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Old 01-02-2016, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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No Dollar General in my area. We have Dollar Tree and $.99 Only. I shop at Walmart, use coupons, and comparison shop. I check the sale flyers every week, and buy what I currently need if its on sale, and not just at Walmart.
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Old 01-02-2016, 01:33 AM
 
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I've presumed by comments here that Americans are more affluent than I once thought. It strikes me that way because people here don't seem to mind more expensive purchases versus what the same thing at Walmart costs and it is not important to them. There are many things I do not like about Walmart but for me my budget just doesn't stretch very far.
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Old 01-02-2016, 05:35 AM
 
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I do not plan to shop online for anything , so I will support the workers in the shops
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Old 01-02-2016, 09:12 AM
 
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"Lower strata employee", hmmmmmmmm.


I always have to wonder what you guys do to always get treated "badly" no matter where you go, whether it's Wal-Mart or CVS or a car dealer or a restaurant or wherever.
I make a point of noting the names of so-called "lower strata employees" and speaking to them by name when I say "Good afternoon" or whatever. When I see them frequently, I memorize their names and say, "Hello, June" or whatever from across the aisle. Or, "Hey, Stewie, that new beard looks good on you."

And you know what happens? They begin to remember me as well and deliver better service. After greeting June by name a few times, she will see me instantly the next time I appear to be looking for something and will come over to check on me. Or if I walk up and say, "Excuse me, June, do you know where...." (especially if she's not wearing her name tag that day), she'll take extra time to make sure I find what I want.
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:21 AM
 
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I make a point of noting the names of so-called "lower strata employees" and speaking to them by name when I say "Good afternoon" or whatever. When I see them frequently, I memorize their names and say, "Hello, June" or whatever from across the aisle. Or, "Hey, Stewie, that new beard looks good on you."

And you know what happens? They begin to remember me as well and deliver better service. After greeting June by name a few times, she will see me instantly the next time I appear to be looking for something and will come over to check on me. Or if I walk up and say, "Excuse me, June, do you know where...." (especially if she's not wearing her name tag that day), she'll take extra time to make sure I find what I want.
I could never pronounce any of the walmart cashiers names at the store i go to because most of them are from the middle east. The people who came here for a better life to work at Walmart
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:23 AM
 
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I make a point of noting the names of so-called "lower strata employees" and speaking to them by name when I say "Good afternoon" or whatever. When I see them frequently, I memorize their names and say, "Hello, June" or whatever from across the aisle. Or, "Hey, Stewie, that new beard looks good on you."

And you know what happens? They begin to remember me as well and deliver better service. After greeting June by name a few times, she will see me instantly the next time I appear to be looking for something and will come over to check on me. Or if I walk up and say, "Excuse me, June, do you know where...." (especially if she's not wearing her name tag that day), she'll take extra time to make sure I find what I want.

Pay attention people. The post above is the best advice on this forum. And not surprisingly, it works EVERYWHERE, not just at Walmart.

As far as "lower strata employees", I have never had a problem with them anywhere. However, I can't begin to tell you how many times lawyers and experienced real estate agents have been downright nasty or gone off on me on a hate filled rant, and that was after I brought them business.
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:43 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I don't like the way Walmart takes over and kills the smaller businesses. Hooray for towns that won't allow Walmart in; that way the town keeps its own shops and maintains its own character.

I go to Walmart every once in a while though. It was by far the cheapest place to get a battery for my car yesterday. We bought a tv there one time. Other than that, even though I'm on a strict budget, I can do without it.

We are lucky to have a good chain of grocery stores that's cheaper than Walmart. We shop at the Dollar Store for paper products, dish soap, and other similar products. T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have name brand clothing. Walmart ruins everything with their greed and I won't support them.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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For those who remember the mom and pop clothing,five and dimes,shoe stores,movie theatres and all other independent businesses from years ago they were hijacked by the malls and big stores like penny's,Sears,Macys or super stores like Meijers,krogers and hundreds more. We sprung right into action and made our one stop to the mall to see a movie,grab lunch, buy some shoes and didn't bat an eye on running off the independents. Prices went up. Now if your not on a bus line nor have a car good luck for many to even get to a store.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:49 AM
 
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Anyone who works for their living is first-rate, IMO. The "low-strata" are those on welfare, etc. Its a complete contradiction in terms, to call an employee "low-strata".

I shop Walmart for lower priced items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc. Also, Walmart's diabetic supplies--their Relion brand--is way cheaper than any others. I mean cheap enough I can actually afford it!

The Relion brand is only in Walmarts and is a great product. I just now have to get a meter and test strips. I couldn't believe it when I saw $122.00 for 100 test strips at Target Pharmacy. Relion is under $20 for 100 test strips.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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I make a point of noting the names of so-called "lower strata employees" and speaking to them by name when I say "Good afternoon" or whatever. When I see them frequently, I memorize their names and say, "Hello, June" or whatever from across the aisle. Or, "Hey, Stewie, that new beard looks good on you."

And you know what happens? They begin to remember me as well and deliver better service. After greeting June by name a few times, she will see me instantly the next time I appear to be looking for something and will come over to check on me. Or if I walk up and say, "Excuse me, June, do you know where...." (especially if she's not wearing her name tag that day), she'll take extra time to make sure I find what I want.
Good point and it does show that you can draw more bees to honey than a spoonful of vinegar will. Respectfulness and common courtesy go along way. Many times the wealthy in our society have the good manners and kindness that often isn't shown by the wannabes who kind of think they made it and you see them everyday.
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