Actual perceived paper savings

I ran a few errands yesterday, culminating in a trip to Sprouts Farmers Market, which carries a supplement I like at a price that doesn’t make my nose bleed. They checked out my four items, and handed me the shortest piece of register tape I’d seen since I’d worked at Mickey D’s forty-five years ago.

I didn’t notice until I unbagged my stuff — five cents discount for bringing my own bag — but they’d actually used both sides of the tape. No random advertising, no enormous length of paper to stuff in my desk until the statement shows up. About the only downside, and it may be specific to purchases of this size, is that the two sales-tax statements (“Tax 1” is state tax, “Tax 2” is local) ended up on opposite sides of the tape. I have no idea what it cost them to buy printers that would do this, but I’m grateful for having that much less junk to send to the shredder.


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 December 2015 · 10:25 am

    And none of those danged “Take our online survey for a minuscule chance at a prize and a lifetime of spam” like many of the businesses I seem to frequent do.

  2. McGehee »

    3 December 2015 · 10:58 am

    The clerks at CVS have heard every quip there is about the length of their register tapes. Even the one about how a day-long shopping excursion at Home Depot yields a shorter tape than a seven-minute stop-in at their store.

    Those CVS clerks are very good at the dutiful “the customer is always a great comedian” laugh.

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