Target, CVS Pay Shoppers to Bring Their Own Bags

Posted on October 19, 2009

CVS TargetRetailers are starting to pay you if you will bring your own bags. USA Today reports that Target is offering a 5-cent discount for every reusable bag customers bring. CVS will give $1 cash bonuses to customers for every four times they checkout without requesting a bag.
Target (TGT), the fifth-largest U.S. retailer last year, will announce Monday plans to give customers a 5-cent discount for every reusable bag they use to pack their purchases.

The move comes within days of drugstore giant CVS' (CVS) plan to give participating CVS customers $1 cash bonuses on their CVS cards every four times they buy something but don't request plastic bags.

The programs come at a time retailers are feeling heat from advocacy groups, lawmakers and customers to take actions on environmental issues.
Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg told USA Today that it has no plans to pay customers for not using bags. Consumerist notes that it does cost 99 cents to enroll in CVS's green bags program. Consumers who enroll receive a "leaf-shaped Green Bag Tag card."
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