I want people's take on this because it sort of floored me when I found out. Try to read this first before jumping on why I seemed to have had issue with this new process at Ikea. I went to Ikea today for a el chepo rug. I walked in, strolled around the store as always, looked at TV stands and such...all is well. I got to the bedding and saw something that was perfect, yet I didn't need it. I bought it anyway. I then found said rug and came to check out. I noticed that they had bags hanging before you checked out with a sign that read: These bags are now 5 cents which is donated....we hope that by charging you, you'll stop using them!! That's not verbatim, but it's close. I thought two things...WTF? And, nice...nice that they allow us to roam around the entire store, be greeted by some kid at the front with no prior warning that whatever you buy will have to be carried out by you, put in your car and carried into the house one handful at a time. Some girl mentioned that it takes 100 years for a bag to biodegrade. Ok, I understand all of that. My issue is not with the idea that someone in corproate thought that this was a great thing to do (know the 5 cents goes towards charity and note that I'm just the ******* to check their financial reports next year to see if that happens) but really...nothing was ever said before we started to shop. My point is principle. Tell me before I start my shopping experience, not after. As I stood there with no cart and now no bag, I thought...thank god I didn't need something else or I would have had to make some sort of attempt to get a cart for my 5 items! And the bit about "maybe you'll stop using them?!" I mean really! Maybe if it weren't customary to buy something and get a bag then maybe we wouldn't use them. Or how about f-the bag and just don't have them at all! In retrospect it is a good idea to some extent, but I know places that offer a 2% discount on your order if you bring your own bags. Don't f the little guy for actually wanting to put their items in a bag when they buy them! I laughed and told the girl I was going to pay cash because I wasn't sure if they were going to charge me to use plastic. Then I said I wasn't going to charge her for taking my paper. I was just going to let her have it. Sure, I sound shallow but know this. I think it's a decent idea, but it should be something you advertise at the entrance, not at the exit. Let people know that before they start shopping it is a good idea to keep that in mind. I will now pay for those blue Ikea bags because in the end, I'll need a bag and I simply don't want to carry items into my house by the handful. It's not getting to the car, it's getting out. Catch my drift? Thoughts? PS. I recycle cans, bottles, paper, plastic store bags etc. So yes, I do what I think I can do within my means so I'm not nearly as shallow about this as one may think.