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Old 08-10-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Enough with all the "Wal-Mart is a horrible, rapacious company" threads.

I LOVE Wal-Mart. Why? Let me count the ways...
  1. They save our household thousands of dollars every year.
  2. They employ thousands of people here in Las Vegas alone.
  3. They have a great return policy.
  4. They're open 24 hours.
  5. Their pharmacy's $4 prescription program covers about 95% of prescriptions written.
  6. They let truckers and other travelers use their parking lot and facilities overnight.
I'll start with that. List the reasons you LIKE Wal-Mart. No need to bash them here - there's plenty of other threads for that.
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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I like Wal-Mart because they keep their prices reasonable on many of the grocery and dry goods items I use frequently. Their produce prices are reasonable and they have a surprisingly good supply of organics. My son loves 100% juice boxes and if I had to buy them from the local grocery store, I'd grow broke trying to keep he and his friends hydrated. Wal-Mart's price - 2 for $4, local grocery store -$3.49 each. As a single mom, I can't afford to pay the extra dollar and a half per carton.

If folks don't like Wal-Mart, they should stay away from it. Nobody is twisting their collective arms to shop there.

BTW--I worked for a Wal-Mart in Texas before I got my degree. They paid slightly more than minimum wage to start, with incremental merit raises and offered decent healthcare for myself and my three kids. I had no real skills and I appreciated my employment there.
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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I live in a rural area, and Wally World will ship my prescriptions to me for the same $4.00 fee on refills.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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WalMart does make my life easier. I have Super/Mega Walmarts near me and it is great to go from Food to the general area and not have to drive somewhere else. The prices are better than local grocery stores, produce, meat is good and I am satisfied.

However, Walmart needs to address the issue of 'crap' CD's--I have purchased about 5 that wouldn't play properly. For some reason --Kenny Rogers CD's seem to be the most afflicted. What has gone wrong in Kenny's empire? It pains me to start listening to 'Ruby, don't take you love to town--'followed by #@%!$--skips and bizarre technical noises.

Somehow each store is a little different and when I go from Walmart to Walmart I wish there could be a way to find out where the individual stores keep things. Certainly, the theory is--'Ask an employee', but, they are usually busy. I will say that the Walmart employees I encounter are less rude than many. They will try to help me if they are around--some other stores hire the terminally rude and one even threatened to call the police and have me evicted when I was tired and cranky from looking on my own for products.
I don't shop there any more.

So keep it up Walmart, Big Box--I don't like what I have heard about how they treat the employees, etc but --such is life in this country today. Come November, let's hope things improve, greatly. I can't take much more of this kind of 'Prosperity'.

TakeAhike
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Stanwood, Washington
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[*]They save our household thousands of dollars every year.
Agreed, as long as your family's job does not depend on a local, small business.

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[*]They employ thousands of people here in Las Vegas alone.
Oh yeah. Pay em cheap and they get to work overtime for free, too.

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[*]They have a great return policy.
Agreed. Un-American made crap is cheap to replace.

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[*]They're open 24 hours.
Some are.

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[*]Their pharmacy's $4 prescription program covers about 95% of prescriptions written.
Not true. Less than half.

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[*]They let truckers and other travelers use their parking lot and facilities overnight.
Yep! That's a good reason to put small mom & pop shops out of business. Thanks for your thread.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Now James, I thought it was abundantly clear that this isn't the thread to bash Wal-Mart in. There's at least half a dozen active threads where you can do that. Didn't your mother ever tell you that if you don't have something nice to say, that you should not say anything at all? That's the rule of this thread.

Have a nice day.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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I love the fact that they're good for the economy, and that most of the propaganda that people spread are lies! They treat their employees fairly, help out the local economy, and they save me money! Can't beat that!

http://Wal-Mart is good for the economy!
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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Now James, I thought it was abundantly clear that this isn't the thread to bash Wal-Mart in. There's at least half a dozen active threads where you can do that. Didn't your mother ever tell you that if you don't have something nice to say, that you should not say anything at all? That's the rule of this thread.

Have a nice day.
I don't think you get to decide whether Wal-Mart gets "bashed" on the thread you started or not. This is a public forum and Wal-Mart has made itself fair game through its business practices so negative comments are both welcome and valid.

Those who oppose the destruction of our downtowns should do more than just avoid shopping there otherwise nothing will change. It's time for people to fight back. Would you sell your soul for "convenience"?
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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I love their no questioned asked on returns. The merchants down town made a mint off of working people by selling high for years with no competition.They used local politics to prevent any competitors from moving in for years.Now they want us to cry for them;well they never cryed for their workers that they gave no benefits whilke they got rich.I am not selling anything just buying where I get the best deal and that never has been local merchants.Wroked for too many of them when I was young and saw what they di ;and it wasn't woory about the local people tehy wre charging high prices to.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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I don't think you get to decide whether Wal-Mart gets "bashed" on the thread you started or not.
No, he can't "decide" it, but why wouldn't you honor the OP's request to do so?
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