What do you think of WalMart?

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  1. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    What do you'll think of WalMart? Do you shop there, or do you see it as a monopoly like Microsoft?
     
  2. MacFan25 macrumors 68000

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    I don't go there very often. I don't really look as it as a monopoly though. It seems to provide lots of jobs.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I wouldn't call a billion dollars in retail sales every few days anything but a mega-retailer.

    As they say, just getting a product on the shelves of Wal-Mart can really drop some dollars into the suppliers revenue projections.

    Though Wal-Mart really hammers their suppliers, always asking for more nickles and dimes off their prices.

    They also do a lot of loss leaders to attract business into their doors. They are real good at finding the key products that draw people in -- selling them below cost -- and then making it up when the customer fills their cart with more "deals." This business model hurts competitors, because, prices are lower at Wal-Mart.
     
  4. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    my thoughts-- sure their products are cheap, but they're also cheaply made... and you have to deal with an unreasonably rude staff to get them. at least that's the way it is around here... i go to target if i can help it at all...

    pnw
     
  5. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    don't they keep their workers from unionizing?

    i thought i'd heard that.
     
  6. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I've never been to a Walmart. Couldn't even tell you if there is one in our area, don't think there is one.

    I enjoy there commercials. They must be doing something right!
     
  7. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    Good for one thing.

    Low prices...

    I abhor going to our local Walmart, but WalMart.com has the same low prices and the shipping isn't too bad. They had the best price on a Norelco electric razor I was looking for before Xmas by quite a bit. I also bought my friend an expresso machine for around $25.

    They have their place, but they're better from a distance...
     
  8. Zion Grail macrumors regular

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    WalMart is not a monopoly, but I don't particularly like them either. Never got a good feeling going into them.
     
  9. beez7777 macrumors 6502a

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    i don't really mind wal mart, they are good for some stuff, but what kinda annoys me about that store is their pricing. stuff would be like, $5.87. i never understood this. people are gonna round up to 6 dollars anyway, so why not charge $5.99? this is stupid. they coould be making a lot more money by doing this. it doesn't sound like much, but 10 cents on each purchase can make quite a difference.
     
  10. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    I've never been to a Walmart. I don't think we have one in L.A...

    Time to check Walmart.com!

    EDIT: We do have a Walmart in L.A. It's on Crenshaw, 11 miles from where I live. Too bad I don't really want to go there... We have a nice new Target in Eagle Rock.:D
     
  11. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    yep. there have been some issues that employees want addressed, and walmart doesn't want the hassle. i'm not a huge pro-union person but i think there are definite uses for them, and this is one...

    Consider yourself very lucky :)

    pnw
     
  12. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    I do.
     
  13. medea macrumors 68030

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    There was a discussion a while back that brought out some peoples views on walmart, pretty funny stuff so Ill see if I can find it.
    As for me, I absolutely hate going to walmart, the staff are generally unhelpful, rude and in some cases, dirty. most of the customers there seem to share the same qualities. I may paya little more shopping at Publix, but I always leave the store in a good mood and the stores are always clean so it's worth it. And I have been to several Walmarts so I know that its not just the one's here.
     
  14. medea macrumors 68030

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  15. howard macrumors 68020

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    havn't been to a walmart in years...used to like them...that was a long time ago, theres none around me now though
     
  16. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Just walking through the store can be such a drag with people always in your way, i bought my first mac there but now you cant buy any mac stuff so i guess that tells you how i feel.
     
  17. mikulashek macrumors member

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    I was in a Walmart once, and I'll never step foot in one again. I think that the Gamecube commercial, that shows the clerk ringing up the Gamecube and Metroid Prime after shining the barcode reader into his eyes, is based on Walmart electronics employees.
    Honestly I felt like I was in a circus, I prefer smaller grocery stores with friendlier staff.
     
  18. mc68k macrumors 68000

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    a lot of the lower forms of life there. depresses me every time i go there. i always go there to buy one thing and end up standing in a line. i only go there for cheap sh*t.

    like a glorified 99¢ store.
     
  19. wsteineker macrumors 6502a

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    We studied Wal-Mart in an honors lyceum here at school. Basically an analysis of their social and economic impact on the towns in which they locate. The conclusion was that Wal-Mart kills small towns. Here's what I mean.

    Wal-Mart moves into small town X with low prices on damn near everything and employs the hell out of the town. That seems like a good thing, right? Well the low prices (due to bulk purchasing) drive local independent retailers into a situation where they can't compete with Wal-Mart on a price or selection basis, thus forcing them out of business (eventually). As unemployment rises, the economy of small town X goes through the floor, leading to lowered consumer spending. As Wal-Mart experiences slowed revenue due to said unemployment it begins to lay off workers to increase profitability. This (obviously) increases unemployment and further decreases consumer spending. Eventually, when the town is bled dry as a result of this cycle, Wal-Mart simply closes up shop and moves on. This was a HUGE problem for small towns across America in the '80s, and it continues to be a problem today.

    That said, they have their benefits. They can be an asset to larger towns and cities where they don't have quite the leverage that they exert over the aforementioned small towns. Still, I can't see supporting a company that has such an awful track record of outright destruction.

    Just my $.02.
     
  20. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    I used to shop at Wal-Mart, but I will not step foot in a Wal-Mart store ever again. I have to work hard for my money and I don't like spending it at the worlds largest corporation. They don't need my money and I know a few people that used to work there and they pay low wages and treat their workers poorly. Their clothes are terrible and their electronics are all seconds. I would rather spend my money at Sears or Kmart.
     
  21. iJon macrumors 604

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    wal-mart pay like crap compared to many places. i think the thing that cracks me up the most is walmart has all these billions and billions of dollars, but yet when they buy something from someone they always look for the lowest price.i guess they still shop the way they originally made. although i had lots of respect for sam walton and i think his children have taken some of that respect people had towards walmart. anyways, i have a wal mart trivia question for you guys. What is one of the main reasons Walmart has greeters in the front door.

    iJon
     
  22. scem0 macrumors 604

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    WalMart's OK. Don't have anything against them...
     
  23. funkywhat2 macrumors 6502a

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    The office supplies are okay. I'm not a big fan, but sometimes they have decent stuff. They're clothes are cheap, and I don't personally like the way they look. I bought some socks there once. Fell apart the first time I washed them. Didn't feel like going back. I got my school supplies there. Those were decent. But there is no use that I see for a place like WalMart if you go to, say, a BJ's or something. The stuff there just feels better. And the store doesn't seem, well, sterile. (SP?)
     
  24. bcsimac macrumors 6502

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    Walmart

    Walmart is ok. I got a good hunting jacket for $60 bucks. The outdoors store in town didn't have a hunting jacket for less than $180 bucks. I don't have that kind of money so I went the Walmart route that time. I still buy all my live bait, fishing tackle, fly fishing equipment, and line at the outdoors store in town. I also use Walmart's phone cards.....they work best for me. I don't buy any computer equipment there though. I ocassionally buy Christian Music CDs there only because they still have some old Point of Grace, Jaci Valesquez, and Carman CDs that I really like. I buy all the new CDs at concerts or at the many local Christian bookstores we have here. The Christian bookstores get a lot of business from me......simply because I need a lot books for classes and for sermon study and writing......you can't get those from Walmart. NPH also gets a lot of business from me because it is the denomination's bookstore and I have to buy denomination specific books for certain classes. I have bought a few clothes from Walmart because they are the only one in town who sells clothes.....have to make trip to Erie otherwise.....not always safe in our snowy, icy, cold weather. Unfortunately, the guy who mentioned that Walmart puts small town businesses out of business is correct. Edinboro's mall and shopping strips are nothing but a ghost of their past. Walmart is the only big employer here.....except for the state university. What will keep Walmart in business here is that we have a state university in town.....the college students love Walmart.....I see them there everynight buying all kinds of junk. I think it wouldn't be successful otherwise. The college really changes the economics for this town compared to our sister towns. Our sister towns totally depend on the prisons for their economy. Prison jobs are at least reliable jobs.....only problem is making sure ya don't get killed in some of them. Union City is a prime example of a small town in this area that needs either a Walmart or a Prison to even really stay in existance......Union City was totally dependant on chair manufacturers and furniture manufacturers......all of them have closed shop.....Union City is dire straits. I think Sam Walton wouldn't be exactly pleased with everything Walmart does though.
     

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