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View Poll Results: Do you shop at Walmart?
Yes 20 48.78%
No 10 24.39%
I try to avoid it 11 26.83%
Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-21-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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Looks like I'm going to have to disagree with OP's idea of not shopping at Walmart. I live within 30 minutes of 3 Walmarts. Since many of them have remodeled, it's seems so much better now. Shoppers have more aisle space to go with their carts. You don't get cut off by pallets halfway down the aisle like it was before. Unless some young store employee happens to leave one of those big ladders laying out and blocking the aisle.
What I can't find at one store, I'm able to at the other and vice versa. I visit and shop other places as well, it's just that the store is conveniently on my way home and I can get two or 3 different type items in Walmart, that I couldn't find in say, Kohl's or the like. If I stop just in a grocery store but yet, I find that I need to get garden hose, it's pretty much unlikely that I will find it there. So, yeah - Walmart does have an advantage when it comes to the overall shopping of diverse items.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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In the past 8 months or so I have had to go to WalMart 3 times to get what I need because the other stores I tried to patron didn't have what I wanted. That's about to happen again in a few months because a shoe store that sold a brand I liked has discontinued them. Therefore, I will go to WalMart when they open in Sept.

So for me, it isn't a case of "cheap prices" but availability.

I also have to laugh whenever I hear about employee practices. Hell, everyone in Oregon thinks Fred Meyer is such a big deal because it's local (or, rather, it was until NY's Kroger's bought them out). In the 90's they cut all their employees to half-time so they wouldn't have to pay for health insurance. And, no, the savings in costs didn't go towards hourly wage (so I've been told).
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Mom and Pop stores started being destroyed when Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Ward and your local supermarket started appearing.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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I never shop at Walmart. For starters, there are so many other stores (big and small) that are closer to my home than Walmart. Why drive further than you have to?
But even if there WAS a Walmart just down the street from me, I doubt I'd ever step foot inside. I see no point in making the multi-billionaire Walton family any more filthy-rich than they already are. From Forbes: Current net worth of Wal-Mart heirs (as of 2009)... Christy Walton ($21.5 billion), Jim C. Walton ($19.6 billion), Alice Walton ($19.3 billion), and S. Robson Walton ($19 billion).
No thanks, I won't be contributing. Better to keep the money in the community by shopping at locally-owned stores.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I shop there once in awhile. I do not buy groceries there, and I don't buy clothing there, so there aren't too many other things I shop for....maybe the occasional waste basket or something like that. I prefer to shop at places with better amenities and better customer service....which is just about any other store.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Everyone here shops at Walmart because there are no other stores closer than an hour away.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I shop there once in awhile. I do not buy groceries there, and I don't buy clothing there, so there aren't too many other things I shop for....maybe the occasional waste basket or something like that. I prefer to shop at places with better amenities and better customer service....which is just about any other store.
Ditto for me. Their grocery selection leaves a lot to be desired IMO. I actually used to buy clothes at Walmart years ago when they had that whole Made in America thing going that they have sinced dumped in favor of Made Cheaper in China. I am still wearing some of those clothes! I find that the customer service is sorely lacking at many of the stores as well. But I don't "not" shop there, I'd just rather frequent other places.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I shop at WalMart occasionally, when I'm in one of the two cities in my area that has one.

I was just reading the thread in this forum about upselling, how many retailers make their employees hound you about signing up for their store credit cards, etc. I'll say one thing for WalMart, you can shop there without being hounded about signing up for the store credit card, or asked for your phone number, or pressured into buying more stuff.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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So many seem to knock Walmart whenever they see a "Made in China" label, but have they bothered to turn over the labels at the other stores too? I see plenty of the "Made in China" labels at the higher end stores too.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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I don't shop Walmart because I know about their products. I've seen the invasive species quarantines, I've seen the lower price alternative pieces, and I've seen the shadow manufacturing industry they have. If I was buying I want to compare apples to apples, but sometimes (more often than you think) the products are not the same. They may look the same, they may act the same for awhile, but they are not the same.
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