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Old 11-30-2005, 06:41 AM   #15
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Literally EVERYTHING I have bought for our camper thus far has come from WM. My water hose, water regulator, filter, wheel chocks, pots and pans, lighters, table cloths and clips, etc. They have linx levelers that I have my eye on as well.

I don't know what I would do w/o WM. I have 5 kids and homeschool. I don't have time to run to the grocery for food, the department store for clothes, shoe store for shoes, camp store for supplies, etc. I can go into walmart, get my nails done, get the kids hair cut, eat at McDs or Blimpies, get diapers, food, clothing, toys, etc.

My dh is an army chaplain and we live on post. There is a bx and commissary that are quite large. I have been in them about 2x. Their prices are WAY higher than WM.

And as for the little stores going out of business. If they would lower their prices, I may be tempted to shop there. I don't buy the fact that they have them that high so they can stay in business. Those little mom and pop stores pay their employees very little with no benefits because the law says they don't have to because they are so small. They want to make profit. That is what business is about. This is a free enterprise society. We can affect what businesses do by where we shop and by letting them know.

If enough people reject WM and shop the little stores, they will be fine. However, a lot of moms like me, like the one stop. If these stores are customer savvy, they will try to find a way to draw more people in. Lower prices, more services, etc. Some stores now accept bill payments and that draws people in.

I too miss the little mom and pop stores my mom used to shop in. They knew us by name. Times have changed, some for the good, some for the bad. There is a lot I miss about the good ole days, but that is how life is sadly enough.

Oh, back on topic about WM and rv supplies. If there is anything that you want, and you know the product #, just ask and they may be able to get it for you. I also think it has a lot to do with location. I would be willing to bet that the ones on major highways that get a lot of "boondockers" (I know that word usage is being debated now, but I will use it for lack of a better word) have a lot more rv supplies than others. Just like our local store has a lot of mexican foods and there is one in NO with a large kosher section. They meet the needs of their customers.

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Old 11-30-2005, 07:16 AM   #16
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While the discussion goes on complaining about Walmart, try to remember that Camping World was bought out by Affinity group. They have bought up many suppliers and competitors in the RV parts/supply business. An example is that they only sell A&E awnings. CW used to also sell Carefree and other brands. Affinity owns A&E!

If people want competition they should shop at the competitors and keep them n business. RVupgrades sponsors this forum and has good prices as an example.

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Old 11-30-2005, 07:53 AM   #17
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Navy term as in airdale for aviation, bubble head for submariners, snipe for engineers, I believe the Marines have their own terms like wing wiper for aviation, grunt for infantry etc.. There are lots of others like deck ape, monkey mate, cannon cocker, stew burner, sparktrician, quartergasket and skivie waver..

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Old 12-03-2005, 05:10 PM   #18
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Yep, Snipe is the term for Navy Engineers, I was one for 20 years.

The reason Wal-Mart can sell for less is their buying power. But that buying power comes at a price. Lost American jobs, both in the towns that wal-mart moves into and in the compines wal mart buys from. Levi jeans was one example. The Levis on wal marts shelves are made overseas and are of lesser quality than the more costly American made levis. Another example is Valasic pickels. Wal-mart demanded that Valasic sell them the pickles at a price point that was below what it cost to make the jar of pickles. Valasic told them they would not sell them at that price. Wal-mart then told Valasic that all their product would be removed from wal-mart shelves then. So valasic had no choice but to loose money selling those pickels to wal mart. Valasic is also pepredge farms, campblles soup and many others.

As for Wal-mart wages On thanksgiving my daughter had to work or loose her job. She did not get time and a half nor double time she got 1 dollar more and hour. The only other grociery store in town that was open gave their employees that worked double time. They also will not let you work over 40 hours cause the law wold force them to pay time and a half.

I also agree with Free enterprise. Wal-mart is with in their rights of our system to do what they are doing to other companies. They are making a huge profit and that is want the stock holder and owners want. However they are doing that at the expense of they rank and file that work for them and many other us companies. Many much smaler compies offer their empolyees better benifits.

I choose not to support a corporation whose business practices are such as wal-marts. I chose to defend this country for 20 years. I not choose to support American jobs, American Manufacturing and my local community which includes local busineeses.
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Old 12-03-2005, 05:36 PM   #19
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We just came back from food shopping at WM cause they are the only large food store left in town.Compparing the price breakdown on the price tickets we found all the large economy sized packages were more per ounce than the smaller size.All their chicken is enhanced(injected) with up to 25% broth.(salt water)A steak we bought last week had so much enhancement ,when I put it on the grill ot steamed instead if searing.We brought it back and told them we thought we bought a steak, not salted beef.Read the lables carefully if you are on a salt restricted diet.Besides I don't want to pay that much for salt water.
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Old 12-04-2005, 04:12 AM   #20
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This has gotten way off the original post I started which was the convienience of having RV parts at WalMart.

But since it has been addressed I will say this, In this country you have got to be competitive or get out of the race. You can not expect to sell junk at inflated prices and stay in business, if you don't believe that look at GMs current situation.

WalMart may be at the top of their game at the moment but they won't stay there if they do the things that are said in these posts. A new "Sam Walton" will come along and they will go the way of K-Mart who was once also at the top of their game.

US consumers have and will continue to buy from who ever gives them the most bang for their buck.

I support US made products as much or more than the next guy, I served this country for 40 years. I know we can not compete with foreign labor prices just as the Japanese can't compete with US labor prices (that is why they have so many US plants now) so,,, many foreign made goods are cheaper than US made goods and it goes back to what I said earlier, US consumers will buy the lowest priced items that are of reasonable quality and if WalMart happens to be the store that sells them then that is where they will shop. When that is no longer the case they will shop somewhere else. Like it or not that is the way it is.

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I knew Sam Walton personally when I was a VP of Sales and Marketing for the largest Tool and Tackle box manufacturer located in LeRoy, New York from 1960 to 1974. That was during the time Walmart was just getting off the ground. He was a wonderful person, a great manager and a very effective teacher.

Sam would come into the National Hardware Show in New York or the Fishing Tackle Show in Chicago with his top 12 store managers, select the products from the display based on retail
price points and then let the managers write their own orders for their stores.

Their individual store orders were often considerably larger than those placed by Wholesalers!

Here is an interesting article that just ran in the Orlando Sentinel (by a Washington Post writer who generally are not fans of Walmart)
which deals with the FACTS of Walmart's financial impact on wages, other businesses and retail savings. Progressive Walmart -- Really!

Needless to say, I'm a big fan of Walmart. They were one of the first major US companies to recognize the impact global trade would have on lower prices and instituted a business plan to deliver those prices to the American consumer profitably.

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Old 12-05-2005, 04:01 AM   #22
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First let me say I believe in free enterprise and I am not an economics major. But I read an article a while ago where due to the vast buying power of Walmart, a bicycle company no longer had the manufacturing capacity to produce their higher end bikes because the demand from Walmart to order the cheap ones they sell in the store. I think thats why we have laws against monopolies. I am not crazy about Walmart but if I need to I shop there.
On another note, we all just have too much stuff. AND I readily admit that I am one of those people. I love to shop for bargains. It's an entertainment for me. But I try to keep it at one thing/one thing out. But Americans have accumulated so much stuff that they need to rent extra storage units to house it. That is just plain crazy. Walmart and others take advantage of this situation.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:14 PM   #23
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WalMart is pretty shrewd when it come to stocking their shelves, if you ever take notice some WalMarts that are near areas where there are a large number of RV'er or Snowbirds will carry a super large selection of RV supply's, take for instance our Wal-Mart here in Pensacola has a separate Dept that sells all types of mattress & bedding because of the large number of Military men and women who rent while on duty here, I guess you would call it Supply & Demand,If its in Demand Wal-Mart will supply it.
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Lots of people (not just here) seem to be jealous of success. "Wish'd I'd have thought of that", "I had that idea first", etc,etc.

Idealists are probably the most vocal. "They pay slave wages, no bennies"

When was the last time you saw the WalMart trucks going down the street capturing people to haul off to the stores and forced into labor?? Geez, you think some of the employees went in there looking for a job?

Have you even noticed that in these stores there are a whole lot of citizens that are employed there who have special needs? Do you have any idea how whole this has made life for these people? Name another chain that employs as many?? How many Mom & Pop stores cared enough about them?

Yes, I think that if Benton received enough response from their stores that people want more RV stuff, that we'd see it go into the stores. Whether it'd stay or not is up to you, the public. They do track inventories closely, thats part of why they're so successful.

Enough ranting,

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Old 12-16-2005, 06:50 PM   #25
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I was just in a Walmart here and they are now have RV supplies in about three feet of store space. Maybe it is because of the off season. I have been to two different stores lately and they have cut way back.
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Old 12-25-2005, 02:21 PM   #26
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Couple comments on Walmart:
No one is forced to shop there....
No one is forced to work there ...
Products are not stocked if they don't sell ...
They don't force Mfg to sell to them ....
If Mfg don't have capacity to sell to others, maybe they need to add, which equals greater profits...
No one wants a Walmart near them, but, wants to shop there....
The bigger the company, the greater the chance to screw up ....
The way some RVer's abuse the parking, I am surprised it is allowed....
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