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User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

OK, this was actually Sam's Club, but...

I needed a new Bible (this has nothing to do with religion!), and we happened to be shopping at Sam's Club when I thought about looking for a new one. I found one I liked for $14.88 and decided to buy it. One of the next stores we visited was Barnes & Noble, the famed seller of books. I decided to check out their selection while we were there anyway. One of the Bibles they had on the shelf was the exact same model I had just bought at Sam's Club. It was marked down to the B & N special price of $44.99! They had to come from the same factory. Why does B & N have to charge THREE TIMES as much?

-TLG

PS That is exactly why I shop at Wal-Mart/Sam's Club. Same product-usually lower price.

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User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4863 times:

They print books in China now too?

User currently offlineT prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1029 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

Hey shop where ever you like, me, I never set foot in the place. I have my reasons but I won't mention them, this thread will just turn into a pissing contest otherwise.

Walmart does provide some entertainment though. http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/


User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4838 times:

Quoting mham001 (Reply 1):
They print books in China now too?

If it came from a sweat shop in China with child labor, then that's where Barnes & Noble got it too.

Quoting T prop (Reply 2):
Hey shop where ever you like, me, I never set foot in the place. I have my reasons but I won't mention them,

So you would go to another store and pay 3 times as much for the exact same product? Why?

-TLG


User currently offlineT prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1029 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4796 times:

Quoting TLG (Reply 3):
So you would go to another store and pay 3 times as much for the exact same product? Why?

Maybe I'd go to Costco instead.

Do you think that maybe Barnes and Nobles not buying 3 million copies of the same book and have a pallet load of them sitting in the stockrooms of every store just may have something to do with the price difference? Of course being able to tell the manufacturer of a product what they are going to sell something to you for helps give a pricing advantage to.


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15735 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4782 times:

Quoting T prop (Reply 4):
have a pallet load of them sitting in the stockrooms of every store just may have something to do with the price difference?

Actually, Wal-Mart (and I would assume Sam's Club) keeps very little inventory in the stock rooms. Most of what they have is on the shelves, and a lot of the inventory in the stockrooms is seasonal things.



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User currently offlineaf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

I'll be loyal to Minnesota based Target instead. I've only been to Walmart three times in my life and Sam's Club probably once, bad experiences at Walmart. I don't even know the difference between Sam's Club and Walmart. And their commercials get very annoying.


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User currently offlineflood From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4738 times:

Quoting TLG (Thread starter):
I found one I liked for $14.88 and decided to buy it.

You could have gotten a ton of M&Ms for that.

On a serious note, I see B&N has quite a large selection of reasonably priced bibles online and, although I would expect them to be a little pricier (and rightfully so imo), I'm a little skeptical they would be charging 3x more than Wallyworld for an identical book. Perhaps there was a difference in editions or covers hard/soft - or even a simple pricing error on either side, who knows. I'm almost tempted to go look myself. Almost  


User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4731 times:

Maybe I'm a little indifferent, but I really couldn't care less about how and under what terms a product gets to the shelf. If one retailer is selling an identical product cheaper than another retailer, they will get my business.

FWIW, the Bible was printed in Colombia.

Quoting flood (Reply 7):
I'm almost tempted to go look myself. Almost  

If you seriously want to check it out, just say the word and I'll give you the ISBN. I didn't check B & N online; maybe it is cheaper there.

-TLG

[Edited 2010-02-27 20:46:59]

User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8227 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4725 times:

When I go to B&N I always head to the Bargain Book section. Best sellers of yesterday for $5 or $6, less my 10%. I'll also buy the best sellers of writers I follow when I can get 40% off as they are about the same price as Sam's.

One key about Sam's is that they often buy one off job lots and clear them out. We get some good deals on a lot of items, but still find some grocery stores offering double coupons to be cheaper. It's amazing that it pays to subscribe to the newspaper if you use the coupons. ANd my wife was born in Scotland.  


User currently offlineT prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1029 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4704 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
Actually, Wal-Mart (and I would assume Sam's Club) keeps very little inventory in the stock rooms. Most of what they have is on the shelves, and a lot of the inventory in the stockrooms is seasonal things.

And if not in the stores then these items are in their distribution centers which quickly re-stock the stores. Actually Walmart is brutally efficient when it comes to this and pretty much every thing else they do. There is a reason 4 of the top 10 wealthiest people in the US are Waltons.


User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Quoting TLG (Reply 8):
FWIW, the Bible was printed in Colombia.

I didn't know we printed bibles to export here...
Pity it's not something else.



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User currently offlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Quoting T prop (Reply 4):
Maybe I'd go to Costco instead.

Do you think that maybe Barnes and Nobles not buying 3 million copies of the same book and have a pallet load of them sitting in the stockrooms of every store just may have something to do with the price difference? Of course being able to tell the manufacturer of a product what they are going to sell something to you for helps give a pricing advantage to.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):
Actually, Wal-Mart (and I would assume Sam's Club) keeps very little inventory in the stock rooms. Most of what they have is on the shelves, and a lot of the inventory in the stockrooms is seasonal things.
Quoting T prop (Reply 10):
And if not in the stores then these items are in their distribution centers which quickly re-stock the stores. Actually Walmart is brutally efficient when it comes to this and pretty much every thing else they do. There is a reason 4 of the top 10 wealthiest people in the US are Waltons.

Walmart (and in tun Sam's Club) has several other tricks to minimize costs. One trick is that if the stock does not sell they return it to the supplier for a refund. They are brutal.

I used to work for a company that was almost bankrupted by that little clause in the contract. They were a dedicated little company (Christian based company from the founders) that probably should have known better but misunderstood that Walmart would do nothing to push the product, they did no advertising to promote/sell the product (you had to "buy into" Walmart's marketing or do it yourself). The company I worked for gave Walmart the lowest mark up possible (something on the order of 4% margin) in order to just get it into Walmart because you HAD to be there to reach our customers. I guess they assumed it would be like others sales they did with other companies. Then at the end of the season, about half the product was returned back to us and to add insult to injury we were charged the return shipping cost as well.

The company almost went broke over it and it took years to recover from that "sale" (along with staff reductions, salary reductions, no bonuses, etc.). It was very bad. Ever since Walmart did that to "my" little "American made" company (OK my employer but I took it personally) I have disdain for Walmart. I realize it is business and that my employer should have done a better job of reviewing how the terms of the contact would be interpreted and applied but it made me not like Walmart.

I have shopped there occasionally but I hold my nose when I do it and I avoid it anytime I can (which is almost always).

Tugg



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User currently onlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1635 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4604 times:

The superstore Walmart here is open 24/7 and it has everything I need. Everything in this town closes before it even opens so the store is a great place for all the college kids to shop.

I love the place.

I shop for all my ethnic foods at a special store.



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4827 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4553 times:

Walmart is ok in cities where their are plenty of other shops etc and so provide some competion. Where Walmart (and other similar stores around the world) are bad is when they plonk a big huge superstore in a smaller town (or more likely on the outskirts of town) and take away all the business from the local community who have no hope of competing. Sure the shoppers can save a few bucks, but after a couple of years when businesses etc start to close down there isn't much money floating around and it affects the whole town. The Walmarts of the world ship most of their money back to HQ in effect draining the local communities. Like I said this is fine in a city as there is the population and competition to support it, just not the small cities/towns.


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User currently offlinefca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1757 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4511 times:

Quoting T prop (Reply 4):
Do you think that maybe Barnes and Nobles not buying 3 million copies of the same book and have a pallet load of them sitting in the stockrooms of every store just may have something to do with the price difference? Of course being able to tell the manufacturer of a product what they are going to sell something to you for helps give a pricing advantage to.

I'm from UK and I heard about walmart, and how they treat their employees, and I think it's disgusting. Like Recently they talked about taking bets on employees dieing and got health insurance for the company so the company makes money but not a penny to the employee.
It's annoying that walmart bought out UK's ASDA Stores...but we have Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons that are just as big  

Sometimes like with airlines, I will spend a bit more (Even though I have to watch my money) because of the work practices


User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4008 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4485 times:

Quoting fca767 (Reply 15):

I'm from UK and I heard about walmart, and how they treat their employees, and I think it's disgusting. Like Recently they talked about taking bets on employees dieing and got health insurance for the company so the company makes money but not a penny to the employee.

We've been watching too many Michael Moore movies, haven't we?

The idea that someone can actually make money by buying a whole bunch of life insurance policies is moronic at best. It is like saying you are going to "invest" your money by going to Vegas and gambling it all away on the ponies. By definition life insurance policies are priced so that, on average, the only entity making money is the life insurer (as they should, just as a casino should be the ones making the money, as they are the ones making the market and taking on the risk). Do you actually think Wal-Mart became the largest company in the world starting from a little general store in Bentonville, Arkansas by taking such stupid risks?



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4429 times:

If we had a Walmart here..I'd shop there. Who cares if something is made in China..things are so cheap in Walmart (compared to other stores)..




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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

Quoting Tugger (Reply 12):
They were a dedicated little company (Christian based company from the founders)

Just out of plain curiosity, what does that have to do with anything (the christian based part)?

Publix got too expensive for me, so we shop at WalMart. I hate it, but for the time being that's what we're gonna have to do to save a few bucks on groceries.


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11596 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Quoting af773atmsp (Reply 6):
I'll be loyal to Minnesota based Target instead.

I found I pay 50 cents to $1 more at Target to get the same thing with less attitude and better clientele. Plus, Target here is closer.

TLG: Your profile does not say where exactly you live, but there are many locally owned bookstores that sell quality books, sometimes even new, for very reasonable prices. Since you mention both Sams Club and B&N, I assume you are in a city. I would have looked around at a local store. Just a thought.



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User currently offlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 16):
Do you actually think Wal-Mart became the largest company in the world starting from a little general store in Bentonville, Arkansas by taking such stupid risks?

No, they made their money by consolidating:

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 14):
they plonk a big huge superstore in a smaller town (or more likely on the outskirts of town) and take away all the business from the local community who have no hope of competing.
....

The Walmarts of the world ship most of their money back to HQ in effect draining the local communities.

They grew by taking billions of dollars from local communities and shipping it back to Bentonville. The idea is effective, and a great business idea but it does damage to many communities (which is why there is a backlash, of course most communities can't do anything and people can't not buy at lower prices).

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 18):
Just out of plain curiosity, what does that have to do with anything (the christian based part)?

They were a little simplistic in their business practices, they practiced a certain ethic in their business which was based on certain values and they practiced them "religiously". That is to say they did not think that Walmart, that great American company, based on the heart of the bible belt south, would do damage to them. They thought it was a company with a great culture and a great respect for those they did business with (remember all the "Walmart buys American, and works hard to do so, we saved this American company "X" by working with them." commercials years ago?) This was years ago before everyone knew that Walmart was the biggest, baddest, toughest company around, that would do anything for its profit.

Tugg



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User currently offlinerwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3094 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

Why I hate WalMart (and Sam's, by association):

1) The stores are not pleasant places. Every WalMart I have ever been in has a trashy feel to it, with a cluttered feel and poor layout. The stores seem to act as magnets for a certain element of society that I prefer not to shop with. In the county I grew up in, there are three WalMart stores. Each of those stores is included in the top-5 sites that police are called to. I know several people who's first ever car break-ins or even muggings occurred outside WalMart stores. Compared with Target and Fred Meyer (a similar chain the Pacific Northwest), WalMart is easily the least pleasant experience.

2) WalMart does not respect the communities it enters. In my hometown, WalMart sued and sued and sued until the county commissioners finally let them build. In another nearby town in a national scenic area, WalMart has sued and sued and sued to be able to build a monstrous store 1/4 mile away from their existing store (which would then be abandoned and sit vacant). This is a company that will go to any length to force its way into a community, regardless of the environmental impacts. Which leads me to,

3) WalMart contributes to suburban sprawl. I can't tell you how many places I've seen WalMart build a store, just to abandon it 4-5 years when they decide to build a "Supercenter" right next door or across the street. Not only is more land torn up for the development, but in each case I've seen, the original WalMart then stands vacant as an empty building surrounded by a sea of parking.

4) In smaller communities especially, WalMart underprices local shops and puts these people out of business. In small towns across America, the little downtowns have been abandoned in favor of huge big-boxes on the outside of town. In many small towns, there's nowhere to buy underwear or a CD unless you want to go to WalMart. I don't like the idea of one company having so much pricing power, and I enjoy vibrant towns rather than ones that die at 5:00.

Frankly, I don't mind spending 1-2% extra to go to a store that is pleasant, feels safe, and where I am more in line with their business practices. In most cases, the goods are better quality anyways.


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15735 posts, RR: 27
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4187 times:

Quoting Tugger (Reply 20):
The idea is effective, and a great business idea but it does damage to many communities

Companies aren't in business for the community, they exist to make money, which Wal-Mart is pretty good at.

Quoting rwSEA (Reply 21):
The stores seem to act as magnets for a certain element of society that I prefer not to shop with.

That is very true, but it is the price one must pay to save money. I do go to Target as well, but (at least for the local store) they don't offer the selection of Walmart.

Quoting rwSEA (Reply 21):
In my hometown, WalMart sued and sued and sued until the county commissioners finally let them build.

What is wrong with a company going to court to get what it wants?

Quoting rwSEA (Reply 21):
WalMart contributes to suburban sprawl.

What's wrong with suburban sprawl?

Quoting rwSEA (Reply 21):
WalMart underprices local shops and puts these people out of business.

That is the way they do business, and money talks. Economics rules, and if there is no business case you go out of business, no matter how long you have been there.



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User currently offlinemirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4185 times:
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Quoting T prop (Reply 2):
me, I never set foot in the place. I have my reasons but I won't mention them, this thread will just turn into a pissing contest otherwise.

Ditto and rwSEA has a lot of reasons, just like me, why I can't support that corporation



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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2731 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 17):
Who cares if something is made in China..things are so cheap in Walmart (compared to other stores)..

Ask your neighbour who is unemployed what he thinks of jobs / manufacturing / supply, being outsourced to China?


25 rwSEA : It's bad for the environment in many ways, and further, it's very expensive for taxpayers to subsidize.
26 okees : I would agree with you, except that Wal-Mart claims to be involved in enhancing the communities it opens stores in. I had a cousin who worked at a wa
27 flanker : If its not for Walmart, half of Carbondale would be jobless. Really good thing they are here.
28 DocLightning : I remember in high school, my calculus teacher said that Sam Walton, who was a HS drop-out, actually had a pretty good grasp of calculus, at least the
29 Post contains images flanker : So you are more concerned about the environment than people living a good life? what a joke
30 Post contains images AirframeAS : You guys should look up what Wal-Mart did to pickle packer Vlasic. The reason why Wal-Mart is good at making money is because they belittle and cheat
31 Tugger : Do you think that Everglades National Park is a good thing? Tugg
32 Springbok747 : I'm pretty sure stuff sold in other stores are made in China too. Sure they're a bit more classy..but for stuff like t-shirts and groceries I'd shop
33 flanker : Same tools,tv's, computers, automotive parts,pizzas, meat, drinks, meds, bath stuff..etc.. THE JACK LINKS BEEF JERKY 3.50$ at Walmart, Everywhere els
34 Post contains images BMI727 : Maybe we should just all go back to living in caves. Nobody is forcing the suppliers to work with Walmart, and they can walk whenever they like. Of c
35 PPVRA : Makes towns poor. . .so it should also affect Wal Mart, right? It would be an unsustainable business model. Do we hear Wal Mart massively closing sto
36 Post contains links PPVRA : The Great Grocery Smackdown - Will Walmart, not Whole Foods, save the small farm and make America healthy?
37 flanker : A lot of people rely on Michael Moore for their views. Instead of common sense.
38 flanker : Thats how the one around here looks like, except it doest have as big of a produce celection. The one thing i have not been able to find in any super
39 Post contains images L410Turbolet : It can't be any worse than Tesco or Lidl treats its employees over here.
40 AeroWesty : From your link: "I wished I’d bought the identical Promised Land milk at Whole Foods, to see if there is in fact a difference in the branded food p
41 PPVRA : I have never noticed any product differences. Haven't cashed a check with them but have bought their money orders. Far better deal than your bank. Sa
42 rwSEA : Do you define a good life as living in a cracker-jack box that is indistinguishable from the one next door, and the only way to get there is to sit i
43 Post contains links PPVRA : Ah but it's not just WalMart that creates messes like that. And like before, a lot of this problem is due to how we handle our highway systems. I agr
44 seb146 : But, you have to admit: Wal-Mart contributes to it. Back in Gresham (on the east side of PDX) Wal-mart wanted to build a store on the site of a forme
45 PPVRA : I've never had to drive far to get to a WalMart. To a COSTCO yes, but not to a Walmart. This is what happens when you claim it's the state's responsi
46 Post contains images AirframeAS : My point makes a lot of sense. Look at what Wal-Crap did to Vlasic.... Google search it. And you missed one thing I wrote.... Except the grocery side
47 flanker : LOL...keep dreaming. Dill is seasonal and I don't know why giardianara isn't sold around here. Subway doesn't even offer it.
48 Sulley : I'll begrudgingly shop at Wal-Mart. I can handle purchasing things like light bulbs, cleaners, canned goods/snacks, etc. from them, but I will not buy
49 CanadianDC10 : Man, I know what you mean. I hate Wal-Mart for 99% of the things they have. They only thing I ever buy from there is makeup. Their clothes, groceries,
50 BMI727 : Still nobody is putting a gun to the suppliers' heads. They can either play by Walmart's rules, or don't play. Deciding which is more profitable is t
51 rfields5421 : Now I have to admit that I don't like Walmart in general. It has killed too many small newspapers, small radio stations, a Walmart going into a typic
52 Post contains links Tugger : You just disproved your own comment..... The logic may seem flawed but it is not, Walmart continued to take money from more and more communities and
53 BMI727 : That is a decision that the company's management must make. If the small town newspapers elsewhere are anything like the newspaper in the small town
54 N6238P : Take a walk down Rt.51 and tell me all the vacant buildings and closed businesses aren't a result of big box stores like Wal-Mart undercutting small
55 AirframeAS : You can keep repeating that until you are blue in the face. In short, I get what you are saying!
56 Tugger : But you were commenting that no one is holding a gun to anyone's head. It is a similar decision process to when a mugger demands your money (no I am
57 Springbok747 : Actually..it says "warm wash, no spin dry". I've always washed my trousers..and nothing ever happened. Lately the quality of all clothes seem to be d
58 ACDC8 : So in other words ... Gillette, Samsung, Sony, HP, LG, Apple, 3M, Wenger, Victorinox, Leatherman, Tetra, Coleman, GE, RCA, Goodyear, Michellen, Braun
59 Post contains images Zkpilot : It is not the largest company in the world by a large margin. Don't even get started on that! Firstly its bad for the environment, Secondly it often
60 PPVRA : Sorry, but I haven't seen any of this. Dollar General is around many places WalMart is, not "after". Same with Big Lots, etc. If WalMart has closed s
61 Sulley : FYI - Target in AU is not the same in AU as it is in the US.
62 CanadianDC10 : Pfffft, are you kidding me? This is NOT the case. The quality, fit, and style of the clothes in WM is far below the standard of a regular clothing st
63 Post contains links PPVRA : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...ows/walmart/transform/protest.html Anti-competitive monopoly practices? Destroying purchasing power of customer
64 Post contains images CanadianDC10 : I never said it wasn't cheap...... That wasn't my point though...... I was replying to someone's post. And I didn't say anything about Target. We don
65 ACDC8 : Pfffft, no I'm not. Sure it is. So, you're telling me that the Levi's or Nikes or Dickies I buy at Walmart are of a different quality, fit, style and
66 TLG : That is my point exactly. I do not have an inflated income like a lot of people on this forum seem to. I am raising my family on one rather modest in
67 seb146 : I heard a story about a portion of the 101 in Marin County, maybe a local can fill in more details, but, the way I heard it is: A section of the 101
68 ACDC8 : We've been buying cheap Chinese junk long before the likes of Walmart and co. Half the stuff I got as a kid back in the 70s was made in China, Taiwan
69 Post contains links AeroWesty : Yes they are, actually. Levi's created the "Signature" line in order to produce a line of clothes they could sell at WalMart's price points. See: htt
70 Dazed767 : Ah gothca! Well I read a few months back that Walmarts master plan was to start taking out the competition...Kmart etc. Scary thought.
71 ACDC8 : And the Levi's 725, Red Tabs, etc? How about Samsung, LG, Sony, Canon, etc? Do they all produce seperate lines just for Walmart? Is the Canon XTi I b
72 melpax : Big W is as close as you'll get to Wal-mart in Australia, minus the 6 buck an hour workforce. I believe Woolworths worked closely with Walmart at som
73 Springbok747 : Big W is pretty good..the stuff there is of decent quality, but you're right with the similar signage used etc. Walmart stuff (especially clothes) ar
74 melpax : You're right about Big W, a lot of the stuff is pretty good, even better than K mart. The last time I was at my local Big W, they did have some cheap
75 Post contains links MoltenRock : It's actually quite profitable given the way US accounting work and the expense / tax deductions allowed under US law / accounting rules.
76 ThirtyEcho : A nice quiet place to read your new Bible would be in your boarded-up, empty downtown. You know, the place where all the mom and pop stores used to be
77 ACDC8 : Must be a US thing, Downtowns here sure aren't boarded up ... in fact, Walmarts have a tendency to actually spring up larger shopping areas with seve
78 Post contains images Springbok747 : ....like a Walmart
79 Sulley : What part of Canada do you live in? I'm kinda like ORLY? in regards to your comment. I know the major cities such as Toronto have thriving downtowns
80 TLG : Same here. The downtown area in my local town, a small midwestern town, is still thriving, with very few empty buildings. It looks now a lot like I i
81 futurepilot16 : Even if that retailer is working 5 year old kids 20 hours a day in sweatshops and paying them 10 cents a week for their work?
82 Post contains images AirframeAS : That's odd, take them back. No, Vlasic was trying to hold it's bottom line when Wal-Mart did not care. It was more than just the bottom line, it was
83 ACDC8 : I live in the interior of BC, within a 60km radius (in 2 cities) we have 3 Walmart Supercenters and since they've been built, multiple plazas and oth
84 BMI727 : My hometown (without a Walmart) has seen its fair share of business closings. But many others are doing fine, including a hardware store despite havi
85 futurepilot16 : Well I never said that. But they certainly perpretrate it just as much as any other company. I wasn't referring to walmart alone. He said "Any produc
86 Post contains images ACDC8 : Absolutly. We've had businesses close before Walmart ever came to town, and before you know it, new businesses went in ... some successful some not s
87 CanadianDC10 : I think we get it. You freakin' love Wal-Mart and hate it when other people don't so you defend it like it's your own child.
88 Post contains images ACDC8 : Oh please I could care less if you or anyone shops at Walmart or anywhere else. But if you're going to spout off total BS saying that brand name prod
89 CanadianDC10 : Now when exactly did I say that the SAME brand name products are of lesser quality at Wal-Mart than at other stores that carry the same brand? Infact
90 hoons90 : The Wal-Marts I've been to Canada seem alright in terms of cleanliness and lighting, but the one I went to in a Miami, FL suburb was absolutely terrib
91 Post contains images ACDC8 : You said ... ... no where did you say that you were just referring to Walmart's in-house brands (in regards to clothing). If you find Walmart's in-ho
92 T prop : You sure suppliers can walk when ever they feel like it? Take Procter & Gamble, the worlds largest consumer product manufacturer, a company many
93 Post contains images AirframeAS : When I worked at Target, I got *gasp!* actual benefits! Google is your friend, sir. They were under investigation a couple of years ago about overtim
94 BMI727 : Which means that Walmart has leverage and can more or less make the rules. Which is exactly why they give in and work with Walmart's terms. Walmart k
95 ACDC8 : And how many countless other retailers/fast food vendors don't offer actual benefits? But lets jump on the bandwagon here and singleout one business.
96 FlyPNS1 : In many cases, yes they are crap and it's because of Walmart that they are crap. In order to satisfy Walmart's demands, many manufacturers have had t
97 Post contains images ACDC8 : So, they are not of any lesser quality than the same product from another store ... correct? Actually, I use the Gillette Sensor Excel disposables. F
98 OA412 : I've found that you have to be very careful with what you buy at Walmart. While many groceries and some cleaning products are indeed much cheaper than
99 Post contains images ACDC8 : Absolutly and bang-on! Compare, compare and compare which is why I said ... ... in my first post, but apparently that means I'm having an affair with
100 AirframeAs : I got actual benefits, thats my point. Don't know what to tell you.... *shrug* You chose to work at those places. Sure! Read any of your posts on thi
101 ACDC8 : And some people don't need them because they already get them through their partners or parents plans. Just like many *shrug* choose to work at *gasp
102 NorthStarDC4M : Personally i hate walmart and refuse to go near the place... but only because of the other customers, seriously (i also refuse to go near the local no
103 Post contains images TLG : Funny you should mention this when I just saw it at one of the local Walmarts. Excuse the quality of the photo; I quickly snapped it with my phone. -
104 Post contains images AirframeAs : In this economy? Nuh-uh! Oh, you have! You did not have to say it directly. Let's do this and do everybody a favor on this thread: Lets agree to disa
105 Post contains images ACDC8 : Ever go to Value Village .... Lord the smell of that place ... LOL ... always get a laugh out of those signs. Found another one yesterday on a TV, ha
106 PSA53 : Hmm...Not any more,at least here in the Inland Empire.Two Wal-Marts I've been to,many prices have been increased and even exceed some other retailers
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