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  •  Don't shop al Walmart (2+ / 0-)
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    My Name Isnt Earl, Miggles

    Still surprised when people talk about buying something at Walmart here.

    And they do -- I remember a thread a couple days ago about living on the cheap, and somebody was talking about how they went to Walmart.


    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 07:25:50 PM PDT

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    •  Where would you have us shop? (2+ / 0-)
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      DarkLadyNyara, peptabysmal

      Here's whats in my town:

      Big Y Supermarket
      Price Chopper Supermarket
      Sears (but only sells appliances/electronics)
      Aaron's Rentals
      Dollar General

      Note there is a whole foods/locavore market the next town over but I can't afford it.  I would love to shop there.  

      I bought a 15 dollar bookshelf at Walmart today because I desperately needed to clear off my desk before the fall semester starts.  So I can, you know, actually get the education I'm borrowing for.

      I'm sorry if this comes off as rude or combative, but it's really frustrating when you don't have any other options and there are people who can either afford to "buy local"  (what does that even mean anymore...) or have affordable (or even any) local options available to them.  It's like you just don't get it--I would LOVE to avoid Walmart...but I literally cannot.  If I had bought a solid wood bookshelf (most likely to be carried by a local furniture store) today I would have spent at least $100.

      So excuse me for sickening you, but I'd rather spend that extra $85 on food for me or my cats, or on a couple good books, or gas for my car.  

      •  Buy everything you possibly can at any of the (1+ / 0-)
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        other stores you have listed.

      •  Buy on-line through Amazon or someone else (1+ / 0-)
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        who offers free shipping.  Look into local food coops for the must have perishables.

        Having a policy does not mean receiving care. -- Tzimisce

        by Miggles on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 08:57:07 PM PDT

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        •  Amazon is a corporate member of ALEC (0+ / 0-)

          99.99999% positive Walmart is too, to be fair.

          I do buy groceries, shampoo, paper goods, cat stuff, etc at Big Y and Price Chopper--they're regional at least.  Big Y especially got it's start two towns away from me.  

          They don't sell bookshelves.  I looked at Staples today, but their cheapest one was $40.

          My fiance worked for 7 years at Walmart, a year at Target, three months at Aaron's Sales & Lease, and less than a month at Staples.

          Out of all of those, Walmart treated him the best.

      •  Buy planks and cinder blocks (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh

        Local hardware store, cheap bookcase.

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 03:23:30 PM PDT

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    •  Nice idea in theory (1+ / 0-)
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      Unfortunately, it isn't workable for everyone. I mean, if you can afford not to shop at Wal-mart, then by all means, boycott away. I don't shop at wal-mart, but that's because I have other options where I live. But that isn't true for many people, and I don't see any good in shaming people for doing what they need to to survive.

      The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges. - Anatole France

      by DarkLadyNyara on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 09:15:11 PM PDT

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