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Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

I have been wondering this for some time, so since it's Friday, I thought I would finally ask....

How full is too full when it comes to those coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags?
My daughter loves pears and we love avocado and mangoes, so when these specials are running I end up playing some sort of bizarre tetris game trying to get the bag as packed as possible. 99% of the time I close up the bag before presenting it at checkout...but is this really necessary?
I noticed in their flyer they had the end of a pineapple poking out the top...I mean how are you supposed to close the bag with an entire pineapple inside?

One time I rebelled and left the bag open with a couple of pears peeking out and the checkout operator didn't say anything. So is it a case of full it up until they start falling out or does the bag need to close?

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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

It seems to be a limit of 3 kilos in the bag? I think if you go over the weight you pay the per kilo price. If you're under you still pay the 9.90 for the bag. Not positive though, as this is far too much fruit for 2 people to consume quickly so we've never purchased this size bag.

From this weeks' Coop promotion in German, with the countries of origin removed for easier reading:

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Tragtasche zum Selberfüllen mit folgenden Exoten (ohne Bio, Coop Primagusto und Coop Fine Food): Ananas extrasüss, Fairtrade Max Havelaar, Mango, Avocado, Kiwi grün, Granatapfel, Papaya, im Offenverkauf, per Tragtasche (bei einem Gewicht von 3 kg: 1 kg = 3.32)

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43% Rabatt
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Carrying bag for self filling with the following exotics (excluding organic, Coop Prima Gusto and Coop Fine Food): Pineapple extra-sweet, fair trade Max Havelaar, mango, avocado, kiwi green, pomegranate, papaya, in the open sale, by carrying pouch (with a weight of 3 kg 1 kg = 3.32)

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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

I stuff as much as can get in there, never been able to close the bag and never been questioned about it at the checkout.
As far as I know the 3kg thing is just an example of cost per kilo price if you have 3kg if stuff in there and not the maximum weight allowed.

With the one man eating machine that I have living here it doesn't last long.
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

I consider it a personal challenge to get more than 3kg in their (I know, I really should get out more), so agree that it must just be an example because I have never been questioned when I have gone over

I am usually able to get a good mixture of rip and unripe stuff so it lasts quite a while.

...and if I can cram a bunch of avocados in there then I will feel I have a bargain (even if I will be living off guacamole for the foreseeable!
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

To actually come ahead, the bag has to be very full.
When it was oranges a couple of weeks ago, I took the time to weigh my bag and it turned out that I didn't "break even" before the 12th or 13th orange.
Which is also pretty much the limit of what these bags can hold (one or two more, maybe).
If only one of them goes bad because you couldn't eat them fast enough - bam, your balance is negative.


So, do the math and don't get carried away.
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

Oooh, are they doing this promo again? Thanks for the heads up, nipping out to Coop as soon as these babies wake up.

It's guacamole time!
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I stuff as much as can get in there, never been able to close the bag and never been questioned about it at the checkout.
As far as I know the 3kg thing is just an example of cost per kilo price if you have 3kg if stuff in there and not the maximum weight allowed.

With the one man eating machine that I have living here it doesn't last long.
Last week we were asked to take out some kiwis from the bag, because the weight was much more than 3kg (3.8kg). We had two mangoes, two pomegranates, one pineapple and three kiwis. At the end the guy took out two kiwis and said that 3.5kg was OK. So I guess it is up to the cashier to decide what is OK and what isn't. If they still have it this week, we would choose our cashier wisely.
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Last week we were asked to take out some kiwis from the bag, because the weight was much more than 3kg (3.8kg). We had two mangoes, two pomegranates, one pineapple and three kiwis. At the end the guy took out two kiwis and said that 3.5kg was OK. So I guess it is up to the cashier to decide what is OK and what isn't. If they still have it this week, we would choose our cashier wisely.
Wait, they have scales at the checkout? I am so coming and shopping in your Coop from now on.

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Wait, they have scales at the checkout? I am so coming and shopping in your Coop from now on.
The guy used his experience to weight the bag with his hands , and determine that it was heavier than it should be. So, he left his spot and went to some scale they have for the whole checkout area, like 10 meters from his machine, and when he came back he said it was 3.8kg. So he took out two small kiwis and, again, his experience said it was now 3.5kg, and that was OK. It was Saturday afternoon in Lausanne's Coop-City (the one big one), so he really wanted to weight that bag. I imagine someone who doesn't want to take the bag to the scale and verify would not care at all, maybe only that the bag is closed or that you didn't put something that was not in the offer.
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Last week we were asked to take out some kiwis from the bag, because the weight was much more than 3kg (3.8kg). We had two mangoes, two pomegranates, one pineapple and three kiwis. At the end the guy took out two kiwis and said that 3.5kg was OK. So I guess it is up to the cashier to decide what is OK and what isn't.
Of course. And it is up to you to give him or the store manager a fine real-life example of what is misleading advertising and what isn't (unless they have hidden this in some of their small-print).
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

Wow, who knew!

I usually weigh it by the fruit and veges, feel proud of myself that the weight is over 3kg, do quick maths in my head to work out roughly how much per kg that means I am paying (to make sure I'm getting the good deal I think I am) and then toddle off to the checkout
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

Just back from Coop with a mango, a pomegranate, and eleven avocados. Total weight just under 3.5 kg*, bag almost closeable but not quite, cashier didn't turn a hair.


*Most (all?) of the fruit in this week's offer is priced per piece rather than per kg, so the weight really doesn't matter to determine whether you're getting a good deal or not - I just weighed it for curiosity's sake.
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...eleven avocados..
I come from the western U.S. and I love guacamole but you must LOOOOOOOOOOOVE guacamole!
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Wow, who knew!

I usually weigh it by the fruit and veges, feel proud of myself that the weight is over 3kg, do quick maths in my head to work out roughly how much per kg that means I am paying (to make sure I'm getting the good deal I think I am) and then toddle off to the checkout
That's generally what I do too. I look at the stuff on offer and try to work which are the most expensive per kilo to buy individually and buy more of those ( assuming that it's something we like to eat).
I always manage to have 3.5kg or a little bit more and none of our cashiers have even lifted them to feel the weight let alone actually weigh them.

I see no problem whatsoever in eating guacamole every day for a week.
I could always go all 1970s nostalgic and make an avocado prawn cocktail one day for a bit of variety.
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I come from the western U.S. and I love guacamole but you must LOOOOOOOOOOOVE guacamole!
Overheard during a twin pregnancy sometime last year:

"No, it's not a craving. Things I normally eat anyway don't count as a craving. Now get outta my way."

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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

3.6kg: 10 avocados and 3 mangoes.... no questions asked.

Mind you, I used the passebene so scanned it through myself and closed the bag (just) to be on the safe side.
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

I go off the deep end when I see the "tropical fruit sales". Reminds me of this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB0JKTplrEo

I also take it as a personal challenge to see just how many I can get in those bags...

my strategy is similar to that mentioned earlier:
- avoid the pineapples (not worth the value and just unruly). avoid the pomegranates (they most often end up turning my entire kitchen red).
- think of Tetris but with avocados, mangoes and the odd kiwi - I throw in a papaya if I am feeling wild... but only if I am committed to eating it asap to avoid that rotten sewer smell that only an over-ripened papaya knows how to emit.
- decide what food you need to live off a diet based only on avocados for dinner (and the trimmings) and mango-based smoothies for breakfast (with yogurt and ice cubes = awesome).

I have never been asked to remove any,and my bags literally are spilling over --- if something doesn't fall out at the check-out, I would likely go back to cram another piece on top.

I figure that given my 20-30k/year spending habit at that place (based only on when I do swipe my super card) that this 50% discount on the regular priced tropical fruit is Coop's way of saying thank you. Plus I tell all my colleagues repeatedly to immediately go buy tropical fruit at coop (and I distribute mangos to any co-worker I see = prob an awkward situation for all involved but I feel like santa for a half-day) so I feel like that advertising alone is worth the extra kiwi or 2 they throw at me during the glorious holiday that is the: "all you can cram tropical fruit bag" coop extravaganza.

"But on pretzel day... well, I like pretzel day." Classic.
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To actually come ahead, the bag has to be very full.
It really depends on what the promo is. This time, it's the tropical fruit one, and if you fill it with mangoes and/or avocados, you come out WAY ahead.

I've always stuffed these bags to the brim (not a snowball's chance in hell of the bag closing), including having leeks or pineapple leaves sticking out the top, and they've never batted an eye. Indeed, the cashiers were like "go you!" (I guess that's what Coop gets for paying its cashiers so little.)

The line "bei einem Gewicht von 3 kg: 1 kg = 3.32" doesn't state a maximum, it just says "at a weight of 3kg, 1kg costs 3.32" for comparison. I think it would be within their rights to insist the bag be able to close (as shown), but I've never had them complain at any of the several Coops I've bought them at over the years.
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

I stuff that puppy as full as I can and have never closed the bag. Never had any problems at checkout. Made chicken curry with fruit last night (spicy and hot!) with pineapple, papaya and kiwi. Gods I love that, OH too. And there's enough left over to have for dinner tonight, oh splendiferous day!
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Re: Coop "fill-your-own" fruit/vege bags....how full?

Thank you all for clarifying this as for some weird reason I thought you could only buy 5 fruits (!). This is what happens when you skim the text and look at the picture. :P

*prepares to go into tropical fruit frenzy mode*
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