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Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

In the US, we just bad up the produce we want, then it is weighed and priced by the cashier. We recently moved here and had heard that we have the weigh the produce ourselves. We figured out that fruits and veggies have a code and we just punch in the code at the weigh station. However, I've noticed that many items do not have a code on them (and it always seems to be the produce I'm wanting/needing). I've also looked for stickers and cannot find any.

Therefore, how do I know what "code" to punch in when weighing produce if the sign doesn't have a number and the produce itself doesn't have a sticker?
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Some items are sold individually (pro stuck) rather than by weight, if there is not a number specified then that will probably be the case.

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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Sometimes the are "per piece" "per pack" and they have the codes at the cashier.
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

The produce that you are looking for could be sold as pro Stück/per piece e.g. Lemons, Avacado etc. They do not need to be weighed.
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Some produce (eg avocado) is by the piece rather than by weight and the cashier will key the price in at check out. On the sign with the produce price, the sign will say Stück or pro Stück, rather than listing a number. Hope that helps!
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Now that, is service!!
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Alternatively, choose the cheapest per kilo item (normally onions), remember that number, and use it for all items - you'll save a fortune, over time.
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Alternatively, choose the cheapest per kilo item (normally onions), remember that number, and use it for all items - you'll save a fortune, over time.
Not forgetting to ONLY use the un(wo)manned checkouts presumably?
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Oh WOW! Thank you for the quick responses!! Making this newbie feel much better about being a foreigner!
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

And don't go shopping with your kids.

I couldn't work out why our grocery bill was much higher when I took the kids and one did the weighing.
He wasn't keying in the wrong code number, he was leaning on the scales waiting for the sticker to print!
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And don't go shopping with your kids.

I couldn't work out why our grocery bill was much higher when I took the kids and one did the weighing.
He wasn't keying in the wrong code number, he was leaning on the scales waiting for the sticker to print!

concerning wrong codes, I discovered that typing codes that are not in use can have interesting effects. I have discovered a code that prices the produce at 52 Franks per gram, so even the smallest item becomes unaffordable. I cut out the barcodes and put them on random things on the shelves and watch the mayhem that ensues at the cash.
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concerning wrong codes, I discovered that typing codes that are not in use can have interesting effects. I have discovered a code that prices the produce at 52 Franks per gram, so even the smallest item becomes unaffordable. I cut out the barcodes and put them on random things on the shelves and watch the mayhem that ensues at the cash.
Holy hell... That was you?
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concerning wrong codes, I discovered that typing codes that are not in use can have interesting effects. I have discovered a code that prices the produce at 52 Franks per gram, so even the smallest item becomes unaffordable. I cut out the barcodes and put them on random things on the shelves and watch the mayhem that ensues at the cash.


What a great idea. Why don't I ever come up with something anarchistic and entertaining like that? Would you please, please take me along next time you do it?
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Some of the check out ladies have eagle eyes... I can't remember what I was getting, maybe a type of apple, and I put in the correct code, but it gave the incorrect item. Tried to find someone to ask to no avail so I just went with it. The check out woman noticed (maybe they were on to the wrong code?) took my produce and returned 5 minutes later with the correct amount! I told her I tried to find the right code, but...anyways, some of them do check to make sure you have the right code, esp. when buying the expensive oranges, for example. (I've noticed them check extra when I picked those!)
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

Ahh Co-op and Migros veg weighing... all one needs is a steady hand...
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Sometimes the are "per piece" "per pack" and they have the codes at the cashier.
At the large grocery shops if you forget to weigh an item that needs to be weighed, be prepared for rolling eyes from the cashier and dirty looks from all those in the line behind you. It's a long way back to the scales.

The local Volg is smaller and friendly, forgetting to weigh an item is not a big deal.

At the Lidl near us they weigh the items at the cash but they have a scale in the produce section if you want to know the weight, for a recipe, for example.
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Some of the check out ladies have eagle eyes... I can't remember what I was getting, maybe a type of apple, and I put in the correct code, but it gave the incorrect item. Tried to find someone to ask to no avail so I just went with it. The check out woman noticed (maybe they were on to the wrong code?) took my produce and returned 5 minutes later with the correct amount! I told her I tried to find the right code, but...anyways, some of them do check to make sure you have the right code, esp. when buying the expensive oranges, for example. (I've noticed them check extra when I picked those!)
Or Kiwi. Yellow are more expensive than green.
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Some of the check out ladies have eagle eyes... I can't remember what I was getting, maybe a type of apple, and I put in the correct code, but it gave the incorrect item. Tried to find someone to ask to no avail so I just went with it. The check out woman noticed (maybe they were on to the wrong code?) took my produce and returned 5 minutes later with the correct amount! I told her I tried to find the right code, but...anyways, some of them do check to make sure you have the right code, esp. when buying the expensive oranges, for example. (I've noticed them check extra when I picked those!)
I've noticed this too. I once inadvertently had a bunch of organic bananas (I think somebody had put them back in the wrong place) labelled as normal bananas and the checkout lady noticed and took them back to relabel them.
I didn't really care if they were bio or not I'd just looked for the greenest ones.

Our local Aldi has the scales at the checkout but everywhere else you have to do it yourself.
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Re: Weighing produce at Coop/Migros

I just did that today - forgot to get the sticker for the 3 bananas I had in hand. I would have been happy to just say "forget it" and not buy them, but I didn't know if that would be even worse (or more confusing). The cashier roller her eyes heavily (I'm surprised they even returned to the front of her face) and got the sticker for me.

To be fair, this was the Migros at Bankverein during today's Fasnacht. I'm sure she had a very busy day Fortunately, the old man in line behind me thought it was quite funny
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