Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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No-cart shopping

Just tap the shelf then collect items at checkout
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At a supermarket, you tap your credit card on the desired items. No need for shopping cart. At the checkout, wipe again. The items slide down a chute into bags next to you.
doanviettrung, Nov 20 2008

Argos - UK retailer. http://en.wikipedia...ki/Argos_(retailer)
"Customers browse through the Argos catalogue, select items to purchase, pay for the items, and then collect the items from the in-store collection desk or have the item delivered to their home." [Jinbish, Nov 20 2008]

Shopping Concept Shopping_20Concept
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       you haven't really explained how all this will happen, so it appears to be *magic shopping*...
and how will you pick up all the bags unless your car is at the end of the chute?
xandram, Nov 20 2008
  

       The UK retailer, "Argos", has a system where you enter the shop, browse through the catalogue, enter the merchandise number into a kiosk, pay be credit card, and pick up the items as they are borught to a collection point, via conveyor belt.
Jinbish, Nov 20 2008
  

       I like the cart. As my groceries build up, the cart becomes a mini representation of my kitchen at home.
phundug, Nov 20 2008
  

       There used to be a store, "Best", that had a showroom (and a catalog) you could browse. You'd select the catalog numbers, go to a checkout to pay for them, then pick them up similar to the Argos concept. "Best" wasn't, so they aren't.   

       I'm not sure I'd trust warehouse folks to pick the milk with the longest expiration date, then deliver it with my bread and eggs, undamaged, down a chute. As for anything else (canned vegetables, flour, apples, etc) why have shelves at all? Let me buy online and pick up at the storefront.
phoenix, Nov 21 2008
  

       Sounds like Tesco.com with the added inconvenience of actually having to go to the store.
wagster, Nov 21 2008
  

       //What if the interface was verbal?// It would never work Ge-Ge-Ger-Granville, fork handles and all that.
zen_tom, Nov 21 2008
  

       Let me guess, for more product info, you *double* - click your credit card on the shelf space?
4whom, Nov 21 2008
  

       [wagster] I suppose some people prefer physical shopping (they can touch, smell, etc.), but hate pushing the trolley and waiting at the checkout. No, [phoenix], they probably won't give you the longest-lasting eggs. I didn't think of that.
doanviettrung, Nov 23 2008
  

       //wipe again//   

       Indeed. Make sure you've gotten all of this idea off before you flush.
MikeD, Nov 23 2008
  

       well why would there even need to be the items there? could be just a picture of it.   

       but also its nice to view the food your purchasing so that you can consult your list or think of other ideas to go with certain food items
liquidgecko, Feb 14 2011
  

       Not only do I like it, but actually I built an application for this, for the automatic Turgeman supermarkets. We were going to build an automated storehouse. The project was stopped with the crash of '01   

       I was once in a shop in Deleware where you tick off the items you see on the shelves on a card, and then receive them to your car outside. We bought my daughter's baby-backpack with wheels there.
pashute, Feb 14 2011
  
      
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