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Old 12-17-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Sure would like to have some Wal Mart stock.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:42 AM
 
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It think it's other stores dropping prices plus the whole hard business practices that I have heard about Wal-mart. Companies were basically paying out of their ears just to have their items sold in Wal-mart.

That's why we now have higher prices and not much stock.
I think you're on to something. That may be why Walmart doesn't stock 'normal' sized products anymore.....the manufacturers may have stopped underselling to Walmart and now only offers the larger sizes at a better price.

Just even buying Dawn dishwashing liquid...Walmart doesn't sell the regular bottle...only the bigger ones that of course, cost more.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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They don't seem to be having trouble that I've seen- always extremely crowded and they still tend to be lower than the grocery store and Target.

I think the rumors of decline are greatly exaggerated.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:43 AM
 
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I've been hearing some really bad Target commercials on the radio. This somewhat hyper and anxious woman is pushing her kids and friends to open their gifts right away because she got such great items at Target and is such a great shopper. I couldn't imagine having to deal with a screwball like that and it totally ignored the true meaning of Christmas. A really bad commerical campaign.
As for Wal Mart declining, I think thats wishful thinking. Their sales are still leading the retail market, they have groceries now and have expanded about as far as they care to, except in urban areas due to labor issues( unions). Any weakness you might see is indicative of an overall weakness in the economy.
I price shop and Wal mart has lower prices than my usual grocery store but not by a whole lot. I buy some things at wal mart if my store doesn't carry them, but I pick and choose. Wal mart has a better bakery, but I won't buy any meat at Wal mart. And I can shop at 3 or 4 grocery stores in my area. Anyway, I'd never buy any clothing at either Wal Mart or Target.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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Have you heard? Walmart is in the beginning stages of decline. Many will say it's already happened.

After hearing this on the news, I wanted to check for myself...
I made some calls to friends and family scattered across the US.

They've noticed it as well.

Walmart isn't the least expensive on products anymore. We all thought they were as their business model suggests (buying from the manufacturer at a lower cost to be able to sell it for a lower cost)

Besides all the internal problems they are having, it seems now the consumer is discovering it as well.

I went to Walmart w/ my list and then another store and sure enough...Walmart was priced higher than even the regular shelf price. Plus, the stores here are notorious for scanning items higher than the shelf tag. Poor customer service, poor quality of many of their items....
But in all conversations- size is mentioned. It's almost like a warehouse club....get the flu once a year? Can't get your meds at Walmart- they only carry 40 quantity otc meds...who needs 40? 2-3 days worth is all that's needed and then it expires before the next year arrives. (this was said by someone in Maryland)

Anyone else seeing this? It very well could be a regional thing but up and down the east coast and out to AZ- many are starting to switch back to their old grocery stores and Kmart or Target.
I've noticed this quite a few years ago. Before I was going there in order to stretch the dollar, but I no longer think it's worth it and since it's never been an enjoyable trip, I skip it altogether. Same goes for Kmart. For some reason Kmart depresses me even more.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Ninja, my husband and I have been complaining for weeks about the run of ridiculous Wal-Mart commercials. They seem to run over and over again and make up a bulk of the commercials I see. Doesn't matter to me. My family does not shop at Wal-Mart. We go to Target, or grocery stores for groceries, hardware stores for tools, etc. I'd never buy food from Wal-Mart. I don't buy anything knowing that their vendors have no choice but to provide merchandise at no profit in order to keep afloat. And the way Wal-Mart treats their employees is wrong. I also refuse to shop at Walgreens and Sam's Club.
I am SICK of the commercials. Bleh.

I do a lot of my grocery shopping there because many of the same items are more expensive at other grocery stores.
Once I have more disposable income, I'll shop at other stores for my groceries.

I know Wal-Mart doesn't ALWAYS have the lowest prices but I'm not about to drive all over town trying to pick up a few items here and there unless there is a DRASTIC difference in price.

Why do you refuse to shop at Walgreen's? I don't shop there a lot because they seem pretty expensive compared to other places.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The meat at Wal-Mart is terrible. What is that glaze they put on all their meats? Other than that the " Great Value " stuff is still a bargain.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Sure would like to have some Wal Mart stock.
Gosh....me too! I could be retiring WAY early!!
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Keonsha, Wisconsin
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Exclamation Save Money Live Better? Liars!

I went grocery shopping at my local stores yesterday.

I live in Elephant Butte New Mexico and my local Walmart is only minutes away in a city named Truth or Consequences. This store is fairly new, it opened in August 2008.

I had their ad which I received when purchasing my local newspaper.

I wonder, since not reading this entire thread if anyone else besides myself is almost completely dissatisfied with the way Walmart does business.

In this ad, they advertised Cook's spiral sliced ham for $ 1.58 a pound, which I think is not too shabby of a deal, since I only have one other grocer to pick from in my area. Other than that, it is a 70+ mile drive to the next nearest Walmart, or other grocery store.

Well, big disappointment. No ham whatsoever of any kind or type, no hams in stock at all. And, ladies and gentlemen of the forum, if you think I'm whining, I am a bit. This is not the first time I've been to this new store and found them to be out of stock on even basic items like coffee filters, certain kinds of dog snacks, and other items which were advertised, but not available or in stock.

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Another thing that ticks me about Walmart is that they train their employees to ask customers certain question. e.g. did you find everything you were looking for today?

And, if you didn't find what you were looking for, do they really, really care?

Yeap, the rise and fall of Walmart. Is it any wonder why?
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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My two local wal-marts still are much lowwer priced than the grocery stores and much lower than target for sure.They alos seem to be setting record sales according to local sales tax records. I alos liie how the3y have redone there stores inside now.
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