Software Advice’s poll (which we mentioned a few weeks back) asking the question, “Do you support getting rid of paper receipts?” has closed. Although it is not a scientific study, the poll attempted to ascertain consumers’ preference/thoughts on the idea. Possibly taking a cue from Apple, which has gone to electronic versions of the paper slips, an overwhelming majority of respondents to the poll were in favor of excising the paper trail.
Standing in line at Staples last week, the economic side of the debate reared its head. The gentleman in front of me purchased a pack of 8 rolls of receipts. The final bill came to $32.39 with tax. The fiscal toll on small business owners adds up over time. While an electronic system may have upfront costs, it should not have the recurring expense of paper receipts; not to mention the ink needed to print them.
Check out the graphic below for the results. More than 225 people took part. Thanks to all those that voted.
[Pie Chart: Courtesy of Houston Neal]