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So Sainsbury's has doubled the price of their bag for life - from 10p to 20p - which has annoyed a lot of shoppers

But I guess if they want to encourage people to reuse the bags they already have, it’s the right move?

Does this increase annoy you?

hspexy
6 months ago
What do you think of this?
RegularComper90
RegularComper906 months ago

I actually think this is a good move, and the higher the better as it discourages people from disposing their bags on the ground like rubbish. I have been noticing a lot less of this problem since supermarkets started charging for their bags.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

I agree. I’ve not ever needed to buy bags even when they were only 5p, and there was definitely more bags flying around on streets when bags were cheaper.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig6 months ago

When I was in Morrisons this week the bag for life was 30p. I have loads in the house and only buy them when i need to replace ones that have broken and then recycle them. It doesn't bother me.

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Mango4
Mango46 months ago

Yes I was shocked yesterday to pay 30p in Morrisons, just bought more than expected and needed an additional bag.

By now you would think they would have come up with a proper recyclable or compostable bag.

Not sure whether the supermarkets have caught onto this as an easy profit maker, originally proceeds were supposed to go to charities, but you hear no mention of than anymore and no information or figures published to show this happens anymore.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig6 months ago

Mango4 I think part of it is because it is a big profit maker for them but it could also be to try to encourage us to use the bags more, maybe the more expensive they are the more likely you will be to remember to bring them with you.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi6 months ago

20p???? Just need to make the net bags and re-use them.

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold6 months ago

It doesn't bother me. I hardly buy bags now. I have a few bags in car boot all the time. You can buy foldable cloth style ones from primark for a couple quid, I have a couple of those in my bag or coat pocket all the time. I do occasionally get caught short but not very often.

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davidstockport
davidstockport6 months ago

I didn't think it was compulsory to buy bags at a supermarket, I thought it was that you only bought one if you wanted to buy one and you could choose where you bought your shopping bags from.

Perhaps I'm living in the past but can clearly remember that at one time, if you wanted a bag to take your shopping home in, you took a bag with you.

Bags have NEVER been free - the price, before the current compulsory charge, was hidden in the price of goods. Many will remember that shops who charged for plastic bags before a charge was compulsory (there were quite a few) had lower prices.

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Worf
Worf6 months ago

I don't mind paying if the bags last. I bought one last week and when I picked up my shopping the handle came off. I didn't even have heavy items.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

I thought that if you bought a ‘bag for life’ bag and it was faulty, the supermarkets would replace them free of charge?

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Worf
Worf6 months ago

They do but I was on my way home from work and couldn't be bothered unpacking. Just wanted to get home. hspexy

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

Worf I understand. I guess if you do pay for something called a ‘bag for life’ you would expect it to last a little longer

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Pjran
Pjran6 months ago

I think Sainsbury’s also charge for bags to weigh your vegetables in. I bought unpackaged onions so just did the self weigh and popped to price on one of the onions.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

Yes, they now use those netted bags for fresh produce, and I think those bags are about 30p. They can be used again and again

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin6 months ago

Good way to get people to reuse their own bags instead of buying a new bag

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MumOfThree
MumOfThree6 months ago

Same as Morrison's and to be honest it needed to be done. Why not just ban plastic bags all together!!

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didbygraham
didbygraham6 months ago

I can understand the reasons but I really hope they dont just ban the bags as some of us need them. I know that I will have to pay more and thats ok - just dont ban them!

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AliceBell64468
AliceBell644686 months ago

I always take cotton reusable bags or the paper bags from Morrisons, our local Morrison’s charges around 30p for a paper bag, and the problem isn’t even with paper it’s with plastic.

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HannahSunderlan
HannahSunderlan6 months ago

I begrudged paying 5p 😂 but it was a good thing because now I always have bags in the car! so I totally understand the reasoning of it but if they really wanted to reduce plastic why not just only offer paper bags like Primark do?

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Auntielettie
Auntielettie6 months ago

A friend of my mum told us that her husband brought the shopping home in the supermarket hand basket because he refused to pay for carrier bags. Poor lady had to take it back very embarrassed

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

I think that’s what happened in my local Tesco when they started charging for bags - all the baskets went missing. Now all the baskets have security tags

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