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Old 08-31-2013, 04:33 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:49 AM
 
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I wouldn't take any of their Chinese toy junk if they told me to load up the whole section for FREE. I wonder if they also include their tacky clothing on layaway?
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:05 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I wouldn't take any of their Chinese toy junk if they told me to load up the whole section for FREE. I wonder if they also include their tacky clothing on layaway?
I agree - let's to got WalMart and get their stuff........
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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I don't go to WalMart, either.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:46 AM
 
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Man and I was gonna put some brisket on layaway!
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I wouldn't take any of their Chinese toy junk if they told me to load up the whole section for FREE. I wonder if they also include their tacky clothing on layaway?
I dont know about their clothing but their toys are the same ones you can buy anywhere.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:56 AM
 
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I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a case of beer today.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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No surprise.

Wal Mart does it, so HEB will do it.


Considering they are at war for retail market dominance in this town. You can expect going forward that whatever one does, the other will do something very similar soon thereafter.

It is what it is, short term the consumer wins, long term, TBD.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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HEB always tries to do things to compete with Walmart, and most of them don't work out. The way they're trying to sell clothes and tv's right now is a waste of floor space...HEB's prices on electronics just aren't competitive unless it's some brand you've never heard of, and their clothes are mostly like shopping at Fallas Paredes without the low prices.

Layaway is a big hassle for stores. They have to store the stuff and do the paperwork on it for maybe a couple of extra dollars. Walmart had done it for years, and then they quit doing it, and started again during the recession because there was a demand for it. Kmart used to do a lot of layaway business when we still had Kmart here.

One thing about Walmart vs. HEB is that Walmart builds pretty much the same store everywhere, they don't build a fancy one in an upscale area and a small, dirty one in less affluent areas. If their meat and produce were better, I'd shop at Walmart all the time and skip HEB.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Layaway is a big hassle for stores. They have to store the stuff and do the paperwork on it for maybe a couple of extra dollars. Walmart had done it for years, and then they quit doing it, and started again during the recession because there was a demand for it. Kmart used to do a lot of layaway business when we still had Kmart here.

One thing about Walmart vs. HEB is that Walmart builds pretty much the same store everywhere, they don't build a fancy one in an upscale area and a small, dirty one in less affluent areas. If their meat and produce were better, I'd shop at Walmart all the time and skip HEB.
They don't do layaway to make money on the layaway, they do it to get the sale vs a competitor that offers layaway. I can't even contemplate the need for layaway: is it for people not disciplined enough to save their own money, yet disciplined enough not to go into debt to buy something they cant yet afford? Or is it for the bottom the barrel that have exhausted all ways to go into debt, yet are still trying to buy things they can't afford?

Regarding HEB vs Walmart, the only way you could get me to shop at a Walmart is to rename all the HEB's Walmart. Walmart is awful. You are correct though, they are all equally as bad.
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