Isn't Walmart Great?

I'm a Walmart shopper. I love Walmart. Nowhere else can you get such great deals every single day. I try to avoid Safeway or King Sooper's at all costs, because Walmart is just so much cheaper - it's worth driving a little further for those prices.

What do some people have against Walmart anyway? They run a grocery store for the people - who doesn't like saving money? If someone can explain the anti-Walmart position to me, please try. Just know that I probably won't be convinced, but I would like to know the reasoning behind all that complaining. I just done't get it.

What has prompted this Walmart fan club post? Well, I've always loved the store, and yesterday I was reminded of one more wonderful aspect of it. The clearance! Walmart is already the least expensive place in town, and then they have clearance sections in practically every department!

I've been wanting some perfume for a little while, because I ran out of the last perfume I bought. The perfume was Shania Starlight; it's one of Shania Twain's perfumes, and it is heavenly. I don't like perfumes that are too musky, and I don't like perfumes that are too sweet. And generally I prefer florals over fruity scents (though there are exceptions). Well, Shania Starlight is a perfect blend of musky and sweet, and it has a floral essence to it. Definitely one of my new favorites.

Enter the beauty department clearance section! I got two bottles of my Starlight perfume for ten dollars! Granted they are really small bottles, but I learned that those little bottles are normally thirteen dollars each! Twenty-six dollars compared to ten dollars. I don't know anywhere else where you can get brand-name perfume for so little. I was super excited.

Just one more reason to love Walmart.

Above image taken from this Shania Twain Perfume site.
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Chandra said...

Personally I am anti-Walmart for a few reasons:
1. The stores themselves make me sick. There is just something about the lighting and the setup in those places that makes my head hurt and my eyes glaze over.
2. Congrats to them for being so successful on creating their own empire, but they have become so large that they have put other stores out of business.
3. From what I have read, they really don't treat their employees all that well, in fact they encourage using government assitantce to supplement their low benifits.
Mainly, it's a sanity/moral issue for me.

Callie Nicole said...

Thanks for the explanation!

Brittney Galloway said...

I don't think I am anti Walmart, I just choose not to go there, lol, if that makes sense. The stores are dark and not usually as clean and kept up as Target, and I associate dripping ceilings with Walmart, because the ones I have been in always had a leak!

In the end, I choose clean, well lit, pricey stores over Walmart- I'm willing to sacrifice a 15 cent savings on something for an enjoyable shopping environment.

Jessica said...

My Dad was a computer programmer for The Hoover Company for about 20 years. Just a few years ago, The Hoover Company had to lay off most, if not all, of it's Ohio employees (it's headquarters were in Canton, Ohio. They have since shut down and sold the plant there). My Dad was one of the people laid off. He explained that part of their company's problems were due to Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart would buy very cheap sweepers from other companies and sell them for extremely low prices. Of course people went for the cheaper ones, rather than Hoovers. Of course, the cheaper ones didn't last as long or work as well as Hoover, but people only cared about the low prices. And that's part of the reason The Hoover Company was doing so badly. So I personally don't like Wal-Mart.

Also, in Ohio we have Giant Eagles...their groceries are a little more expensive, but for every dollar you spend, you get "fuel perks," which basically means you get a little money off of every gallon of gas. My husband uses the fuel perks because he has a gas-guzzler truck, and usually gets $.60 or $.70 off per gallon! So we actually save more money buying more expensive gorceries, if that makes sense.

But all of that being said, I still shop at Wal-Mart at least 1 or 2 times a week. Does that make me a hypocrite?? lol..I can't help it, they have EVERYTHING at really low prices. I guess I have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart.

Callie Nicole said...

Wow, alot of interesting view points. You still haven't turned me against it, but like I said, I'm pretty hard to convince on this. Maybe it's just in my state, but the difference in price is pretty significant.
Giant Eagle sounds interesting - I've never heard of them before.

Hannah said...

I'm not hardcore anti-walmart but I try to buy from smaller local stores when possible to help out good old american entrepreneurship. I'm all for low prices but I also want to encourage local buying! Glad you found some yummy perfume!

AmyK said...

Interesting topic--and I see you've got quite a discussion started! Haha!

My sister worked for Walmart for a while; she said that to this day she doesn't understand why everybody says that Walmart treats their employees so bad, 'cause she wasn't treated that way at all.

I like Walmart for the prices--and it's true that yes, they drive other companies out of business, but Walmart started small, too. Huge companies like that don't just appear; they start small and grow through effective business strategies.

So it honestly bugs me when people complain, "Walmart puts the little guy out of business!" Well, the little guy should have had a more effective business strategy! Don't cry about it just because somebody did it better than you. Walmart's founder, Sam Walton, was a little guy once, too; he started with a 5 and 10 cent store, but he successfully climbed the ladder.

If you research the history of the Walmart company, it's quite fascinating to see how it all started out--and how Sam Walton successfully built his company!

Callie Nicole said...

I tend to agree with you Amy! That's interesting about your sister working for Walmart, and feeling like she was treated fine! I'm glad to have someone on my side here! *smile*

Jenene said...

Most of the Wal-Mart's I've been in have been cluttered and dirty. It's like they're saying, "Not only is our stuff cheap, but we're cheap too!"

I've also heard a lot of stories about shady/weird/gross people who go to Wal-Mart late at night. It just gives me an icky feeling, even though I've never seen any horrible things there, personally.

But I do like their prices.

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