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Old Aug 18, 2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Do you shop at Wal Mart?

I feel this is an appropriate question in this thread. Do you shop at Wal Mart? Yes or No?

Myself? I choose not to shop at Wal Mart, they might offer rock bottom prices and they are open 24/7.

However, they are destroyers of small business, decent paying retail jobs, American manufacturing, main street, and standards.

The other thing is, they don't offer clean stores, good service, quality goods or food, or decent service.

Also, they leach taxpayer funded programs to subsidize their wages.

Now, I respect that anyone has the right to shop at Wal mart. But I feel I am far to well informed to shop at Wal Mart. I can't give money to a company whose single purpose is to destroy main street, destroy small business, and take out mom and pop, even if it means selling at a loss.

I am just picking out Wal Mart because they are the most viable, many other companies are guilty of the same crap. Wal Mart is still the worst offender.

I understand that shopping at Mom and Pop stores only goes so far, but I would perfer to give my money to a small business or a regional business than a criminal outfit like Wal Mart.

Also, have you ever SMELLED a Wal Mart? its not good

Now I admit that I HAVE shopped at a Wal Mart before, last time being in 2009, we were on a job and needed another compact flash card in the middle of the night, Wal Mart was open, and they had a compact flash card that would work. ( Yes, Compact flash, the surveying cameras we were using often go for 80,000+ new, and 25,000+ used, so they don't get replaced until they fail )

Other than that I can count the number of times I've spent money in a Wal Mart on both hands.

I think if more people knew what a leech Wal Mart was, they wouldn't shop at Wal mart.

Plus they don't have quality food or goods.

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Old Aug 18, 2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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I don't, due partly to the reasons above
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 11:25 PM   #4
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I agree with the OP on all of those reasons to not shop there. However, one of the biggest reasons I don't shop there:

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com

'nuff said.

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Old Aug 18, 2013, 11:31 PM   #5
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I go to shop their on the occasion that I need something quick and cheap. Example, my blender broke and I need a new one, or when buying chips/soft drinks.
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 11:38 PM   #6
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The last Walmart I've been to was probably over a decade ago when I was stationed in Pensacola, FL. I bought a good sized GE microwave from them which is still going strong today.

The closest Walmart to me is in NJ (11 miles) or Long Island/Queens border (14 miles). So I really never been tempted to even see what they have now or their prices. Nor do I care to, ever since the treatment of employees became well known and especially since a guy was trampled to death on black Friday at the Long Island/Queens border location several years ago.

I personally enjoy shopping at Costcos and BJs.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 01:00 AM   #7
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I shop there on occasion.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 01:08 AM   #8
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I don't care for Walmart, just don't like the store layout, atmosphere, and such. I prefer Target. It's just a personal preference.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 01:25 AM   #9
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Occasionally. If K-Mart was still open 24 hrs I would go there sometimes.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 01:51 AM   #10
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I don't care for Walmart, just don't like the store layout, atmosphere, and such. I prefer Target. It's just a personal preference.
The atmosphere definitely says a lot.

In California, it is legal for people to solicit you at Walmart, so you could get harassed for anything, whether legit or otherwise, while walking into or out of the store.

While some of it is harmless (e.g., a girl scout troop selling cookies), you do have the occasional people trying to solicit you for things, even up to the sob stories about needing change to make it somewhere, going from person to person to person that they see. I've been asked for money for at least 4 different things walking in to a Walmart the last time I was there. To avoid it I had to check out and exit by the garden center.

Unless I have to for an extreme reason, I won't step foot into another Walmart again, Walmart Neighborhood Markets (their grocery store) included. Targets here don't have that problem, as they have a no solicit policy, plus it had to have been from a lawsuit Walmart had in the state. Target may be all of 3 cents more expensive than Walmart, but at least I'll have the harassment-free shopping, and the quality is better.

Sam Walton's business model is ingenious, as it did change the way brick-and-mortar commerce goes, but the quality suffers badly, and they do cater to the really low brow.

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Old Aug 19, 2013, 02:55 AM   #11
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I was at Wal*Mart yesterday, Saturday afternoon. I had just came from the ATM before going to Wal*Mart and all I had on me were $20's. I had left home forgetting my small change. I get up to the register with two packs of sodas and the total came to $6.02. I handed the cashier a $20 bill fully expecting to get $13.98 in change.

I was STUNNED! She gave me $14 in change. Wal*Mart gave me 2 cents.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 05:35 AM   #12
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I'd rather be Tasered than shop at WalMart. It just seems to sum up for me life out of balance. Eeeeeewwww.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 08:05 AM   #13
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No, I refuse to shop there.

Last time I shopped there was in 2008 when I was in college, because it was a small town and they were the only place. Since graduating and leaving that hellhole of a town, I've boycotted them. 5 years and still going, and never intend to ever set foot in one ever again in my life. That includes Sams Club too.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 08:11 AM   #14
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No Wal Marts here..
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 08:48 AM   #15
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 08:53 AM   #16
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I tend not to shop at Asda (the UK chain that is part of the WalMart Family). Not because of any of the above reasons. Simply because I prefer the produce and products at others.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 09:29 AM   #17
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No Wal Marts here..
You mean: "no more Wal*Marts here" as theyhad to unconditional surrender to the tough competion.


Not sure thats really a good sign ....
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 09:32 AM   #18
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Nope. Way too many other options than that hell hole.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 09:39 AM   #19
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I don't like Walmart due to their miserly employee policies, their contribution to driving small manufacturing overseas, and their self serving corporate attitudes just about everything. But on occasion, I go there when I can find something there that I can't find at another location, like my favorite deodorant.

For this type of shopping I prefer Target.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 09:43 AM   #20
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Meh no thanks I prefer Target, Costco and King Soopers. Walmart just gives me the creeps when I walk in, besides there aren't many close to where I live but there are plenty of Targets and Costco's.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 09:53 AM   #21
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I shop at Wal-Mart but not as much as I used to due to proximity. I am originally from Northwest Arkansas, the home of Wal-Mart so shopping there is supporting my local community and businesses. Wal-Mart has done a lot of excellent things for our community and it certainly wouldn't be as nice of a place to live without the influence of Wal-Mart.

With that said, I now live in Minneapolis which is the home to Target. I enjoy shopping at Target very much and it is no doubt a nicer shopping experience than Wal-Mart. Targets are closer to my house so I tend to shop their more. I still shop at Wal-Mart because the same shopping list will be significantly cheaper at Wal-Mart versus Target.

With that said, all the big box retailers help put small businesses out of business, Wal-Mart is usually the punching the bag because they are the most successful. Home Depot and Lowes have a huge impact on local hardware stores. Best Buy has had a large impact on local electronics stores. Amazon is eating not only small businesses but also big box retailers as well. Even our beloved Apple has put many small, independent Apple retailers out of business, but you'd never know that browsing this site cause no one likes to mention it in the same discussions as Wal-Mart.
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Amazon are in some ways worse, but at the same time are probably not as bad. They are driving a lot of the big-box electrical retailers and most book stores out of business. But they don't impact my local butcher, baker or grocers.
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Amazon are in some ways worse, but at the same time are probably not as bad. They are driving a lot of the big-box electrical retailers and most book stores out of business. But they don't impact my local butcher, baker or grocers.

Amazon is making a hugh push into groceries. Just a matter of time until it hits the UK.
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Amazon is making a hugh push into groceries. Just a matter of time until it hits the UK.
Amazon sells everything. I bought a 6" plumbing gasket from them that I could not find at a local plumbing supply store that contractors use! More and more stores are going to a system where they only stock the stuff that sells frequently. The other stuff is kept in a regional warehouse for online sales. This is the future.
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Amazon is making a hugh push into groceries. Just a matter of time until it hits the UK.
Yes, it may well be (Hugh Push sounds like a porn star though). But convenience is key for groceries. I want my food now. Tomorrow (or later) is no good when you are hungry. And they only deliver when everyone in my house is working.
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