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  •  Employees get a 10% discount on purchases (11+ / 0-)

    at Walmart.  Walmart depends upon their employees' purchases as a significant slice of their market.

    An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

    by Thomas Twinnings on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 05:10:02 PM PDT

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    •  THIS!!!! (3+ / 0-)
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      and most of the other people there are also the working poor. Work at home depot shop at Wally's. And I'm guessing close to 100% of the people who are shopping with a government assistance card shop at WM for at least a part of every months  supplies. (outside food, that might be 70%... lol). Whether you vote or not your going to buy food and toilet paper (I Hope).

      •  I'm disabled and poor and have friends in simil... (0+ / 0-)

        I'm disabled and poor and have friends in similar situations and none of us shop at Wal-Mart due to its horrible practices. Costco provides essentials in bulk, usually at a cheaper price, and they treat their employees well. Of course, we're mostly activist types so we're probably not the norm.

        •  True, but... (1+ / 0-)
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          Costco provides essentials in bulk, usually at a cheaper price, and they treat their employees well.
          For the poor in many areas, they won't have room to store the amount of stuff you have to buy at Costco to make it worth it, and may not have the money to buy that much in bulk in any case.

          Hell, I'm anything but poor, but I have a very limited number of things I can buy at Costco. (Apartment, small freezer, very little closet space.)

          •  Team up! (4+ / 0-)

            I know people in this boat (small homes, not enough cash to afford big quantities) who pool their resources for a group Costco run.

            No, you can't store a whole bale of TP or five pounds of cheese or three large tubes of toothpaste in your tiny place. But if you and a couple friends all go in together and split the TP bale, re-bag the cheese, and each take a tube of toothpaste, you'll get the savings on a scale you can manage -- minus the space problem.

            It's like running your own little co-op.

            •  I would have to drive to NJ (0+ / 0-)

              I would have to drive to New Jersey from Upstate New York (closer to Canada) to access a COSTCO.  OR an IKEA.  

              And WHERE do the things Costco sells COME from?  I admit I don't know a whole lot about them as they are not on my radar and when I was IN NJ I tried to go but was shut out as I did not have a membership;  not worth it to buy one and no "Day Pass" allowed.

              Does Costco ONLY stock "Made in America" items?  And on that note--does Trader Joe's do this?  I often see that co held up as a paragon but they also own Aldis and lots of stuff from THERE is NOT "Made in USA".

              Around here we had very little chance TO shop BEFORE Walmart got here--relatively late in their expansion.  Do I love WM?  Nope.  Do I love Target?  Nope.  Do I have very many OTHER places to shop around here?  Nope.  For some food items we shop at a local chain (Price Chopper) or in a pinch at the overly pricey Maine based Hannaford.  Certainly cannot afford the locally raised lamb and cheese that ends up at the Farmers Market in NYC at $30 a pound.

              There are two malls each an hour drive from here--neither one has much selection and no I am not wearing Old Navy.   Empty storefronts are the norm.  Downtown in one area is thriving (Saratoga)  but not so much "Home Town USA"  aka Glens Falls NY.  Can you buy a pair of plain old jeans in either Main Street?  Hell no.  Spool of thread? Pair of regular shoes not Manolos?  A toaster?

              Where you gonna shop?

              Work to BETTER these peoples wages and conditions don't shop them OUT of a job.

              •  When I lived in NYS (0+ / 0-)

                which was from 2002-2009, Hannaford was actually cheaper, I found, than Price Chopper.  To get the low prices at Price Chopper, you had to have a savings card.  Hannaford never makes their customers do that.  Now I live in MA, and Hannaford is pricey here, but I've always felt they had a better selection going than Price Chopper ever did, and you could probably argue their selection is a bit better than Market Basket's is (MB is our homegrown supermarket chain, based out of Tewksbury, MA).  I've found that I prefer Shaw's, which is a regional supermarket chain - they're more expensive than Market Basket, but not by much, and they're rarely anything like as crowded (MB has a bad reputation for clueless customers).

                The closest malls and Walmarts to me are either down in Peabody/Danvers (a 15-mile drive) or just up over the state line in Seabrook, NH (which is a redneck town with some scary-looking people living within).  Since I work in Peabody, I don't necessarily mind going there, but I have found that I prefer going to NH when I can, as that state has no sales tax.  I'm sorely tempted by that prospect, as well as the prospect of no state income tax, to move to NH - probably Portsmouth - but that's not enough of a justification to leave MA.

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