Menards is a killer store, great prices, every length and type of
lumber imaginable, whole house kits, garage kits, shed kits, very
complete departments in all the other building and decorating
trades.... And you can fit 2 HD's and 2 Lowes stores inside the
Menards around here. Farm and Fleet is pretty good too, if I cant
find something anywhere else F and F will often have it.
A year or so ago I went to our local lumber/hardware store to look for
an item I had not been able to find anywhere else. While there I
happened across a Stanley "Wonder Bar" with a price tag of $11.xx. I was
surprised, because I already had one at home that I had bought not long
before at Menards (Wisconsin-based regional chain), and I was sure I had
not paid that much for it. In fact it still had the Menards price
sticker on it -- $5.99, and I am sure that I had bought it when it was
on sale, probably for $4.xx. At Lowe's it was $8.xx. I don't recall ever
checking HD's price.
Same item, same "famous" US brand, all made in China, widely differing
prices. Guess why I go the the local lumber/hardware store only as a
One day in the electrical aisle at HD I ran into a guy who was checking
marked prices against what turned out to be an invoice from one of
several local "real electrical suppliers." Some items were cheaper at
one, some cheaper at the other.
One of the local Ace Hardware stores carries Benjamin Moore paint only
in gallon cans -- no 5-gallon pails. The other doesn't carry Benjamin
Moore at all -- only the store brand.
On Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:08:13 -0700, Larry Caldwell
Some stores are larger than others, depending on location and demand.
And then stores have various marketing strategies. Right now I need
gardening supplies and equipment and the large stores have moved all
of that out and put in Christmas decorations. I had to do some
Internet shopping, and the local stores can't understand why they are
not doing so well.
When the local Lowes went up earlier this year I stopped by to check it out.
On the front door was a large welcome sign in both English and Spanish.
This theme was repeated throughout the store.
Now I'm pretty sure the last time I checked that this was still America, and
that immigrants to this country should understand English if they wish to
live here. Apparently not to the executives at Lowes.
I walked out of that store within five minutes of walking into it, and I
will never set foot in it again.
They wouldn't do it if it didn't make a positive difference in their
bottom line. Even up north here, I see a lot of obviously
Hispanic-background folks in Lowe's (and other stores). In the
southernmost tier of states, if you are strawbossing a construction
site, you better speak at least some Spanish, or have an aide that does.
(or in the case of the hospitality industry, whoever heads up your
housekeeping department.) So if Lowe's standard signage for down there
needs to be bilingual, it makes sense for them to just have the default
setup for all the stores be that way. Like it or not, a large part of
the buying public in this country has Spanish as their primary language.
And not all of them are immigrants. Traditionally, maintaining the
'mother tongue' at home fades away by the third generation, but that was
when the 'melting pot' was the path most waves of immigrants followed.
Not all ethnic groups follow that practice.
Remember, in some areas of the country, Spanish was the 'official'
language well before English was. Us Anglos are the newcomers. I don't
know if Lowes is up in Quebec, but I suspect big-boxes up there have
English and French on their signs. I do know that in the Little Whatever
enclaves of big cities, stores have the language of the local ethnic
community on many of their signs.
aem sends, not finding the situation all that offensive....
up here in New England, most store signs were in American & Quebec
French (which is nothing like Parisian French) up until about 15-20
years ago. big box signs are in American/Spanish now, but i think the
French speakers still outnumber Spanish speakers.
this is america because people from europe got off the boat and wasted
no time learning the languages of the indigenous people of this continent.
instead they set about the task of raping murdering and committing general
genocide against those indigenous people for the purpose of stealing their
lands so as to craft a nation of their own liking. so yes now we have america,
a land of liars, thieves, fornicators, idolaters and covetous extortioners
whose primary concern focuses explicitly on their own needs.
you mention my saviour and all the unbelievers come out of the woodwork
to put forth their ridicule. so I stop and remember God loves unbelievers
I think the problem is that when you start getting the indents too deep
you may be responding to a paragraph written earlier in the thread but
your software just thinks that the actual post is the one that said it.
I made the same mistake last week -- much to my chagrin.
"America itself is a one-party state.
But with typical American extravagance,
While I would agree, there is a school of thought that runs contrary to
my bandwidth conservation approach and insists on quoting the entire
previous post in all its glory regardless of any appeals to sanity. I
think it was started by a top-posting, cross-posting [your epithet of
They\'re locking them up today they\'re throwing away the key
I wonder who it\'ll be tomorrow you or me.
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