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Old 04-09-2015, 08:06 AM
 
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What gets me is how often stores will pack just one or two lightweight items in those plastic bags. I can see something heavy getting it's own bag but come on!

The good news is I use them in my school bus as trash bags...though my students generally prefer to throw their trash on the floor or jam it between the seat cushions...LOL
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:18 AM
 
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What gets me is how often stores will pack just one or two lightweight items in those plastic bags. I can see something heavy getting it's own bag but come on!

The good news is I use them in my school bus as trash bags...though my students generally prefer to throw their trash on the floor or jam it between the seat cushions...LOL
Bingo about the packing. I've told sales clerks that I have a theory that when I bring my own bags they pack them as tight and full as possible but when I use their plastic bags they see how many bags they can use. If they start charging, then I hope that practice changes.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:03 PM
 
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Martin's kicks Giant arse.
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:41 PM
 
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Martin's kicks Giant arse.
Well, that's odd considering that Ahold USA also owns Martin's. Ahold has wrecked Giant here and the Stop & Shop chain in New England...but Martin's is great? Normally, the corporate philosophy pervades the entire operation....

At any rate, when the little woman sends me to grocery store, she sure as hell doesn't want me driving to Hagerstown MD or Winchester VA...LOL
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:55 PM
 
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Well, that's odd considering that Ahold USA also owns Martin's. Ahold has wrecked Giant here and the Stop & Shop chain in New England...but Martin's is great? Normally, the corporate philosophy pervades the entire operation....

At any rate, when the little woman sends me to grocery store, she sure as hell doesn't want me driving to Hagerstown MD or Winchester VA...LOL
There's a Martins in Culpepper. Never shopped there but have noticed it when we've gotten cheap gas there.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:16 PM
 
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I know that they charge for bags in part of the Maryland and DC however I have never paid for bags in NOVA. It is a very low cost so really does not bother me. If you want to get paper bags definitely go to Trader Joe's. I love their paper bags and we use them as our recycling bags.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:39 PM
 
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Well, that's odd considering that Ahold USA also owns Martin's. Ahold has wrecked Giant here and the Stop & Shop chain in New England...but Martin's is great? Normally, the corporate philosophy pervades the entire operation....
There are some differences: Giant-MD is union while Martin's/Giant-PA is non-union. Giant-MD is a high/low grocer (high everyday prices with deep discount sales) while Martin's/Giant-PA is an "everyday low price" chain like Shoppers in our area.

That said, I don't think there are real differences on things like selection, cleanliness, store size, employee helpfulness, etc. I've shopped at Giant here and Giant in PA and there's not much difference in the experience.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:41 PM
 
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I have generally found Giant to be superior to Safeway since moving to the area. I've never been inside a Shoppers.
I've shopped all 3 and I prefer Giant to the other 2.
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:39 AM
 
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Paying for plastic bags? Thanks, Obama.



OK, in seriousness: It annoyed me the first time I bought some small item at the Safeway near work in MD, and they asked "Do you want a bag?" And I then realized I was being charged for it.

But I think it's a good law. Plastic bags don't biodegrade quickly and end up in rivers and the ocean, where there are huge islands of trash floating around.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:11 AM
 
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Paying for plastic bags? Thanks, Obama.



OK, in seriousness: It annoyed me the first time I bought some small item at the Safeway near work in MD, and they asked "Do you want a bag?" And I then realized I was being charged for it.

But I think it's a good law. Plastic bags don't biodegrade quickly and end up in rivers and the ocean, where there are huge islands of trash floating around.
But there isn't a law that is forcing them to do this in Northern Virginia. Now, whether or not this is good policy from an environmental standpoint is a separate issue. It just struck me as surprising that a traditional grocery store would do this chain-wide without some legal impetus, since some of its competitors may very well use this in their marketing ("...and we don't believe in making you pay to carry your groceries home!").

Also, as someone else pointed out, if they use their current bags, the amount you pay could vary greatly. Some cashiers/baggers would use 3-4 bags for a small grocery purchase; others may use 8-10, virtually packing each item in a separate bag. For a family doing a weekly grocery run, there could be a large variance in the number of bags used depending on the person doing the bagging.

I have contacted Giant corporate, and am awaiting a response to see if they will confirm or deny this change in policy. I'll be sure to let people know if and when I receive a response.
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