The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Oh, well, certainly not me. I'm a lawyer you know.
     


  2. Harold falcon

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    I occasionally buy dish detergent and tissues at wal-mart. And vitamins. But all name brand stuff.
     


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    I think anyone who doesn't at least do the basic shopping at Walmart, is being unnecessarily pretentious.

    If you're buying groceries, especially meat or produce, however ... ya, your house probably has wheels.
     


  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I think Walmart is illegal where I live.
     


  5. SkinnyGoomba

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    I'd rather pretentious than be a Walmart shopper.
     


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    Since they just made walmart legal here recently, there are now several "walmart express" locations within walking/biking distance of my apartment (and they wonder why people think they drive other things out of business).

    I've been in a couple of times and I don't get it. Hell, the milk costs almost as much as it does around the corner at whole foods...far more than it does down the street at walgreens or the regular grocery store. Nothing seems good about it except for the fact that I think it is open 24 hours while the walgreens and whole foods are not (the normal grocery store is, but that's another 2-3 blocks away so you know...impossible)
     
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  7. mike1445

    mike1445 Senior member

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    you can call wal-mart the picture perfect model of capitalism because they streamline all deliveries and deal in such volumes that they can negotiate prices so much lower than most all competitors. But I think their business model is gross. It might be hypocritical and wasteful of my own money to pick and choose where i want to spend it but Wal-Mart has always rubbed me the wrong way. Great people watching though.
     


  8. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Walmart's just a store. It's not as competitive as it used to be, but only because it raised the bar for a lot of other retailers. Why people hate them for that I have no idea.
     


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    Because target is like 10x better?
     


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    WalMart is still the only option in a great many rural areas.

    My family has a lakehouse in the middle of nowhere, SC. There is a WalMart about 20 minutes away that is about your only option for shopping. I wish there was a Target, I'd go there instead.
     


  11. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    I am always a bit skeptical of all the Wal-Mart hate; a lot of it is irrational, reactionary, and elitist. But I have to say, I rarely set foot in one of their stores and each time I do I am reminded of why I hate doing so. They really are sad, sad places.
     


  12. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Walmart was a favorite of b-school profs for case studies back when I was getting the MBA. I often read the claim Walmart independently kept a % or 2 off the inflation rate in the US. Their supply chain and customer service were often the topics of case studies. I stop in once in a great while mainly to buy target ammo. Even in my occasional stops the mainline stores seem to have deteriorated some in the last decade. I think they're diluting their brand and actually becoming like the image they are often portrayed as.

    FWIW, if I want to do pleb shopping, it's CostCo.
     


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    One improvement that the Home Depots and walmarts have causes is that th local guy as had to change markets to survive. So now my local hardware carries all the high end stuff that I like (festool, ect) and the local paint shop is a Benjamin Moore distributor.
     


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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    Yeah, this, for sure. I used to go to a Walmart near my old house somewhat regularly and I liked it for sundries and basic home goods. I don't know if Target's emergence caused them to go further downmarket, but now they are a real disaster. The shelves are always a mess, merch on the floor, nothing even remotely organized, things mis-labeled... which only compounds the situation as courteous customers stay away and less courteous customers, frustrated, just throw more shit on the floor as they search for what they're looking for. I notice they do seem to hire a lot of what appear to be developmentally disabled folks, which is nice, but they're not really going to do the best job then making sure the place is operating like a well-oiled machine. I was struck on my last visit (just last weekend) how much the "people of Wal-Mart" meme really has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    The membership stores are a completely different ball of wax, IMO. I love Sam's Club - would probably prefer Costco if there were one even remotely convenient for me.
     


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    Yeah, me too. I have definitely seen first hand what a WalMart opening can do--that same lakehouse, there used to be local hardware stores, small grocers, etc just up the road that have all closed since then. But at the same time, that's progress--you can't protect businesses just for the sake of keeping them around and saving jobs, otherwise we'd still have blacksmiths in every town and we'd all be living in log cabins and holes in the ground.

    Regardless of your feelings on the impact of WalMart, you do have respect their supply chain prowess. More and more companies have gotten their supply chain similarly efficient so they can't compete on that alone anymore, but it very impressive nonetheless.
     
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