On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 05:24:34 -0500, email@example.com
I'm sure they do. In the past, one of the big jobs of a store
owner/manager was to know how much of everything to order. Some could
keep track of what they sold last year, but others weren't so good at
it. Now they have sales records, going back for years, and for every
store, on computer. Not just wal-mart but all kinds of stores have
software to determine how well each item and each category of winter
stuff sold in the spring, summer, and fall. Based on the normal
weather pattern for the stores' location. And not just by season but
by week. I would assume that by now, not only does the computer do
the first draft of the orders, but that it prints notices in advance
by the proper amount to clear out lawnmowers to make room for
That's walmart's rule, probably designed so they can have a minimum of
staff. A small hardware store also rotates its seasonal items, but
they would probably go in the back to get it for you. You should shop
as much as possible at the small store that charges 3 times as much so
they'll be in business when you need them. I'll bet they don't charge
that much on everythign.
No time here for a comparison with other stores' goals.
Not just seasonal stuff. A few years ago, Walmart did a computer inquiry as
to what was needed most after a hurricane. Not only what sold the most, but
what did their stores run out of.
The results were surprising, shocking even: Beer and strawberry pop-tarts!
From all over the nation, 18-wheelers headed to Florida filled with Pabst
On Jul 26, 6:24 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A couple things wrong with that:
1. The employees are paid to fill space, not make sales. They get no
commissions, and as such have no vested interest in making you, the
2. The employees' time is much more valuable than the few cents'
profit made by selling the hose. 5 minutes of an $8/hr employee's time
costs more than the profit lost by not selling the hose.
There is nothing that Wal-Mart can do to the specialty store, take home
hardware for instance, yeah I know it is a large company but it is just an
example. We cater to the seasons, and school supplies are already in our
store, so that when the parents are ready they will remember that they saw
it at our store, while home hardware caters to the home no matter the
season, we are not a specialty store we are a discount store, we know that
on nov 27 we will sell more Christmas tinsel then weather stripping so we
take that space for something that will generate the higher profits, which
in turn a percentage (yeah I know it is a small percentage) gets given back
to the staff (associates).
Only a fool buys home'n'garden tools, hardware and building supplies at
Wally World. Poor selection, lousy quality, and less than good prices in
most cases, in my experience. A real building supply will always have
weatherstripping, and a real farm supply (TSC, Quality Farm&Fleet, or local
Ma'n'Pa) will always have hoses. A big-box home center will have both most
of the time. More often than not, there is a Lowes within 3 miles of a Super
Wally World, often they are right across the parking lot.
On Jul 26, 1:33 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Weatherstripping is needed more in the winter because the temp
differential between the indoors and outdoors could be up to 100
degrees different. In the summer, probably no more than 20 degrees.
Shelf space isn't infinite, and WalMart has better things to do than
carry an off-season item that hardware stores have.
Not the same thing but slightly related:
50+ years ago, when I was 8 or 9, I noticed that when the supermarket
didn't have a box of cereal with the "prize"** I wanted, I could go to
the corner market and was more likely to be able to get it. I
realized then that that was because the stock turned over more slowly
at the little store, and even though they got new stock when they
ordered, they ordered less frequently and took longer to sell what
**In the old days, prizes, premiums, were almost always in the box.
None of this mailing in to get it. Although I think I had to write
away to get my baking soda powered submarine and my baking soda
powered skin divers.
Well Walmart is not where I would go for weather-stripping. Frankly I
would see their point of not stocking slow moving items out of the prime
season. In most areas people don't buy much of that in the summer,
"Walmart has provided, through savings, more relief to low-income
families than all the social programs (WIC, food stamps, social
security, unemployment compensation, etc.) combined. Or so says
I tend to think this is true. I believe some studies have been done
that show that Walmart's presence *effectively* increases the
*average* shopper's disposable personal income by .9%. This of course
says nothing about the plight of the employees, but Walmart customers
far outnumber its employees. I would say that's a net plus to society.
Also, although the sample is obviously insignificant, I like to ask
employees from time to time whether they think Walmart treats them
fairly. Most have had no complaints.
As for product quality, you are safe if you stick to brand names,
but Walmart brands are fine for simple items.
If you *really* want to get me going, let's discuss Home Depot!
In my area (New England) they are frequently out of stock on the
most basic of items and never seem to have really good prices
anymore. For example, the other day I noticed they stopped
carrying regular Scott's grass seed in most kinds. They only
had "Super Premium" with a premium price of about 40%. Then
there is the issue of simply not carrying small items that clearly
are home needs. I wanted a replacement muffler for my lawn
mower. They carry not a single kind!
I know there have been HD threads here before so won't
Enough for today.
On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 12:33:19 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll just respond briefly here. A while ago I was in the electrical
aisle of our local HD and spotted a guy with a yellow sheet of paper in
his hand, that, as I approached, I could see was an invoice from a "Real
Electrical Supply House" (part of a large chain, although not in every
state). I don't recall whether I started the conversation or whether he
did, but he told me that some things were cheaper at the "RESH" while
others were cheaper at HD -- and the ones that were cheaper at the
"RESH" were not simply because they were in large-quantity packs. And he
was comparing items of the same brand and model no., not "regular
quality" vs. HD el cheapo.
Penn and Teller: Bullshit! season 5 episode 2: Wal-Mart
I found a torrent listed at http://www.mininova.org/search/bullshit/8
Search that page for "S05E02" or "Wal-Mart".
You might find it on the binary newsgroups alt.binaries.tv or
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