Based on my experience - which is all I can talk about - I'm usually
out of the door quicker when I self-check than when I wait on line.
Maybe it's just my HD, but there's usually at least one self-check
station open when I walk up but usually more than one person on each
When there's not, I use a cashier, which is often quicker than doing
it myself - if there is no line. I can scan my card while (s)he's
scanning items. By the time (s)he's done, all of my info is in the
I don't mind paying the same price at both stations as long as I have
options for getting out of the door faster.
One problem with the self checkout (besides when the damn thing won't
scan), there are times when you can't check yourself out.
For example, if you have nuts and bolts that you picked out of a bin,
you have to have a cashier to look them up in a book.
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