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Online supermarket shopping and bags in Canberra?

By Felix the Cat - 27 February 2012 31

I’m wanting to sign up to do my grocery shopping online and have it delivered and wondering what happens about bags?

Do I have to pay the supermarket the 50c per plastic bag each time (or $1ea for the polypropylene non-disposable bags)?

I can’t see any reference to bags on either Coles or Woolies websites.

What’s Your opinion?


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Online supermarket shopping and bags in Canberra?
Skidbladnir 2:31 pm 27 Feb 12

p1 said :

That isn’t a crack in the bag ban, unless they are giving away the thin ones which are banned, in which case they are breaking the law.

Not quite.
If a shopkeeper gives away thin bags for use in their own store, then they break it.
(The law contains this provision, charging customers for bags is just a new revenue stream for shopkeepers, and customers let them do it)

shadow boxer 2:11 pm 27 Feb 12

p1 said :

shadow boxer said :

The first cracks in the bag ban are appearing, I went to two smaller supermarkets on the weekend who both had signs up saying they were going to use bags and absorb the cost.

That isn’t a crack in the bag ban, unless they are giving away the thin ones which are banned, in which case they are breaking the law. If these bags are the ones that meet the standard, then the ban is working perfectly.

A recent internet order from Woolies was delivered to my house in grey plastic bags. Very similar to the old ones in appearance, by they seem slightly thicker, so I assume they meet the new standard. There were not separately charged for, but there is a fee for delivery which I assume covers this cost.

Like Breda said they are giving away the thick ones, the turtles must be pleased.

Felix the Cat 2:01 pm 27 Feb 12

dpm said :

I’m not 100% sure, but I think you get them for ‘free’. However, if you can afford the extra cost of (convenient) online shopping, even if you did have to pay for bags, the few cents for them would be the least of your money worries!

It’s only $7 delivery for Coles, Woolies is free if you spend over $250, the money I save by not needing therapy after going shopping will pay for that many times over…

breda 1:53 pm 27 Feb 12

My IGA provides heavy duty placcy bags at no extra charge, bless their little cotton socks. The bags are way over-engineered for what they have to do though, thanks to the stupid law – another win for the environment by the gormless leading the gutless.

shadow boxer 1:36 pm 27 Feb 12

p1 said :

shadow boxer said :

The first cracks in the bag ban are appearing, I went to two smaller supermarkets on the weekend who both had signs up saying they were going to use bags and absorb the cost.

That isn’t a crack in the bag ban, unless they are giving away the thin ones which are banned, in which case they are breaking the law. If these bags are the ones that meet the standard, then the ban is working perfectly.

A recent internet order from Woolies was delivered to my house in grey plastic bags. Very similar to the old ones in appearance, by they seem slightly thicker, so I assume they meet the new standard. There were not separately charged for, but there is a fee for delivery which I assume covers this cost.

It’s all a bit silly really isn’t it.

p1 1:20 pm 27 Feb 12

shadow boxer said :

The first cracks in the bag ban are appearing, I went to two smaller supermarkets on the weekend who both had signs up saying they were going to use bags and absorb the cost.

That isn’t a crack in the bag ban, unless they are giving away the thin ones which are banned, in which case they are breaking the law. If these bags are the ones that meet the standard, then the ban is working perfectly.

A recent internet order from Woolies was delivered to my house in grey plastic bags. Very similar to the old ones in appearance, by they seem slightly thicker, so I assume they meet the new standard. There were not separately charged for, but there is a fee for delivery which I assume covers this cost.

MERC600 1:14 pm 27 Feb 12

Gantz said :

The bags do not cost 50 cents. Don’t blow things out of proportion.

Wandered into go-lo at Weston recently. They had some good value tinned stuff so ended up with a basket full, so needed a bag. The ting cost me a dollar. I reckon we’re gettin touched a bit over these bag prices.

shadow boxer 1:11 pm 27 Feb 12

The first cracks in the bag ban are appearing, I went to two smaller supermarkets on the weekend who both had signs up saying they were going to use bags and absorb the cost.

Also had a bit of a chat with the girl at the checkout at woolies and they are falling like flies, all the different size bags (including big ones that are really heavy like those green ones) is killing their backs.

madamcholet 10:43 am 27 Feb 12

lemon delicious said :

Woolies usually bring groceries in big boxes and unload onto counter (and have done for a long time). Some items such as freezer items do come in plastic but they do not charge for them. Haven’t had a delivery in a couple of months, so may have changed.

I stand corrected – seems like they have changed.

madamcholet 10:20 am 27 Feb 12

I used to shop online at Woolies. Don’t any longer as I got fed up with the amount of bags that used to come with every order – used to get one item in a bag a lot of the time. I asked not to have bags and they said that wasn’t possible even though they carry your goods safely in their roomy bag, in a crate to your door. The first delivery guy we had used to take them back the following week and put them in the recycling bin. Others refused. I do recall that they did say they would be moving to bag free shopping however I would hazard a guess that this has not eventuated.

lemon delicious 10:13 am 27 Feb 12

Woolies usually bring groceries in big boxes and unload onto counter (and have done for a long time). Some items such as freezer items do come in plastic but they do not charge for them. Haven’t had a delivery in a couple of months, so may have changed.

SupaSal 10:07 am 27 Feb 12

When you order from Coles it is based in the Queanbeyan store so you can still get plastic bags from NSW!

thegirl 9:54 am 27 Feb 12

I shop online with Coles and there hasn’t been any extra charge for the bags

dpm 9:47 am 27 Feb 12

I’m not 100% sure, but I think you get them for ‘free’. However, if you can afford the extra cost of (convenient) online shopping, even if you did have to pay for bags, the few cents for them would be the least of your money worries!

Gantz 9:40 am 27 Feb 12

The bags do not cost 50 cents. Don’t blow things out of proportion.

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