I found out yesterday that the registers at Walmart are limited to the number of items it can process.
The cashier said "I've never seen this message before".
It said "item limit exceeded. Must process payment now"
Yes, it was the largest single day purchase I've ever made, and yes, I actually had five people bold enough to say something ... "Are you one of those extreme couponers", "You must have a lot of mouths to feed", etc.
I just said that I only shop once a month (which is true) and help with the food bank at the church (which I used to do).
The cashier had to process the payment, then continue ringing up the rest of the items.
In all honesty though, I only purchased a months supply of food and toiletries, and added about 30 cans of soup for the winter.
I grew up in a military household where it was common to go only once a month to the BX.
Post by ExquisiteGerbil on May 16, 2022 1:49:23 GMT -5
Now THAT is what is known as a big, flashing sign! Sure, it was for a large number/amount... this time. And *this time* they let you close out that order and then get the rest of your stuff as a "new" order. But whatever their trigger number is can be changed with a couple of strokes of a keyboard. At some point, I'll bet it will be whatever they deem "equitable".
Post by PrisonerOfHope on May 16, 2022 23:08:16 GMT -5
I try to avoid Walmart, although these days when you need something it's often necessary to go to several stores - even those you don't like - to find it. I've used their walmart.com site to purchase something only twice - once to buy a laptop when my old one started acting up (they had an amazing price), and then before Christmas I bought some teddy bears - I'm a collector, and wanted the ones that come out every year with the year embroidered on their paw and because of the scamdemic the none of the B&M stores had them. On occasion I'll check the site to see if they have something I'm looking for in stock in stores before I go shopping, or to compare a price against Amazon, but that's it.
I recently wanted to check and see if they had something I needed and couldn't find elsewhere, and I was surprised to see that there were several dozen "buy it again" suggestions - all were things I had purchased in person in various local Walmarts! 😲 Somehow they're now keeping track of everything that customers buy, which is scary - if you're stocking up in advance of the predicted food shortages, they now know what you have! I have four different credit/debit cards, and use different ones at different times, so they obviously have other ways of collecting data on customers. I then remembered an article we have posted here on the board about stores which use facial recognition on shoppers, and sure enough, Walmart is one of them:
That might be how they know what I've purchased, or there might be some other system that keeps tabs on customers, but this point I think it's best that if you're stocking up on particular items that will soon become scarce, such as flour, it's better to get them elsewhere - at a store that doesn't use facial recognition - and PAY WITH CASH!
A neighbor told me the same thing - she went to Walmart, and the woman at the next register was cut off after a certain number of items. I don't know what the number was, and I don't know if this is nationwide or not, but maybe it's just a test program at this point to control how much people buy.