Who shops at Satan's Dry Goods?

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Who shops at Satan's Dry Goods?

Postby jeffysdad » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:47 am

Walmart, that is.

A new one opened in my neighborhood and I went last week looking for low prices. A number of my friends were opposed to the store and there was a vigorous but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to block it.

So anyway. I thought I would find stuff like paper towels, soaps, detergents, etc. in the brands and sizes I usually buy, only cheaper. This is, after all, a huge store.

But that wasn't the case. The mouthwash I use was available in the size I buy for $1.40 cheaper, but only in spearmint, not cinnamon, too. (I bought three spearmints).

Q-tips, only one size and the kind with the plastic stem (not paper). Hate those.

Dishwasher detergent, cheap, but packages half the size I normally buy at grocery, so probably cheaper there.

They kept the liquid hand soap well hid, so I couldn't find it.

They didn't have the windshield washer fluid I like.

A number of items I usually buy (Tom's toothpaste, deodorant), I knew wouldn't be at WM; they're not at the grocery store either and I have to order from Amazon.

Is anybody successful at finding what they want at Walmart? If so, do you really save money?
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Postby cashback » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:51 am

We do most of our grocery shopping at Wal Mart. It is usually much cheaper than the grocery stores. What I have found is while Wal Mart has the lower prices, they rarely have specials like buy one get one free that grocery stores have. But that's just what I've seen.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:49 am

I have found that using coupons, bogos, and taking advantage of fuel points from places like Kroger and Publix saves me time and money over WalMart. Plus, I'm not supporting a customer that treats its employees like crap and gives terrible customer service.
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Postby djrez4 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:01 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:I have found that using coupons, bogos, and taking advantage of fuel points from places like Kroger and Publix saves me time and money over WalMart. Plus, I'm not supporting a customer that treats its employees like crap and gives terrible customer service.


Pretty much this. I've found that WallyWorld prices aren't much lower than King Soopers or City Market (our Krogers) and they generally don't have the products I like. Add in the BCP 6% that I hope to be getting in January and WallyWorld becomes even less attractive.

Great for seeing the dregs of humanity, though. Funny Pictures at WalMart
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??? What kind of store is it?

Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:01 pm

We don't have them here in Canada.
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Postby djrez4 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:05 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:We don't have them here in Canada.


Yes, you do. They bought out Woolco in 1994 and have locations all over. There are nine in the Vancouver area. I'm guessing you wouldn't enjoy shopping there, though. I feel a bit dirty even walking into a Walmart.
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Postby JNK » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:38 pm

Ironically, my Wal-Mart's pharmacy is the only one where its pharmacist doesn't give me a dirty look and treat me like I'm some sort of criminal when I ask to buy pseudoephedrine because I have nasal and chest congestion and sound like %$#@.

That said, I shop at wherever has the goods that I want at the price that I am willing to pay.

It isn't a one-way street. People can refuse to shop at Wal-Mart all they want, but if the people themselves will not refuse to work at Wal-Mart or will not refuse the conditions they are given for their employment, then what's the use?

I have few complaints about my local Wal-Mart; many of the employees are long-time employees and treat their customers with respect.
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Postby jeffysdad » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:06 pm

I had never heard of Walmart until I moved "down South" in 1991. There was one down the street from my apartment, and the first time I went in (after everyone local told me "everyone" shops at Walmart), I couldn't believe how low the prices were. I still have the drinking glasses, pots and pans and electric drill that I bought there.

Then my consciousness was raised and I refused to go to Walmart. Where I live now the established Walmart is far away and it is pretty scuzzy. I would go to Target, though.

However, I think Target is just as bad as Walmart. There are three not far from me and the service is horrible at all of them. The clerks are rude. Their stock is not kept at appropriate levels, etc. In the meantime, my attitude toward Walmart changed (Yes, I know about their massive PR campaign of a few years back.)

LIke the above poster said, if people will work there without having a gun held to their heads, then... And I do believe that consumers are responsible for operating in their own best interest; that is the only thing that drives prices down for everyone.

So, I was ready for another go-round with Walmart. The new store is beautiful, and I'm sure it will do well. It's in a new shopping center in an affluent area. I just wasn't blown away by the "savings." I think I can get non-perishable staples from the gro. store at about the same price and from Amazon for much cheaper if a deal is available. I was kind of hoping Walmart would be a place I could go every 2-3 of months, buy a bunch of stuff real cheap in bulk and not have to think about it again for 2-3 months. But that's not what it appears to be.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:36 pm

I will go to Sam's Club if I need bulk stuff. Also, those folks don't have much opportunity to find better paying jobs with better benefits. Some of that is their fault, some of that is a result of our broken education system.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:54 pm

djrez4 wrote:Yes, you do. They bought out Woolco in 1994 and have locations all over. There are nine in the Vancouver area. I'm guessing you wouldn't enjoy shopping there, though. I feel a bit dirty even walking into a Walmart.


AAAHHHH I got it LOL you were talking about Walmart. I was wondering what the hell store is called "Satan's Dry Goods". Yes, we have many Walmarts here. Very popular in the burbs....

Yes, it also carries the same reputation as in the US for their client base.
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