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When did Walmart turn into America's loony bin?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by hondo, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    You should have nut punched that store manager for putting up with that shit. Fuck.
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  2. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    For me, part of it is how many stops I want to make. I go to the "mainstream" grocery store or (preferably the farmer's market) for produce. Then the specialty meat market for meat, and Wal-Mart for toiletries and boxed/canned/refrigerated/frozen grocery goods. Do I want to add in an Aldi's trip and make it a 4-stop, half-day affair?

    One example of the price difference that has really stuck out to me: my wife and I sometimes use those Zyquil sleep aid capsules. At Walgreens, a box of 12 costs $5.99. At Wal-Mart, they are $4.97. The Wal-Mart brand, which includes the same exact ingredients, and works just as well, is 97 cents for the same box of 12.

    I wish I was in a place where I could stand up for the mom-and-pop stores and only give my business to those people, but I can't do that. Not sure I would even if I could.
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  3. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    Here, Costco and Walmart are in the same center. I go to Costco first, mostly for food. We've never been disappointed by Costco meat. Anything they don't have, I go to Walmart. Usually just for toiletries.
    Posed a question here many moons ago. Nobody answered: Are the Wrangler shorts from Walmart the same as the Wrangler shorts from Target. I have many pairs. You look at the labels (if they are accurate) and they are made in many different places, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Bangladesh, etc.
  4. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    I've wonder that with undershirts. Are the 6 for $20 at JC Penny or Kohl's the same as the 6 for $8 at Walmart, or do Fruit of the Loom and Hanes make different qualities for different retailers?
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019
  5. BadgerBeer

    BadgerBeer Well-Known Member

    Perhaps this has already been noted but to the OP? How are you just noticing that Walmart is America's loony bin? Visit a Walmart at 11:30 PM on a school night and you will be amazed at all the alcohol/cigarette smoke smelling parents w/kids that somehow think it is a good idea to take the kids shopping. God bless the teachers.
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Depends on the brand. Some do. Some don't.

    Levi's does a "Signature" line that is exclusively for WM. And "Denizen" for Target. You can't find those offerings on Levi's website.
  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    At my store, they keep home pregnancy kits under lock and key as well. Twice I've been asked for recommendations. SMH.
  8. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Are the Walmart online prices the same as the store prices?
  9. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere years ago that Wal-Mart goes to the suppliers and says (for example) to Del Monte, "We will pay 50 cents for this can of corn."

    Del Monte comes back and says, "No, our cans of corn are 89 cents." Then Wal-Mart goes back and says "Fine, we won't carry your brand. If you want it in our 5 billion stores, you need to give it to us for 50 cents per can."

    The result is that Del Monte has the 89-cent cans that they sell to everyone else, and a lesser-quality, 50-cent can that is only sold in Wal-Marts. So you get what you pay for when it comes to quality.
  10. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Many stories like that are apocryphal. In that example, I'd doubt Del Monte has the equipment to sort individual kernals of corn into normal grade vs. WM grade.

    Now WM (and every other retailer) does apply that kind of downward pressure on prices from manufacturers. It's more data based now. "You know, this peg isn't turning fast enough. So if you want to keep it in our 5,000 stores then we'll need to either get it from you cheaper or you'll need to improve your pull-through at POS."
  11. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    That doesn't seem legal.
  12. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    It’s negotiations. Completely legal.
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