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.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

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Who was paid to make it?

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What skills does it take to make it?

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Where was it made?

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What does it cost to make it?

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What is it made from?

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

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Who or what assesses its quality?

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Where is it sold?

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Who or what sells it?

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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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How do you and others value this commodity?

See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.

Total times valued1
Positive (↑)Consistency
Negative (↓)Longevity
Overall Positive21
Overall Negative-19
Controversy20 (0 = most controversial)
  

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
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Questions and answers

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Conversation

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A middle class shopping list?

by scharfrichter on April 28th at 9:51am

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