End of the paper receipt: what will change for you on January 1, 2023?

The end of paper receipts is scheduled for January 1, 2023. This measure has gone a little unnoticed… and yet it will change your daily life and perhaps your private life as well.

The paper till receipt will disappear from the tills from the 1er January 2023, date from which its systematic printing will be prohibited. This measure of the anti-waste law of February 10, 2020 is a big step for the environment… But can you still request a paper version? Which products are exempt from this new rule? Will you be required to provide your email address?

What changes on January 1, 2023?

The automatic printing of a paper ticket at the bakery, supermarket, restaurant, cash machine will become history on January 1, 2023. Why? The law of February 10, 2020 on the fight against waste and the circular economy provided for this deletion. With an environmental objective (30 billion receipts are thus printed each year), but also health in the context of the fight against dangerous substances present in receipts.

Which paper tickets are affected and in which stores?

According to the text of the law, bank card tickets in sales areas (supermarket, shop, etc.) and establishments open to the public (restaurant, bar, cinema, etc.), those issued by automatic machines (bank distributors, cinema counters), vouchers purchase and promotional or discount tickets will all become digital.

On the other hand, you will always have a paper bank receipt for “the purchase of so-called “durable” goods such as household appliances, computer equipment or telephone devices, for example. Bank card receipts relating to operations canceled or making the object of a credit will also always be the object of a systematic impression.

To obtain a printed receipt, the consumer will now have to expressly request it from the merchant.

What will it be replaced by?

By a dematerialized bank receipt which will be sent to you by email; by text message ; by message in the buyer’s banking application (using the bank card sends the e-ticket automatically to the application); by QR code (allows you to retrieve your e-ticket from a web page).

Collection of personal data and trace of purchase?

Problem: it’s a good way for brands to collect your personal data without you really realizing it. Even if in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the collection of data from the buyer is subject to his explicit consent, ensures the text.

Another concern: if you refuse to have a digital ticket, you will no longer have any possibility of verifying that the calculation is correct, the price of such a product and its evolution. “Without a receipt, you will often be unable to claim warranty claims if the product turns out to be defective. Nor will you be able to prove that the damaged or unsafe product you are returning was purchased from that store,” writes 60 Million consumers in this article. Indeed, the only trace of the purchase will be the display at the checkout of the amount of the transaction.

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