Shopping Receipt

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A thin strip of heat sensitive paper coated with a fluoran leuco dye and the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Characters are formed on the paper by fine heated pins.

Where and how is it used?

This type of shopping receipt is used in practices , where goods or services are bought face to face, such as supermarkets, small shops, some market stalls. The receipt is printed at the till and handed by the cashier to the shopper. The receipt notes the goods purchased, the total cost and information such as VAT numbers.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

Some reports estimate that cashiers and consumers touch 11.2 billion paper receipts per year at a cost of £33 million

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Shopping receipts tell us something about the exposures and labor of commodity exchange. Most shopping receipts are coated with the chemical BPA, which is considered to be an endocrine disruptor. As cashiers and consumers touch the receipt in the transaction of exchange, BPA can transfer readily to the skin in small amounts. Exposure for a person who repeatedly touches thermal printer paper, for ten hours per day, for example, a supermarket checkout worker can reach 71 micrograms per day.


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How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

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Where is it used?

In shopping tills

Where is it kept?

Within a shopping till

How and by whom is it cared for?

The cashier

How long will it last?

Fairly degradable

Where will it go when it's finished with?

landfill

What is it worth?

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A middle class shopping list?

by scharfrichter on April 28th at 9:51am

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