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Clever gadget for supermarket trolleys

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grandimars Sat 15-Jun-13 14:24:00

I've just acquired a Noken (=no token) to unlock a supermarket trolley without needing a £1 coin. It hangs on my key ring but unlike those tokens you can get, it doesn't remain in the trolley. You insert, unlock, twist to remove and put it away. It's not circular so it's great for arthritic fingers. It cost 2.99 euros (was posted in Bulgaria so took about ten days to arrive).

Greatnan Sat 15-Jun-13 15:20:56

Every supermarket in France, as far as I can tell, gives tokens freely - they are usually in a bowl on the counter. They come out of the trolley just as if they were a €1 coin. I haven't seem many trolleys being misused in France, even though it would be just as easy to steal them as it is in England.

annodomini Sat 15-Jun-13 15:29:55

In our Waitrose there is a sign telling us that if we take a trolley out of the surrounding area, it will lock. I don't know anyone who has tried this as my friends are a law-abiding lot, but I presume it's a deterrent to those who would dump trolleys in the local lake. So no need for coins or tokens here.

FlicketyB Sat 15-Jun-13 15:43:23

A clever gadget for a supermarket trolley would be one that enabled it to automatically take itself to the repair bay when the wheels stopped steering straight.

ninathenana Sat 15-Jun-13 17:21:59

I have just googled Nolen

Apparently they are a sanitary ware manufacturer grin

ninathenana Sat 15-Jun-13 17:22:26


dorsetpennt Sun 16-Jun-13 09:59:13

These have been available for years haven't they? One of our local supermarkets provided little plastic wheelie baskets as well as the usual type. One day I noticed most of them had gone. Upon enquiry I was told that OAPs stole them as they make great laundry baskets. shock

Elegran Sun 16-Jun-13 10:29:36

How did they know it was OAPs? If they saw them wheeling them away they should have gone after them to bring them back.

It is not only OAPs who put their washing into plastic baskets to take it to hang up.

Charleygirl Sun 16-Jun-13 11:04:41

My local Waitrose must think that the local punters are a law abiding lot because the trolleys are free. Some are dumped around the car park but not by many as most folk return them. At every other supermarket and also eg Homebase a £1 coin is required.

Last week every trolley was replaced and I am enjoying the new experience of not struggling with trolleys.

grandimars Sun 16-Jun-13 12:01:54

ninathenana I saw that too but it seems to be a completely different company. The difference in the email address is an s:

wisewoman Sun 16-Jun-13 22:31:07

They have been around for years and are usually on sale for charities, ie you pay £1.00 to the charity and get the keyring with a metal token with their logo on it. I have a CHAS one - Children's Hospice Association. Are charity ones only around in Scotland?

Ana Sun 16-Jun-13 22:36:57

I don't understand this. I thought the idea of the £1 coin 'deposit' was to make sure you'd return the trolley to the trolley park afterwards. confused

j08 Sun 16-Jun-13 22:43:27

I don't get it either. Defeats the object of the pound thing.

FlicketyB Mon 17-Jun-13 12:50:22

My local supermarket in France gives out free plastic jetons that you use in the trolleys instead of euros. They also work in other shops.

I find the advantage of them is that you do not accidentally spend jetons. I always find that when I need a £ or eoro coin to put in a trolley mechanism I do not have any.

grandimars Mon 17-Jun-13 15:12:57

I appreciate the point about charging £1 to ensure that trolleys are brought back, but for me there are practical considerations. a) I don't have to rememebr to have a £1 coin handy b) I have previously forgotten to take my token/£1 out of the trolley when I've finished shopping, and most importantly c) I have arthritic fingers and it is hard to get the coin/token out. This noken is about 2" long and narrow so I can get a good grip on it.wisewoman it is not the sort of token you get in charity shops etc, it is more anchor shaped.

wisewoman Mon 17-Jun-13 16:31:22

Oh I haven't seen those grandimars Sounds like a good idea. The charity ones just mean you don't need to worry about having a pound coin in your purse as you always have a token on your keyring. You do remember to take it back so you can use it again so it serves the purpose - if you know what I mean. confused

grandimars Mon 17-Jun-13 16:45:29

Yes, I used to use one but once didn't remember to take it out after I'd unlocked the trolley and extracted my bags. With this one, you insert it, unlock and remove so it never leaves your hand.

Lilygran Wed 19-Jun-13 12:13:01

Grandimars thank you! Sounds like a very good idea. Our local Waitrose has recently gone over to coin-in-the-slot trolleys and dished out tokens to everyone. Problem: the tokens have beveled edges and are almost impossible to remove without tweezers, especially if you have arthritis.

ninathenana Wed 19-Jun-13 14:17:25

Just found them on e-bay £1 + £1.50 p&p

Eloethan Wed 19-Jun-13 20:24:12

Tim Dowling in The Guardian is embarrassed to use his "trolley token" - can't say it bothers my husband.

ninathenana Thu 20-Jun-13 09:13:00

Eleothan my DH and I have one each. I really don't see how they are gender related as reporter seems to think.

jemimavic Thu 20-Jun-13 15:22:04

This sounds like a great little gadget that my poor fingers have been waiting for! Have just visited the web site and bought one via Paypal - at least I hope I have bought one as it is a very confusing purchasing system (not the Paypal bit) I must be more stupid than all the other grans on here.

j08 Thu 20-Jun-13 18:02:02

I really wish I understood how these are better than a real one pound coin. If you forgot to take it out it would cost you £2.50 to replace it. A real pound coin would cost you, well... £1.

Please someone, let me in on this. confused (probably being really thick)

Stansgran Thu 20-Jun-13 18:19:45

We have so many different shops around our Arnison centre,some of whose trolleys require £1 coin some free. Many people just abandon their trolleys and late one evening I calculated that if I could be bothered I could have made around £10 just re homing the trolleys. A bit like taking pop bottles back as a child. DH was quite taken with the idea.

Elegran Thu 20-Jun-13 18:49:56

If kids could get something for returning empty bottles and cans there might not be as many of them lying around.

Arthritic fingers must find that gadget easier to extract than £1 coins.