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Old 11-02-2014, 01:01 AM
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People hate Walmart for the same reason they hate Obama.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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This lady would actually detain people from leaving the store and create a line. She stepped in front of my cart as I put the receipt in one of my bags, asked to see my receipt, and told her no, that it was in a bag. She went through all my bags until she found it. All of my items were in bags. Walmart is NOT Sam's, customers don't sign a contract consenting to a search. What she did was illegal search and seizure, there are no signs posted on WM property warning customers that they will be subjected to such a practice. I called the store manager, regional manager, and even though this practice rarely continues in our area it left a horrible taste in my mouth.
Yep, that's my experience with Walmart too. You can search my bags one time, and one time only, and I will cooperate fully, and then I will never, ever again step foot in your crappy store. Guess what store I will never again set foot in?

No one with an once of self-respect would shop at a store like that, and be treated that way. Especially not when you can go across the street to Target and pay just 2% more, and shop in a nice clean store where disgruntled employees don't scowl at you for walking in the door. That leaves only the dregs of society to shop at Walmart.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Some claim the Wal-Mart in their town is a dump and only lower class citizens shop there (not sure how they know this unless they're shopping there as well).

We have three Super Wal-Marts, several 'regular' Wal-Marts and several Wal-Mart Neighborhood stores. Have been in each and they are all clean, well lit, and employees have great customer service skills.

I shop there because I can save at least $1.00 or more on each product.
You do understand that to save that $1.00 you are spending much more on higher taxes, to subsidize Walmart's under paid employees with public assistance to pay for their food and healthcare that they can't afford on Walmart's wages, right?
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:01 AM
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You do understand that to save that $1.00 you are spending much more on higher taxes, to subsidize Walmart's under paid employees with public assistance to pay for their food and healthcare that they can't afford on Walmart's wages, right?
Those who shop at Walmart probably save a lot more on prices than they pay in extra taxes, because part of that tax burden is on those who don't shop there. If they advertised, "shop here and get free money from taxpayers" do you think they would get fewer customers or more?
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:27 AM
 
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I don't get it. Every Walmart I've been to is rather nice and clean. I can always find what I want and the prices are nice. It's no Saks Fifth Avenue or any upscale store, but it's certainly a lot better than my local Kmart store!

Why does everyone hate on Walmart so much, especially when so many of the "haters" tend to shop there? Is it because a lot of poor people shop there? Is it because the store doesn't pay their employees that much? Most retail stores DON'T pay their employees much to begin with, but these jobs are really meant for part-time supplemental income and/or kids to get their feet wet in the job market.
You're right I don't get it. I've met people who absolutely hate it but, that's mostly the Occupy Wall Street crowd.
I actually like Walmart. Their food is quality stuff. I personally know wealthy people who shop there for personal stuff and goodies or whatever. They don't have to, they just want to cause it's convenient and Walmart carries everything. I don't see what the drama is all about?
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Florida
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You do understand that to save that $1.00 you are spending much more on higher taxes, to subsidize Walmart's under paid employees with public assistance to pay for their food and healthcare that they can't afford on Walmart's wages, right?
Why single out Walmart when the same can be said for every single other minimum wage, or close to it, employer?
Is WM the only employer that pays a low wage?
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:41 AM
 
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Why single out Walmart when the same can be said for every single other minimum wage, or close to it, employer?
Is WM the only employer that pays a low wage?
The Occupy Wall Street mentality is that success is bad. If you're running a successful business, you must be an evil capitalist.

These people harken back to the anarchists and socialists of the early 1900s, who literally advocated blowing up businesses to change the world.

To my way of thinking, businesses are not supposed to be bad or good; they simply exist and provide economic activity on which we all rely. The US in decades past has been particularly adept at fostering a competitive business climate.

Many of these folks who hate symbolic success stories like Walmart would tear down this system and replace it with some kind of mediocre quasi-socialist society such as has been tried in parts of Europe and the Communist countries, with disastrous results.

Sure, there are always excesses and some form of government watchdog is needed to prevent a total oligarchic take over, but we have to be careful and not throw out the baby with the bath water.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Yep, that's my experience with Walmart too. You can search my bags one time, and one time only, and I will cooperate fully, and then I will never, ever again step foot in your crappy store. Guess what store I will never again set foot in?

No one with an once of self-respect would shop at a store like that, and be treated that way. Especially not when you can go across the street to Target and pay just 2% more, and shop in a nice clean store where disgruntled employees don't scowl at you for walking in the door. That leaves only the dregs of society to shop at Walmart.
King Soopers/City Market/Kroger actually can be cheaper when you use their card and factor in the fuel discounts.

JC Penney can be cheaper for clothes when they are on sale, Walgreens for some other odds and ends. Target and Amazon for anything else, and local stores which I frequent when possible. There is simply no need to go to Walmart anymore.

I've found I save money this way because I'm going to a certain store to get certain items, not just picking up a ton of things I don't need. Again, when I talk to other people they also agree after trying it for a few weeks and have found that it's better and more pleasant to avoid Walmart. Around 30 people so far, but word of mouth adds up, if they tell 30 people....
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I try not to shop there, but sometimes it's the only option if I'm in a certain town (I drive around for work during weekdays). I try to shop at other stores or "mom and pops" if I can help it. I will say I wouldn't classify any of the Walmarts around here as being "dumps." Most seem reasonably clean and well run.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I don't have a problem with Walmart. We have 6 area stores and they are all busy. Not sure who hates them. They all seem to be very busy. I remember that the first store they opened even used to be open 24 hours a day. Sometimes I wish that they had kept the stores open all day and night. People are always saying that they drive other business out of town. Which is funny because around here the first store to open maybe 20 years ago was the anchor for a large shopping area with maybe 30 other stores. Everything that you can get at the other stores you can get at Walmart but they still compete. One store sells clothes. They mostly feature pants but have other clothes. It is a single unit store, not part of a chain. They are busy all the time even though you can get the same thing at Walmart. What they do offer is service. You can buy a pair of pants and they will hem them up for you on the spot. They will sew patches on clothes for you. We brought in out kids Doboks and they sewed on the patches. They charge for it but so what. You can even bring in pants that you bought at Walmart and they will hem those up for you or if you want tailor them to fit.

I don't see Walmart as the problem, I see lack of adapting as a problem. To stay competitive you need to change how a business is run. That is part of competing. If you can't offer lower prices then offer something else and market the heck out of that. You can not beat Walmart of pricing. They are the king of the low price. You can beat them on service or services that they do not offer. There are things that just do not fall into Walmarts business plan that another business can explot to make money. Think of car makers. Ferrari builds less than 8,000 cars a year and is a profitable business. Ford makes millions of cars each year and is profitable (most of the time) If you can't be the Ford be the Ferrari.
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