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Old 04-25-2006, 05:12 AM   #43
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I love Walmarts when I travel. I know I am going to get a decent price on whatever I buy and that they will probably have what I need. Also, you can't beat those huge parking lots when your towing a trailer. I don't shop at them at home because I hate the crowds. Then I shop at Target and United (our local grocery store chain). I can get in and out of both of those faster than I can Walmart.
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I was born in Arkansas & bet Sam is rolling over in his grave with so many changes in his company. I shop at WM regularly and have overnighted when necessary.
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Old 04-25-2006, 06:08 AM   #45
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I think "Machman72" hit the nail ont he head.

For those of you traveling 75 in FL, they just opened a Big SuperStore 24/7 on the SW corner of I-75 and Gibsonton road, I think it is exit 254.


We shop Walmart, because we can save a lot of $$ on the same items found in our major grocery stores. We are retired, so we can miss the usual crowds.
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Old 05-12-2006, 01:21 PM   #46
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Like any large chain, they have their good points and bad. The same can be said even for the local "mom and pop" stores. What WalMart does better than anyone, however, is know their markets and closely track what sells. Inventories vary by regional preferences and local stores know what inventory moves, and what does not.
So, if your local WalMart sells "junk" and you don't like their assortment of merchandise, quit buying locally and shop elsewhere. You, and your neighbors who shop locally are the problem! Its a free country and all mass merchandisers do, eventually, respond to customers' needs. WalMart simply seems to generally do it quicker and better than the competition.
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Let's see now ... last post (before this one) was ... August 10,2005 ... I think it's time to put it to rest !!!
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Old 05-12-2006, 07:51 PM   #48
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Retired2Golf... The date an item is posted is at the top of the post, next to that little yellow note icon. The date the poster registered on IRV2 is at the bottom, along with the number of posts they made, their location and, last in the list, the date they registered.

To be honest, I find the amount of "Wal-Mart Bashing" that occurs on the various RV forums amazing. After all they are just a store. The "power" they have was given to them by the consumers and can just as easily taken away by the same consumers. Nice thing about living in America is that we have lots of choices about where to shop. If some folks don't like to shop at Wal-Mart, that's okay and it's their right. I personally don't eat at McDonalds (once worked at one when a teen... yuk!) or Burger King. Just really don't care for the food. Of course LOTS of folks do like those two restaurants. To each his own. How boring would it be if we all liked the same thing...
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Hi Lorna, Oh Ohh, "Egg on Face", Yep,
I looked at the date joined at bottom .... I like Walmart for the convenience and locations (and of course the prices) I am with you on most of the fast food chains ... I'd rather sit down and enjoy .... but that is a personal choice.

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I have only one gripe with walmart. Of the approximately 8000 suppliers they buy from over 6000 are foriegn.
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Old 05-19-2006, 09:15 PM   #51
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jim S.:
I have only one gripe with walmart. Of the approximately 8000 suppliers they buy from over 6000 are foriegn. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Just curious as to where you got this information?

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Old 05-19-2006, 10:11 PM   #52
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jim S.:
Of the approximately 8000 suppliers they buy from over 6000 are foreign. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The following quote is from this Walmart fact site::

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Wal-Mart purchases goods from more than 61,000 U.S. suppliers and supports more than 3 million supplier jobs. It buys goods from local suppliers in communities across America, and other local businesses benefit from the shoppers drawn to its stores. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And on their Global Procurement website page they say:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"(Walmart) sources products from more than 70 countries around the world, working from 27 offices located in 23 countries including:"

<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Bangladesh <LI>Brazil <LI>Chile <LI>China
<LI>Guatemala <LI>Honduras <LI>India <LI>Indonesia
<LI>Italy <LI>Korea <LI>Mexico <LI>Nicaragua
<LI>Pakistan <LI>Philippines <LI>Singapore <LI>Spain
<LI>Sri Lanka <LI>Taiwan <LI>Thailand <LI>Turkey
<LI>United Kingdom <LI>United States <LI>United <LI>Arab Emirates[/list]</div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 05-20-2006, 06:23 AM   #53
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Walmart "junk":
DW just got a lawn swing from Walmart as
a birthday gift. My job was to put it
together. It had to be designed here and
built over there. The quality is very good.
The steel framework is nicely powder-coated.
The instruction sheet was written by someone
with a brain. I think this one item, although,
ChiCom, is an example of better things from Walmart.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Hitchhiker:

The following quote is from this Walmart fact site::

[QUOTE]Wal-Mart purchases goods from more than 61,000 U.S. suppliers and supports more than 3 million supplier jobs. It buys goods from local suppliers in communities across America, and other local businesses benefit from the shoppers drawn to its stores. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And on their Global Procurement website page they say:

[QUOTE]"(Walmart) sources products from more than 70 countries around the world, working from 27 offices located in 23 countries QUOTE]

Richard,

In no way am I denying the facts, however, I bet it is about the same with all big retailers. Just curious again, how will all of this compare to your past employer, SEARS?

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Old 05-20-2006, 10:59 AM   #55
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">how will all of this compare to your past employer, SEARS? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Probably a great question to use for starting a new thread since this one is discussing Walmart.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"(Walmart) sources products from more than 70 countries around the world, working from 27 offices located in 23 countries QUOTE]

Richard,

In no way am I denying the facts, however, I bet it is about the same with all big retailers. Just curious again, how will all of this compare to your past employer, SEARS?

Rich </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The main difference between Walmart and the others according to a PBS special report on the matter which was broadcast a few short months ago is Walmarts bullying of their American suppliers into laying off their local workforce and outsourcing to China etc. When Walmart starts telling you who you can hire and who you have to fire and where you can make your products and where you can't and who you have to buy the parts to manufacture your product from and the list went on then I have a problem with their tactics. According to the PBS report that I saw Walmart is leading the fray on this and the other retailers are being forced financially to start playing follow the leader. One supplier who was interviewed is trying to throw a monkey wrench into things by going to China and manufacturing there as demanded by Walmart but is raising the pay scale at their factories and the living conditions for the workers there. Maybe if these people start getting payed more than just slave labor wages then things will start to even off and Walmart will then lead the pack back to buying at home instead of offshore.

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