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  •  I do my best not to shop there, either, (2+ / 0-)
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    grover, Miggles

    but I know a helluva lotta of people (like single parents on limited incomes) who REALLY do not have any CHOICE in the matter. They simply do not. They are good people, good parents, with "good" jobs (cough!) who simply MUST make every penny count.

    I'm grateful for the fact that I at least have a choice. Yep, I get to avoid WalMart because the two bucks here and the fifty cents there--well, hell, I can afford to miss out on the mayhem.

    But a lot of people CAN'T. And a lot of the comments about the people who shop at Walmart are starting to sound very "dog-whislish".

    I'm tempted to ask: So, tell me, folks, what do you really mean? Those Black people, or those Poor people?

    Granted, there are probably a few who do it "just for sport", but for the most part, I think people shop at Walmart because they must, not because they just love it.

    •  I think it's about half. (1+ / 0-)
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      grumpelstillchen

      I know quite a few people who can't afford to shop anywhere else. They bring in their ads from other stores to get the Walmart price match, which saves them from having to drive around town. With gas prices the way they are, THAT is an additional big savings.

      But I know quite a few people who actually live in nicer homes than we do, drive better cars than we do, go on more and waaaaay fancier vacations than we do who shop at Walmart. They can shop elsewhere. One always whines that she can't afford to feed her teens shopping anywhere else. Yeah. She just got back from Hawaii, a trip the whole family took "just because."

      Some people really do think that Walmart has the lowest prices. And on a few things, they do. It tends to be at regular retail or just pennies below on most major items. Its name brand tends to be about 30% cheaper, but from what I've seen, the quality is about 30% off too.  Clothes and all that stuff?  Most of that stuff looks like the same thngs you'd buy at Target or Kohls.  But if you pick up a package of Hanes socks or Fruit of the Loom underwear, the packaging is different. And in fact, the product is about 20-40% thinner. It will wear out that much faster.

      A good friend  falls into the "I have to shop at Walmart" catagory, so I've seen a lot of this stuff upclose and personal. I walked around the store on my own just to see what it's really like. I do have to say that the sales associates are incredibly friendly and try to be helpful. But it's obvious that many don't work often enough. I asked one to help me find something and she just wandered around the store, said that they shelf grocery items differently all the time, and she only works 3-4 days a week. She seemed embarrassed to not have any idea where things were placed in her own store.

      But as to your point, the nasty comments about Walmart shoppers bothers me too. There are a lot of places in the country where there is no option because of geography. And for many because of their family circumstances, Walmart (and Dollar Stores) is simply all they can afford. In my life, it's about half middle class people who could go elsewhere but like the convenience and/or the prices and half who really have few other choices.

      Either way, I don't judge people based on where they shop. My upscale friends have to live with themselves and their choices. It's not my place to judge them. And I certainly am not going to judge anyone struggling to get by.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:05:21 AM PST

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