Geez, this is insane...<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030113-404212,00.html?cnn=yes" target="_blank">http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...0.html?cnn=yes</a>
They just finished building one where I lived. People tried to stop it from being built--something about the zoning laws--but it looks like Wal-Mart got their way. Now there's signs all over that say: "Do your part, boycott Wal-Mart."
There are three Wal-Marts within a 20 minute drive from my house, one being a Super Center that draws so much traffic to my area that it backs traffic up all the way to my little old neighborhood two miles away. I've been boycotting Wal-Mart for almost five years now, after watching a Super Center dry up many mom and pop stores in the rural town where I went to college. I read an article in ***** magazine last year where a group of women were filing another class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart for routinely passing over very qualified women employees with seniority for less qualified male employees with less experience for managerial positions. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I'm not sure what became of that lawsuit, however.<br><br><br><br>
Money is so scary sometimes.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2F1580082319%2Fqid%3D1041953334%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F103-2795449-1669421%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank">How Wal-Mart is Destroying America and The World and What You Can Do About It</a><br><br><img alt="" src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1580082319.01._PE20_PIdp-schmoo2,TopRight,7,-26_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
<b>Customers who wear clothes also shop for:<br><br><br><br>
Clean Underwear from Amazon's Target Store</b><br><br><br><br>
if you click on your link FD, and scroll down a little bit, that's what is says.<br><br><br><br>
I wonder what customers who don't wear clothes buy?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
I avoid going there as much as possible, and the few times I have been there in the past year (maybe 3-4 tmes), everytime, some a**hole took all the stuff out of my cart and stole my cart! I caught one of them b**ches. She acted all sheepish, "Well I thought it was abandoned." Um no, I don't feel like pushing a cart around a crowded ass store, especially the electronics department. <img alt="" src="http://www.click-smilie.de/sammlung/sauer/sauer054.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
I caught one other woman doing that at K-Mart. Don't let those old white women fool you, they aren't so innocent. Get yer own cart. <img alt="" src="http://www.click-smilie.de/sammlung/sauer/sauer055.gif" style="border:0px solid;">
Just up the road from me is probably Walmart's biggest store in the UK, and a far as I know the only one they market as Asda Walmart. The building itself has been there since the 70's and was originally part of the French chain Carrefour, its huge. The retail space is probably about the size of 6 soccer pitches, and they sell everything.
i think i managed to move into the only city without a walmart. oh well.<br><br><br><br>
in my hometown, one opened up a few years ago, in one of 2 malls in the city. the other mall is now utterly useless and empty, cause the department store that was there closed and since then business has been so bad that no new stores have come in. and those that have end up leaving within a year. they finally put in a new cinema there in hopes of saving the little mall, but it's a bit late coming i think. at this point the other mall has been renovated and expanded so much and so many new stores have moved in, that most people forget the other mall exists.<br><br>
i kinda feel bad sometimes when i go all the way across town to the big mall instead of just up the road to the other one, but really there's no point in going there, there's nothing there! it's sad.<br><br><br><br>
i'm not totally against walmart though, i like shopping there, the prices are great and i can almost always find what i want. and you have to admit that the marketing is pretty smart. but i think they're really overdoing it now, haven't they made enough money yet that they can just sit back and see what happens? soon they'll be so dominant that the prices will go way up cause the competition will be gone, but will we keep shopping there then?<br><br><br><br>
probably. oh well.
i also live in a town without a walmart- and really, being the horrible person I am, I pine for walmart. our city has also fought to keep walmart out. and although our city is probably much better for it, i am still greedy enough to want stuff for cheap. and i am also greedy enough to want a store in this city that actually sells any sort of volume of useful stuff.<br><br><br><br>
so, i'll freely admit it, i miss walmart shopping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Michael</i><br><br><b>From the article...</b></div>
Oops, must have missed that part! Thanks Michael! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=""><br><br><br><br>
Asda have lots of marketing about "rolling back the prices" & "that's Asda price!"...hmmm, at what cost! There isn't an asda store that near to me but the other supermarkets are all just as bad. I try to do a lot of my shopping in smaller shops & health food stores where I can but there are less & less of them so I'm pushed to using supermarkets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
I go to Wal-Mart almost as a last resort. Back when I was shopping for a Christmas gift for my (ex) bf, I tried every other store I could think of in the area that might have a barometer, and finally I went to Wal-Mart. They did have it, and it was a good price... but I tend not to enjoy the mega-store shopping experience as much as when I go into a little place where I can actually find an employee if I need help.
I avoid it as much as possible. I went there a few weeks ago because I had a gift certificate and I was reminded of why I hate shopping there so much: it's way too noisy and crowded and the aisles are too narrow. I prefer Target - the products are of a slightly higher quality and there are fewer mullets.
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Verbivore</i><br><br><b>I avoid it as much as possible. I went there a few weeks ago because I had a gift certificate and I was reminded of why I hate shopping there so much: it's way too noisy and crowded and the aisles are too narrow. I prefer Target - the products are of a slightly higher quality and there are fewer mullets.</b></div>
I am willing to pay more for a more pleasant shopping experience. I have also had the cashier mis-ring my purchases there, I had to drive back to get my money back. And in addition to the cart stealing and the mullets, there are never any staff there when you need them, it is messy, crowded, and loud. And the fellow shoppers are also agitated by this and thus rude.<br><br><br><br>
Target isn't "upscale" but probably costs a little more. And so much worth it. Never have to wait in line at target, and friendlier employees.
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