Post # 1
I’m having to read an article about Wal-Mart right now for school and it’s very interesting. It’s talking about what a lot of people don’t know about Wal-Mart, and the ways that they try to cut the costs for us, as consumers. I wish I didn’t have to read this article because it makes me feel awful for going there almost every week to purchase the things I need. But some of the things that I get there are so much less expensive than any other place in our area I can’t afford not to buy anywhere else. Yet when I find out that they are making business close branches, people are losing their jobs, and the things they are doing to even big giants, it makes me sad..
Do you shop at Wal-Mart? What are your views on this whole thing?
Post # 3
I HATE Walmart and avoid shopping there.
ETA: Okay – now that I’ve thrown the opinion out there, let me explain a little more why. My parents own a small business so to see what they do to other small businesses / entreprenuers just makes me sad.
I don’t remember what the product was that my dad had at one point but not long after he started selling, it Walmart picked it up and he had to stop. Because Walmart can buy things so much more in bulk than the “mom and pop shops”, my dad couldn’t even come close to matching their prices. The price the Walmart was selling the item for (so obviously marked up from what it cost them so that they could make a profit) was less than what my dad was even able to purchase it wholesale for. There is no way to compete with that.
That’s just one example but growing up in the family of small business owners, I hate Walmart and will not shop there.
Post # 4
I never realized all the awful things they do for companies. And how much they put them through the wringer. I just never liked the amount of people that shopped there.
Post # 5
I really hate Walmart but that’s the closest/only store we have… and I have to drive pretty far to get there. When I went to school we had Schnucks, which I really liked! Everyone at Walmart smells weird.
Post # 6
I don’t really like Wal-Mart, but I admit that I shop there fairly frequently. Like you said, it’s more cost-effective and it’s more convenient for us. Do I like that? Not really. But until I move somewhere that has more options, I’m kind of stuck. And until FI and I make more money, it’s a good deal and that’s important to us for now.
Post # 7
I HATE Walmart for so many reasons. It isn’t worth what they do to the rest of the economy and community for me to shop there. I really try to avoid that place. However, once in a great while if I can’t find the thing that I need I am forced to go there.
Post # 8
I don’t like Walmart. I’m more of a Target person. They were right across the road from each other where I used to live but the shopping experience was TOTALLY different between the stores. Walmart was always packed and unorganized. Now I don’t have a Walmart nearby anyway and I don’t miss it!
Post # 9
I pretend it doesn’t exist. You can’t shop at a store that doesn’t exist.
Post # 10
i hate walmart too! i had been there and had bough some stuff but is not one of the stores id like to go.
Post # 11
I hate walmart… I go there maybe once a year if I absolutely need something and I’m in a hurry, but otherwise I will go elsewhere. We had to watch a documentary in one of my classes and it was really eye opening.
Post # 12
I don’t hate Wal-mart, and I know quite a bit about their business practices. I’d be willing to bet that most people that hate Wal-mart patronize other companies that are just as objectionable, either for the same or different reasons (Target, anyone?). It’s a business. Their goal is to make money–sometimes that is a pretty ugly process. I totally understand people’s objections to Wal-mart, what I don’t understand is why Wal-mart gets the brunt of our indignation when they are certainly not the only company with such profit-seeking practices. And the fact is that Wal-mart is sometimes the only place that people can afford to shop–small, independently owned groceries and clothing stores are far outside the price range of many Americans. We don’t have a Wal-mart close to us, but if we did I would probably shop there every once in a while.
Post # 13
Of course I don’t like the things they do but unless I research every store before I shop there or only shop at fair trade shops, I’m kind of just going to have to deal with it. I, frankly, don’t have the time to research every store I go to and unless I’m going to start doing that, I’m not going to *only* avoid walmart because thats the popular one to dislike.
ETA: I advise all of you to look into multiple sources before making decisions about any company, product, what-have-you. I’m not saying everything they say about Walmart is untrue, but there are about 50 sides to every story.
Post # 14
I love Wal-Mart. It’s the only store I can walk into and know that I can afford what I want/need. Hopefully someday I’ll graduate to feeling that way about Target, lol. Philosophically, I am a free market kinda gal and I also feel like they have made some positive changes lately. But really, I care more about the low prices, and being able to buy ammo and makeup in the same place is awesome.
Post # 15
@kingytobe: and I’m not denying that. The article that I linked is good in that it brings up (or tries to) multiple sides to the story it’s presenting. It’s talking about how Wal-Mart has also benefited a lot of companies and people.
Post # 16
I go there very rarely (maybe once or twice a year). I don’t like what the company does to small towns and their stance on unions.