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Has the Economy Driven You Into the Arms of Wal-Mart?

The troubled economy has been bad news for everyone but deal-driven Wal-Mart. The world's largest retailer is preparing for a booming holiday season to follow its successful Summer and Fall sales numbers. One Deutsche Bank analyst predicts it will be “a Wal-Mart Christmas,” and Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics surmises, "It’s going to be a primary destination for a lot of people who may not have gone there in recent years, but who will elect to go there for the price and the value."


Spectra Spectra 8 years
People need to get over it. I shop at Wally World because where I live, there aren't many other options. It's cheap, convenient, and they have a pretty big selection of things. I don't really buy clothes there though...I find that Kohl's has a better selection of cheap clothes in my size.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I'm with Dr. No on this one, I absolutely hate the idea of Walmart even existing. I have always gone to Target and will stick with that, the prices are low too.
sundrops sundrops 8 years
We've bought name brands at Walmart (Claritin, Tide, Lindt) that haven't lived up to their normal quality when we buy them at our local grocery store, so no, I don't shop there any more than I used to. I feel like I'm getting WAAAYYYYY less for only a teeny bit less money. The only things I'll buy there are party supplies and brand name toys.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I hate Wal-Mart. With a passion. Unfortunately for me, I live in a small town where your options are Kroger or Wal-Mart. We don't have Safeway, WholeFoods, Target, or anything else like that. So going to Wal-Mart doesn't embarass me. It's a necessity around here.
booglass booglass 8 years
I live outside the US and while Wal-Mart isn't at the top of my shopping spots, I'll buy there. I shop regularly a Wal-Mart in Costa Rica as they own the larger grocery chains here. So it isn't something I can easily get away from. Nor do I try.
kristints kristints 8 years
I HATE Wal Mart, I've been to some nice ones, but the ones near me are very icky and dirty, I'd rather shop at Target and pay a couple dollars more (though Target is pretty cheap too) and have a nice experience.
teperry3 teperry3 8 years
Plus how can people say that the quality of products is much cheaper? I go there for brand name shampoo, mostly just those types of goods, a lot of which are the exact same thing as many other stores, but at a slightly lower price without having to get it in bulk at costco!
teperry3 teperry3 8 years
After reading the first 10 or so, I feel like an outcast. I do not make it a habit of shopping there, but there is one on my way home from school, so if I know that I can get it for much cheaper then any other drugstore (longs, walgreens) and know that it's not on sale at Target (because I'm in there just about every week (I love that store) I will go to walmart.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I love Target, but where I go to school, there really isn't any alternative that is as college student budget friendly like Walmart. The local stores are nice, but often too pricey, unfortunately :(
kat8637 kat8637 8 years
Believe me I used to be in the category of being embarrassed 0f Walmart. However, its just being fiscally responsible. Why spend more on the same item? I would rather get the better bargain. Besides, who would ever know you paid 10 dollars on a sweater? Like most things its how you carry it or pull the look together.
dizuckai dizuckai 8 years
i'm actually very creative with my gifts that i give people , i dont go to walmart for the cheap things , i go to the doller store for stocker stuffers. just because its a little bit cheaper and its a little something. lately i go to walmart because thats the closest thing to me right now :\ but at my hometown , i go to target and publix for items :)
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
i think i bought some wrapping paper at walmart when i was 17 & i haven't shopped there since!
kate516 kate516 8 years
I can't remember the last time I've shopped at Wal-Mart. I encourage everyone to watch the documentary, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price". I of course take into account that it is a one-sided opinion of Wal-Mart but it really brings to light what a corporation like Wal-Mart does to small communities. I will be first to stand in a picket line to boycott Wal-Mart if they ever try to open a store in my small hometown. It would be the death of a community that relies on small businesses to keep the town going. I'm not against "big business" but at some point it needs to be stopped. Shop local!
Dr-No Dr-No 8 years
terryt : The truth is that Wal-Mart DOES treat its suppliers terribly. I have worked at one of these suppliers. So have my sister and a lot of our friends. Truthfully, I haven't heard about how Target and other big-boxes treat suppliers. But what Wal-Mart puts suppliers through just to CONTINUE selling product there... I haven't heard anything remotely similar about other retailers. Perhaps forcing suppliers to reduce packaging size indirectly reduces their carbon footprint. But what happens to all the plastic and paper companies have to throw away because Wal-Mart wanted the change immediately? (and that's exactly what they do!) But I am always open to learning, and I would gladly read the research you suggested if you could point me to it!
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
No Target, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, etc. here in Vermont, but up near Burlington where I live we've got a Walmart (though of course not without great protest). It's convenient to have all that stuff in one store and at a general lower price, and it does supply the area with many jobs. And, the prescription plan they have is very helpful for many people.
sierra16 sierra16 8 years
What I don't get is people saying that the quality of their products is cheap, when its the exact same thing target sells. Now if everyone actually knew of some of the ways Target treats it employees then maybe everyone one here would be forming diffrent opinions. I should know my fiance is currently a manager for target.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
What about the positive "green" effects Walmart has had on recycling and reducing packaging waste? There's research out there that says Walmart helps to stabilize prices in a community, which is beneficial for all retailers. No one reads that because it is contrary to established beliefs about Walmart. I think for some, it's fashionable to hate on Walmart while glibly blaming it on their business practices of which they are often ignorant. And then to praise Target out of the other side of the mouth is completely hypocritical. But not y'all, you know, just some people...
menthadict menthadict 8 years
I am very anti wal-mart. I also don't live anywhere near one so it's not as if it's that hard for me to resist the tempataion.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
I would have no problem shopping there if every one I've ever been in wasn't a complete, disorganized mess...not to mention the handfull of times I've made the poor decision to purchase something, I watch my life flash before my eyes as I stand in a slow-as-molasses is way worse for my blood pressure than other stores are on my wallet...stress-free shopping for me, please
Dr-No Dr-No 8 years
I'm glad I'm not the only one that refuses to shop at Wal-Mart! It isn't the "stigma" of shopping there, it's their business practices. I've worked at companies that sell items to Wal-Mart, and so do my friends and relatives. The things they do to ensure that they can sell to consumers at the lowest price are absolutely despicable. And because they are so huge, because so many people shop there, they get away with it. You're damned if you sell to Wal-Mart, and damned if you don't! Most companies end up moving manufacturing overseas. The sad part is that those people who rely on manufacturing jobs are those that Wal-Mart preys on! The more you shop at Wal-Mart, the less options you will have in your neighborhood, because everywhere else will go out of business. And then pretty soon we will all have to work for Wal-Mart because the only jobs left in the US will be at Wal-Mart! (OK, that's a gross exaggeration, but you get my point!)
stefsprl stefsprl 8 years
I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart, for all of the reasons Dr No said.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Nope. I'm a Target woman.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I'm not too good for savings, i'd love to be near a walmart.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I really don't like Wal-Mart and I avoid going there at all costs. It's always too crowded and I don't feel like the quality of the products are worth it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm still not going to turn to Wal-Mart even if it's the most affordable way to do things. i think that i would rather let my friends and family know that i'm in a financial rut than to go budget on them, since that's kind of saying that you're getting people gifts because you feel like you HAVE to rather than because you want to. i know that everyone will understand since we are all in the same boat on this one.
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