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Shopper's Drug Mart / cost of shopping bags

Sarnia Ontario, ON, Canada Review updated:

I am, quite frankly tired of being scammed, in my opinion, by Shopper's Drug Mart for the cost of a shopping bag. The average actual cost of a recycled T-shirt bag is $0.02 or less! Why then, with Eco Fees being redundant is Shopper's Drug Mart charging their customers $0.05? They are making money off the backs of their consumers, at no cost to themselves (business and tax deductions), to be a good corporate citizen. You are not providing your customers with a tax receipt for the money they are donating to your charitable contributions. How equitable is that? Please allow me, the consumer to decide which charity I would like my money to go to and do not pick my pocket to make your company look great by donating money you obtained from your customers. By the way, an employee was quite willing to cheerfully explain that all the money collected from the bags is donated to charity. This company is making an enormous profit, in my opinion, by charging their customers for shopping bags. Seriously, aren't we already paying well above market price for most items contained on the shelves of Shopper's Drug Mart? STOP CHARGING FOR THE BAGS!!! I feel scammed!

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  • Ds
      26th of Apr, 2012

    Metro also charges. Stores charge so that customers would stop using the plastic bags and use the recycle bags.
    Money that is collected for the use of plastic bags, goes to local charities.

    You are not being scammed.

    If you want to support the charities and not what stores give to. Bring your own bags.

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  • Sk
      26th of Apr, 2012

    1. You haven't donated anything to charity; you have PURCHASED A BAG. Shopper's Drug Mart is donating to charity. If you have them .05 WITHOUT getting ANY goods (including a shopping bag) or services, then you have made a charitable donation.
    2. You don't get a receipt for charitable donations under $20.00
    3. The employee explained the price of the bags is donated to charity. How is Shopper's making a profit?
    4. You are free to bring your own bags (which is kind of the point of the fee - to discourage people from producing more garbage), or, better yet, shop somewhere else.

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  • Lo
      26th of Apr, 2012

    I use my own bags thank you. Every once in a while a person does not remember to bring the bags. The point is this. The actual cost of the bags is LESS THAN $0.02 per 1000 bags. Shoppers is charging $0.05 PER BAG. I have done the math and the sum is substantial. We as Canadians are being taxed at a rate of 41.3% on average. We as Canadians are simply being overcharged for everything. It is, in my opinion, an unacceptable business practice to charge customers for shopping bags and then turn around an donate money to charity as good corporate citizen at the expense of consumers. If companies, making record profits, wish to donate to charity, I suggest they do so at THEIR EXPENSE and not at the expense of their customers.

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  • Ds
      26th of Apr, 2012

    That is your opinion, unfortunately many more people have no problem spending 5 cents for a bag to support charities if they forget and don't get upset when they have to spend a few more cents.

    You think it cost 2 cents for 1000 bags. You are wrong, it costs way more than that. Your initial cost is closer to how much it costs per bag.

    If you forget your bag, you can always take it out without a plastic bag. Whether in your hands or in a shopping cart.

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  • Ma
      26th of Apr, 2012

    If you don't like being charged everytime you go then re-use the bags you already paid for. Duh. As for not remembering all the time, perhaps you could make sure to put one in your car right after unloading it. That is what I do, so I always have a reusable bag in the car.

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  • Lo
      26th of Apr, 2012

    Thanks for the comments. However, I own a business and am quite familiar with the costs associated with shopping bags. As for the Duh...I have left the store without purchasing a bag thank you. I am simply asking you to take a look at what we, as consumers are being charged. Please look at your hydro, water, gas, cable/sattelite bills, etc., Are we not all paying enough? It is the principle. Perhaps every household should register a small business, change all their bills to a business account and start to reap the benefits by deducting expenses. Then we ALL would have perhaps, a little more money to donate to those in need, like a senior citizen who can't afford to eat properly.

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  • Sk
      26th of Apr, 2012

    Lois, if you are concerned about senior citizens who can't afford to eat properly, why are you complaining about being offered a bag for .05 cents that is in turn donated to charity?
    I agree 100% with you that Canadians are being gouged...though, I wonder, why someone so concerned about .05 cents shops at Shopper's Drug Mart - a retailer with one of the highest markups in the industry - in the first place? You are being overcharged far more on the merchandise than the bags. There is nothing unique, special or "better" about their merchandise that you can't find cheaper elsewhere. Optimum Points are NOT designed to benefit the consumer!!! And Sarnia isn't a small, rural town - you have plenty of competitors to take your business to instead.

    As for registering a household as a small business and deducting your overheads as expenses - many people do this, though Revenue Canada has caught on to the practice, and has authority to audit you at their discretion. An audit by RC would require you to show documentation and proof that you are in fact, running a business and not merely a tax shelter - and actively soliciting clients and revenue.

    And, for the record - Shopper's Drug Mart does indeed donate to charity at THEIR EXPENSE (not just the cost of shopping bags). To your point, it is, overall, a mere pittance compared to their revenues - they could absolutely afford to donate a LOT more - but I don't think it is wrong for any business (including yours) to operate with the goal of profit.

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  • Le
      8th of Feb, 2013

    Lois, I agree with what you are saying. The respondents here are trying to make you seem cheap or petty but that has nothing to do with the point you are trying to make. You articulated it very well so there is no need to reiterate anything you said. Here are some points made by some of the Shopper's fans out there that I would like to address:

    "2. You don't get a receipt for charitable donations under $20.00". Interesting. The shopping bag charitable donation is perfect since no one is ever going to buy 400 bags at a time. This makes it easy work for Shopper's to take credit for your charitable donation.
    "3. The employee explained the price of the bags is donated to charity. How is Shopper's making a profit?" Here's how: Big companies with high profit margins must give back to the community or they will suffer serious image problems which could potentially threaten their profit margins. Corporate charity is a thinly veiled attempt at protecting business interests. It is a business decision not philanthropy. shopper's have cleverly turned it around so that they aren't out of pocket for this, instead you are. Thanks corrupt politicians at the city of toronto for encouraging this.
    "4. You are free to bring your own bags (which is kind of the point of the fee - to discourage people from producing more garbage), or, better yet, shop somewhere else." No. the point of the fee WAS (theoretically) to discourage plastic bag use. However, opportunistic companies like shopper's took advantage of the situation AFTER the law was voted down because it didn't work. They did not stick with it cuz they want to help stop "producing more garbage", they did so because it was easy money. Respectable organizations took the fee away when the law changed.
    "many more people have no problem spending 5 cents for a bag to support charities if they forget and don't get upset when they have to spend a few more cents." Yep, a few cents here and there is nothing to complain about but when you add it all up it is so much that you can use it to boost your public image as a "charitable doner". If a few cents is "no problem", then why do shopper's insist on charging their customers a few cents all the time? is it part of the rewards program? If you think it is to discourage bag use, take a look at the paragraph above.

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  • Le
      8th of Feb, 2013

    Trasha stop trolling on behalf of shoppers.

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  • Le
      8th of Feb, 2013

    trying to inflame people over the internet to get your jollies is called trolling or as the urban dictionary defines it: "Being a ### on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can." Can you point me to a post where you haven't been trolling? my best guess is that you just can't make a post like that.

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