I'm not surprised. You get what you pay for.
When I worked in Electronics, I had more than a few customers come in
looking SPECIFICALLY the CHEAPEST DVD player. Warranty and brand name
were of NO concern - just that it was the cheapest.
Walmart accommodates that customer as well as the informed,
discriminating customer with a variety of products.
(No, I am not a Walmart "hack" or "plant". In fact, after this spate of
contribution, I wouldn't be surprised to get a "cease and desist" letter
from my employer.)
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 04:43:46 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
I try to limit driving (to use less gas), and combine trips when
possible. I get groceries at whatever store I'm going to for something
else. I have different reasons for different stores, including:
Wal-Mart: lower prices, and sometimes the only place locally to get
some things. The lowest gasoline price ($3.49) in town yesterday.
Brookshire's: I get prescriptions filled there, and it's easy to get
groceries while waiting
Kroger: the only place in town to get out-of-town newspapers inside
the store. I really don't like newspaper vending machines
I like to go to Wal-Mart between 2 and 4 AM. There's few customers,
the traffic is light, and it's not so hot outside (I was in the middle
of the south central hot spot almost 3 weeks ago, but it's in the
On Wed 20 Aug 2008 10:30:54a, Mark Lloyd told us...
If I drive in a logical loop from my home and back again, it's
approximately 3 miles. Within that loop I can stop at WM, Fry's, Safeway,
Albertson's, and Basha's (Local chain), without expending any additional
fuel. This allows me to take advantage of whoever may be the best prices
on items I need.
This relates closely to one post in this thread, but i don't know
The K-mart near me was one of the ones that closed, and 2 years or so
later, Home Depot bought it, and after a few months, tore it down and
built a HD.
Then there's another plaza where the supermarket closed, and a couple
other rather big stores, and then smaller ones until all that was left
were a few doctor's offices, and in a different building take-out
Chinese, a Christian book store, and a couple other little things. I
think someone bought the first building and forced the doctors to
leave, and the story in the city or n'hood newspaper was a couple
years ago that Wal-mart is coming. No trace of it yet, and a few more
places in the second building are vacant now. Even the take-out
place isn't always open and when it is, it closes at 9. I think
walmart has bought the property, but they're not doing anything.
We have no Wal-Mart very close to us, but I find when traveling,
especially on vacations involving camping, they're very useful. Unlike
Target, they have an excellent sporting goods and camping department. I
also like Fred Meyer (Kroger owns them now) for that type of stuff when
up in Oregon.
The Wal-Marts closest to us have no grocery stores, so I can't comment
on them. But from what I've seen of them, they don't have a lot of what
I'd be buying anyway, Costco has much better quality stuff like meat,
fish, and produce.
What I like about Wal-Mart is that unlike stores like Safeway and Lucky,
they don't gouge on everything other than what's on sale that week. When
I "save" more than I spend at Safeway it means that everything I
purchased was less than half the regular price.
The RVers like Walmart. Walmart doesn't go all postal if you park your RV on
their lot during the night. Some posts on RV groups mention that the store
manager knocks on their door in the mornings with free coffee and donuts!
Most of the RVers reciprocate by buying stuff at the store, so, in return
for an otherwise unused spot during the dark, the store gets some added
business. Plus goodwill.
And Walmart allows Salvation Army bell-ringers during the Chrismas season in
contrast to Target who has the Army's kettle thrown in the dumpster and the
bell-ringers beaten and arrested (I may be exaggerating here).
Amen to that! I have tried to watch him (follows Leno here) and can
see no humor at all in his monologue. His "apeing" is way overboard
I suspect "The Tonight Show" will tank within 6 months of the
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