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  •  You buy brand name items (23+ / 0-)

    that are substandard because they are designed to Wal-Mart's specifications, not the company's.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 12:32:30 PM PDT

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    •  I believe they also sell seconds. (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, mikejay611

      A lot of name brand stuff that is too flawed to be sold in a better store, and not so flawed as to be destroyed or written off.

      •  That would explain a lot of the appliances. (2+ / 0-)
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        I absolutely refuse to shop at Walmart anymore, but in the days that I did (holding my nose and sallying forth, as you might imagine), I had a strict rule:

        Never buy anything from Walmart that has moving parts.

        Why?  It was inevitably going to be crap that malfunctioned or broke shortly after you got it home, and Walmart would not willingly take it back.

        •  I needed... (0+ / 0-)

          Or rather I thought I needed some yarn for a project late at night, badly enough to try a Walmart store.. I went to their craft section and bought a name brand yarn for maybe a dollar less a skein than I would have paid elsewhere. The yarn was not useable. The little gifts I was making would have been embarrassing to give. I am new to textile crafts. I would not have believed that yarn could be that screwed up. It ended up in the trash. Walmarts return lines are gargantuan. It wasn't worth the time to wait to make the return. The place is just a waste.

          •  ALL lines at Walmart are gargantuan. (0+ / 0-)

            Not only do they not have enough people to stock the shelves, they never have enough registers open to properly service the customer load, which is why I generally check out in the department I'm shopping in. What's the point of installing 20 registers at the check-out area if only 2 or 3 are manned at any one time?

            I avoid Walmart as much as possible. The only thing I go there for is when I need a thumb-drive. They often do fairly amazing sales on them, and since none of them are made in the US I don't see a problem paying half of what every other retailer sells them for. I'm sure the ones on sale are loss-leaders, so Walmart isn't making anything on them, which suits me just fine.

            •  Check out Office Max. (0+ / 0-)

              On occasion they offer a promotion where you can pick up a thumb drive for a couple of bucks if you are buying something else. At least they do that locally where I am. I have picked up a couple of 8 gig verbatim thumb drives for a couple of bucks because I needed a pack of sharpie pens. MAybe see if they offer that where you are.

              I also try to avoid walmart as much as possible. But on occasion I will check them out if I think I am desperate. I generally regret that I wasted my time. It's like certain types of fast food that I loved when I was younger. It sounds so good, and like such a good idea, until you are eating whatever it is and wondering how you survived to reach adult hood.

        •  Ditto - I hadn't been in a Walmart for years... (0+ / 0-)

          Until I dropped in on one a month or so ago. Initially, we stopped shopping there in order to support local business. Now, there are lots of reasons to avoid Walmart stores, including shoddy merchandise, poor selection, often out of staples, huge, scary parking lots at night, scary customers, and too darn much real estate to trudge through for what you find there.

    •  I read once about the owner of a lawn mower (3+ / 0-)

      company, known for the quality of its product.

      Walmart wanted to sell the mowers in it's stores. They wanted the owner of the company to sign an exclusive contract with them, so that the mowers could ONLY be sold at Walmart.

      He was told just in time by his lawyer that Walmart already had plans to "retool" the mowers, to make them as cheaply as possible....and that the contract allowed that. He refused to sign.  

      As for too few employees.....I see the employees in the grocery section of our local Walmart literally running to try to get everything done. And there are more and more gaps on the shelves. They just won't hire the number of people needed to do the work.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 06:45:04 AM PDT

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