wikiHow to Use the Walmart Self‐Checkout

Two Methods:Ring Up Barcoded ItemsRinging Up Fruits, Vegetables and Fresh Produce

Whenever you enter your nearest Wal-Mart store, you are always greeted by self-checkout machines. They look quite tough to master, but the process is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

Method 1
Ring Up Barcoded Items

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    Bring your items up to the register/machine.
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    Press into the machine your choice of language. Since this article is based on the English version, tap the "English" button.
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    Take the first item out of your cart and look for its barcode.
    • If the item doesn't have a barcode, it will have a little tiny sticker with a given number. This is especially used when dealing with fruit.
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    Turn the barcode so that the machine can read it. Turn the item so its at a 45 degree (approximate) angle so the scanner can read the code.
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    Keep waving it around the scanner until you hear a sound like a "beep".
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    Move it quickly away from the scanner, but do NOT place it in the bag, until you see the "Proceed to Checkout" border-light begin flashing a whitish color.
    • If you accidentally place it back into the scanning area, you may end up repurchasing another copy. Call over the register attendant to help fix this problem. Press the "Help" button, to signal a call for Help.
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    Open up the first bag and begin bagging.
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    Scan and bag all items until you're only left with food from the fresh produce department.
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    Don't at any time, place any extra weight on the machine, or you may end up paying for more than the real weight of your produce.
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    Remove the item from the scale. Wait for the Finish/Continue button to begin blinking. Place only one item at a time, through the barcode scanner.
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    Finish scanning any other items. Coupons can be entered singly, and inserted into the provided slot.
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    Wait for the "Proceed to Checkout" light to blink.
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    Tap the "Proceed to Checkout" light.
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    Follow the system prompts to select your payment method. Most registers accept cash, but they also accept Walmart gift cards, credit cards of all sorts, as well as most checks (this requires the help of the checkout staff). There are other forms, but they are less common, so be sure to look at the screen to ensure your payment method is available or ask the nearest staff member for help.
    • If paying in cash and you have an even amount more than the purchase, always insert your coins first, then the paper money. Use the examples provided on the machine's deposit area to show you which way to submit your money.
    • Gift card payments are tricky, but can be done. After touching "Walmart Gift Card", swipe the gift card in the credit-card reader, then scan the card's barcode from the back.
    • If you need to make two forms of payment where one of them is cash, use the Cash option first. If your second option is credit card, after placing in all your cash that you'd like to use for the purchase, tap the "Pay with Card" option after your see your "paid amount entered" increase to the amount of money you had/have available. Swipe the card. If the secondary payment item is something else, ask the employee verifier how the secondary payment can be made, as each one is different.
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    Take your change below the scanner, along with your register receipt. You're all set!

Method 2
Ringing Up Fruits, Vegetables and Fresh Produce

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    Proceed up to and ring up all items on the Wal-Mart Self Checkout register. Scan in all the items that have barcodes and that don't need additional lookup or weight measuring to proceed.
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    Look down at the first piece of fruit you'll need to ring up. You'll see a sticker on it. The sticker will have a number that is marked starting with the character "#".
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    Place the item onto the scanner's scale with the sticker facing up. Don't allow any other item to be placed on the scale, otherwise you'll end up paying for more than what the weight really was on the item.
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    Press the "Fresh Produce Lookup" button to open a list of items you can choose from.
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    Press the "Key in Code" button (which should also contain a 10-digit keypad looking icon on same said button).
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    Touch each number on the screen that corresponds to each number on the piece of fruit.
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    Press the OK button to ring up that piece completely.
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    Remove the piece of fruit from the scale, and place it into the bag.
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    Ring up any other pieces of fruit that may still be existing in your shopping cart or shopping basket.
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    Press the "Checkout" Purchase button to complete the purchase.

Tips

  • Although Walmart doesn't have a rule for the maximum number of items they'll allow you to ring up, try to keep the self-checkout for use when you have only a few items, to avoid slowing other shoppers down.
  • If you brought your own bags, place them on the turntable the moment you walk over to the scanner. Press in the button "I brought my own bags." This will trigger the bags weight. Make sure they are completely open, so all you have to do is start bagging without allowing the bag to rise up off the turntable scale.
  • Put all fruits of the same type and sub-type together. If you have naval oranges and blood oranges, they aren't the same, and should be rung-up separately. However, if you have naval oranges in one area of the cart in one bag, and another bag of even more oranges (for the same order), sure, ring them up at the same time.
  • The Self-Checkout is so "self" that you are the one who has to bag/pack the items at the other end of the machine.
  • You don't have to worry about inputting five (5) cent bottle redemption fees if your state participates in the program. The computer will automatically add these fees to your order for you (and will know exactly how many it should charge you for, if the amount of bottles in the pack was a multi-use pack). However, you can't obtain the money back, if you try to scan the bottle redemption receipts you obtained from the recycling machines at that particular store (for this, walk it up to the self checkout employee or Customer Service register to redeem).
  • Unlike most checkouts, there is no lead-up belt before the checkout. There is one slightly one-foot long overhang piece that can accompany a Walmart shopping basket and nothing more.
  • If, at any time, you don't feel the need to bag the item (such as sunglasses or some small item), the machine will ask you whether you want to bag this item. Press the Do Not Bag button. But be forewarned that after a few "Do Not Bag" actions, it will request an associate for verification, so follow the on-screen prompts if that happens.

Warnings

  • Your orders are being watched! There is an associate stationed near the exit of the self-checkouts watching every action that is occurring in real-time with their register for each and every self-checkout register's orders, to make sure orders are fulfilled correctly, prevent theft, and also to watch to make sure all problems are solved in a timely manner.
  • Not all scanning issues can be resolved by the user. Sometimes, the machine asks for verification from the employee who must enter/scan their badge. This can happen for various reasons, including age verification, the product requesting the person buy a service plan (home goods items and the like), and lots of other things.
  • The "Look Up Item" is surely a hassle for fresh produce, fruits and vegetables. If you want a time-killer, use it. Tap the button, and find the item in the list. Use the folder-like setup on the left-hand side to find the one type of item, and narrow the search down even further until you find the appropriate item on the right-hand side of the screen.

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