do not charge for bags. If they did, I think I would shop somewhere else or use my own bags from home. I think if a store is going to charge you for the bag, they should let you know before you place the order to and give you the option to decline their bags. That can turn out to be a nasty surprise depending on how many groceries you order or purchase. I know I tend to buy in bulk. I like to do at least one month at a time but if time allows, I will buy enough groceries to last 3 months. I hope that these stores will change that policy soon or at least state the fee per bag so it isn't a surprise.

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DebbieDo14
Rewards Hunter

Same happened to me regarding order placed last night.  Never been charged a bag fee.  Are they planning on refunding me for the bags I return to the store? 

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DebbieDo14
Rewards Hunter

I wasn't told at the time I placed the order there would be a bag fee.  I would be fine if they just put all of my items in my trunk without bags.  Why isn't that an option? 

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ladygcw1
Rewards Hunter

I just ordered my groceries for delivery tomorrow and noticed the pending bag fee 

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Rickibotta
Deal Master

@DebbieDo14 

lol....that is the way I feel about my funeral.   I tell eveyone just to roll me in a sheet and throw me in the ground.

My life story will then be called The Shroud of Rickibotta

“about me: Suburbs of Indianapolis Indiana. BOILER UP!! Favorite stores: Kroger & Meijer"

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Francoise
Skilled Saver

My 2 cents... Some folks here who don't have bag fees in their areas have stated they would bring their own if they did have bag fees. Well, that's exactly the point. Many state and local governments have banned thin disposable plastic bags because they are a nuisance in many ways while also trying to get shoppers to alter their behavior and reuse the new, thicker allowed bags. Money is a good motivator, hence the fees.

Stores that charge a bag fee aren't doing it by choice. Their state or county REQUIRES the fee. The idea is that it will encourage people to reuse the bags. Again, money is a good motivator. Stores do get to keep the money from bag fees, though, imo, it justifiably helps them recoup the cost of the thicker bags.

Of course, things get a little complicated when you're dealing with pick-up orders. Stores need to estimate the number of bags an order will need because, again, they are required to charge for bags. They also have no way of reusing your bags in your absence. They could, say, put the order in a crate or two when they shop for it, then simply transfer it to the customer's car or bags piece by piece when they show up, then refund the fees automatically. Sounds time-consuming, but it could work. I only aim to illustrate the bind stores are in as many of these laws went into effect before the proliferation of grocery pick up apps and the like.

The success of these bag fees in motivating people to reuse as well as the positive effect the thicker bags have on the environment both remain to be seen. I believe that the entire idea needs tweaking and, of course, Covid certainly added its own complications to the mess, but you have to start somewhere.

 

On a side note: Target is the only store I know of that charges a bag fee ($.05) but will give you $.10 for every one of your own bags you bring and use. That seems the most sensible, progressive, and fair to me for in store shopping. After all, the entire point of a bag fee is to get you to reuse your bags.

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Rickibotta
Deal Master

@Francoise 

Is the 10¢ discount per reusable bag where you are for pickup?  Regular lanes?

I only use the SCO lanes, and my store gives 5¢ per bag (you have to enter # of bags on screen at the SCO terminal before scanning anything), and the article I read initially stated it was a 5¢ reusable bag credit nationwide, so I am just surprised to see 10¢

“about me: Suburbs of Indianapolis Indiana. BOILER UP!! Favorite stores: Kroger & Meijer"