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post #61 of 78
I didn't read all the posts pertaining to this, but I read a few. First, I agree. walmart is nasty. They are unpleasant. They send jobs out of the USA, so as to make their prices cheaper. Their employees are lacking in good benefits. However, Despite how much I dislike their bussiness ethics, they are cheap. That's the bottom line. A college kid trying to strike out on her own can't afford NOT to go to Walmart. That is where we got our furniture, our dishes, our groceries, our cat stuff, everything for our apartment. And let me tell you, had we went elsewhere, we would never have been able to afford all our furniture, let alone our groceries. I dislike them greatly, but what is my option? I find the situation depressing and rather sad.
post #62 of 78
I must admit, I do shop at wal-mart on occasion. I usually get items like paper towels, deodorant, kitty litter, and toothpaste there. I don't really care for their meat department in the superstores - I'd rather get my meats and veggies from Publix or Kroger. I did read that story about vlasic pickles, though, and essentially how wal-mart could be ruining America. I thought it was very interesting.

The main concern I have with wal-mart is what I call the "empty box" syndrome. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but wal-marts here are NOTORIOUS for building a store, and then, 10 years later, they purchase another parcel of land, in close proximity to the old store, build a bigger store than the old store, and leave behind an "empty box" once it opens, because usually the smaller stores that were in the old shopping center leave with it, or have to close in the long run. These "empty boxes" then become eyesores for the community. I think some sort of legislation needs to be passed, forcing them to renovate the existing stores and stopping the degradation of neighborhoods.
post #63 of 78
I like shopping at Walmart. I just don't go there on weekends or holidays or I wouldn't enjoy Walmart too much at those times.

Lisa & Sash
post #64 of 78
Personally, I'd rather pay slighter higher prices to support the "mom & pop" stores, get better quality, better service and have alot better feeling about my shopping experience, oh and make some new friends in the neighborhood.

We have 2 walmarts within 15 miles of each other and both suck! The people are rude (employees) , long lines at check out, and you know, they act like they are doing you a favor by doing their job. while this doesn't pertain to every employee, the vast majority it does IMO.
post #65 of 78
We must be extremely lucky at the Walmart we shop at. They are helpful, courteous, and always willing to be of assistance. A few know our names, and in that particular store, smiles are the order of the day. I'm going to amend that. 2 stores we shop at in 2 different states. The title of this thread always makes me laugh when I see it btw. The idea of a retail chain "destroying" America isn't something I can wrap my head around.
post #66 of 78
My husband and I were discussing this thread the other night. We both love Walmart and hate going to the other local grocery store because we can walk out of Walmart with only spending $40, but at Kroger's (the other store) with the same amount of stuff you could be spending around $100. It's stupid! We may be wrong, but we believe that Walmart stocks up more than once a week, rather than the other store that only buys what they need every couple of weeks and that's why the prices are so high. Even if Walmart was the only grocery store left, that doesn't mean that they can raise their prices. It's against the law..right?
post #67 of 78
I do have to say that I've not been to a Super Walmart, so I wouldn't know about it, but, I do agree that if you can save that much money on groceries, then go for it. I was speaking to other items that regular Walmarts sell.

I do know that they believe heavily in loss-leaders to get you in, for instance, Barbies are sold at a loss, and im sure other things. once you get in you rarely walk out with only what you went for.

Down the raod from me is a true value store, the prices are slightly higher, but the service and the friendlyness is awesome.
post #68 of 78
grampngram, I see you live in Los Angeles the same as I do. I don't know of many Walmarts here in L. A. The only store I know about is the store in the Crenshaw area at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King. Do you know of another one in Los Angeles? Or are you talking about Walmarts in the outskirts? I'm not too crazy about the Crenshaw store. They're not that friendly there.
post #69 of 78
We're up in the San Fernando Valley. We go to the one off the 118 in Porter Ranch. If you go to www.walmart.com you can click on "find a store" and it will list all the stores within 50 miles of you. The other walmart we go to would be a bit of a drive since it's in Arizona (which is where I am now)


Jeff
post #70 of 78
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Originally Posted by Imagyne
Personally, I'd rather pay slighter higher prices to support the "mom & pop" stores, get better quality, better service and have alot better feeling about my shopping experience, oh and make some new friends in the neighborhood.

We have 2 walmarts within 15 miles of each other and both suck! The people are rude (employees) , long lines at check out, and you know, they act like they are doing you a favor by doing their job. while this doesn't pertain to every employee, the vast majority it does IMO.
I have to quote Ken here to make my point. I live in a semi-rural shopping wasteland offering only "mom & pop" stores. The closest hardware, electronics and pet stores are a half hour to an hour away, are expensive, and have very little variety. I could drive to work (Stuttgart, the state capital and largest city), but that's a two-hour drive (one way) in rush hour traffic, plus a huge parking fee, so I take the train. There's no way I can lug a TV set or a 40 lb. bag of cat litter home from there on the train. I do most of our shopping on the Internet, and then have to worry about one of us, or a neighbor, being home to take deliveries.

To somebody like me, having a Wal-Mart nearby sounds like heaven. Need a cell phone, cat litter, toilet tissue, make-up, potting soil and a crockpot? You can get all that with just one stop at Wal-Mart. It would take me all day, with stops at at least three stores (that's assuming there's a garden center with pet supplies, and that the electronics store has crockpots).

My mom lives in a small Nebraskan town. There's a Wal-Mart "superstore" five minutes away, which she doesn't shop at, and another about twenty minutes away, which I love. It's clean, the personnel are friendly and extremely helpful, and they have a very good variety of just about everything.

I'd love to have the choice between small retailers and a place like Wal-Mart.
post #71 of 78
The last time I shopped at a Super Walmart I had a bad experience. I was in a hurry because I was meeting someone, and accidently got into one of the automated checkouts (the kind where the customer scans their own purchases), and didn't understand what I was supposed to do. There was a cashier overseeing the area but she wasn't helpful at all. I had questions about how the checkout process worked, and everytime I wanted to ask something I had to keep calling the cashier over because she kept walking away. It was really horrible and I felt soooo embarassed!

I think this type of checkout system is extremely inpersonal and a very poor way to do business. When I shop at a store I want to feel like I am valued as a customer, and an automated checkout doesn't give me this feeling.
post #72 of 78
Lorie--I don't like those type of checkouts either, I only use them like when I have less than 5 items and all of the other lines are full!
post #73 of 78
I preface this with the fact that I am a techie and highly antisocial. I like walmart because while I am not by anymeans destitute, I am in a position where I will bend over and pick a quarter up off the sidewalk. Walmart is ideal to me, and there is one in a very nice area of town that is enormous. The cats food and litter comes from there because molly refuses to eat anything other than fancy feast and iams, and only uses the box if it's full of tidy cat. Paige seems to care less. so they get fancy feast and iams, and a cat tree, and toys, and collars, for half the price it would be at the petsmart that's accross the way. My babies needs are not cheap, and if I can get the same thing for less enough that I can also afford groceries for the next 2 weeks and a leg of lamb for when my parents come over, who am I to complain? Admittedly, for most canned goods, I go to Aldi's because the groceries are high quality and incredibly cheap. I can get twice as much of what I want even if their selection is smaller. It reminds me of the aldi's in germany when I lived there.

On another note about walmart. I like that I don't have people chasing me around the store, and that I can check myself out. I can do it quicker, and make sure that the like things go together, so I don't get melted icecream all over now crushed and frozen strawberries and the like. I also like that this means I don't have to talk to anyone. However, when i do ask questions, they are almost always courteous.
post #74 of 78
Aldi! Here, even the very well-off shop there. Aldi is now facing a lot of competition here in Germany from Lidl and Penny-Markt - you can't beat the prices!
For the "Brits" reading this - IMO, not much can beat Tesco's, not even Wal-Mart's superstores. We don't have them in Germany, but there are quite a few Tesco hypermarkets in Hungary. Talk about an incredible range of goods, and low prices.
post #75 of 78
I still hate walmart and will never shop there no matter how much I can save. Thank God there is a state that said NO to walmart. Way to go Vermont!!!
post #76 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcat
My mom lives in a small Nebraskan town. There's a Wal-Mart "superstore" five minutes away, which she doesn't shop at, and another about twenty minutes away, which I love. It's clean, the personnel are friendly and extremely helpful, and they have a very good variety of just about everything.
Jcat, I didn't realize your Mom lives in Nebraska! What a small world! Heck, I've been in almost all of the stores in Nebraska at least one time or two since I work the the company. You never know...I may helped your Mom & didn't know it!
post #77 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shell
Jcat, I didn't realize your Mom lives in Nebraska! What a small world! Heck, I've been in almost all of the stores in Nebraska at least one time or two since I work the the company. You never know...I may helped your Mom & didn't know it!
My sister moved to Gretna, NE about thirteen years ago (her ex is a Nebraskan; he was in the Navy, and they met while his ship was being repaired in the Navy Yard in Philly.). My brother died shortly thereafter, and since Jean was in Nebraska, I was in Germany, and my parents had both retired, they decided to move to Nebraska to help with child care. They lived in Springfield (the town with the "Most Beautiful Lawn" competition, in my mind - how can you be so obsessed with grass when you're living on a prairie, LOL?), and then moved to Bellevue (Sarpy County). I've been living in Germany on a permanent basis since 1982, but now when I "go home for a visit", I'm not going to my hometown, Philadelphia, but to Nebraska, which is in some ways more different from Pennsylvania and the East Coast than Germany is. The people are extremely friendly, though, the crime rate is low, and everybody seems to have huge properties. Nature appears to be pretty intact there. The weather isn't exactly to my liking - too cold and snowy in winter, and too hot and dry in summer. Not to mention the tornadoes. It's not really "home" to me, but I enjoy my visits.
post #78 of 78
Wow...how interesting! That's great that your family seems so close knit even though your brother has passed. I'm so sorry to hear that! I know exactly where Springfield & Bellevue is since it's really not that far from me (only about 35 minutes away). I'm assuming the store that your Mom isn't liking is the Bellevue store. I haven't been to that store, but I hear about them all the time. They are one of the busiest stores in Nebraska & I don't blame her for not shopping there. I've heard both the good and the bad about that store.

Anyway, thanks for sharing that with me! When you decide to come back home for a visit, maybe we can meet up! How cool would that be?

Oops..sorry about hijacking this thread...

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