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 This was on TV last night. Kind of a documentary in sort of a Michael Moore style. It basicly rips Walmart. Everything from its impact on the local economy, pay vs exec's salary, how much danger in their parking lot, cheating on employee O.T. towns that successfully kept Walmart out   etc etc.....

 It seems factual ( although somewhat cheesy ) has anyone else seen this?

Just courious what you thought of it.

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I try to shop at Wal Mart as little as possible. I go in there and some things just aggravate me. Like pancakes in a bag. Is it that hard to wake up 7 minutes earlier?

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I try to shop at Wal Mart as little as possible. I go in there and some things just aggravate me. Like pancakes in a bag. Is it that hard to wake up 7 minutes earlier?

Convenience bothers you? :-?

My COUNTY doesn't have a Wal Mart, but I know they pay higher than a lot of fast food restaurants. In my case a Wal Mart would boost our economy dramatically. However, a Wal Mart every 5 miles would not be the case.

I am not for all of the "Made in China" junk they sell, but most of the time their prices ARE really lower that other stores. Convenience is what its all about. Why go to 3 stores when you can get it all in one place?

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  It seems factual ( although somewhat cheesy ) has anyone else seen this?

So do Michael Moore's "documentaries"   ::) ::) but that doesn't make them actually factual.

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I try to shop at Wal Mart as little as possible. I go in there and some things just aggravate me. Like pancakes in a bag. Is it that hard to wake up 7 minutes earlier?

You can get those at any grocery store too.  What does the laziness of the typical American have to do with Wal-Mart?

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Ok the pancake thing was a little much....lol

I wont open my mouth on this anymore.

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i love this store and i dont know why!!  i just go there sometimes to wander around and look at crap.  i used to buy everything there, but more recently some thing i get elsewhere.  groceries we now mostly go to HEB, fishing stuff is online or academy.  i do buy t-shirts there cuz they are cheap and i am going to wreck them at work anyway.  and i buy work pants there too, dickies for 12 bucks!!  but my normal jeans i buy anywhere else(usually kohls), as long as they are levis 501 button flys.  some stuff for the kids we get there too, clothes and toys and stuff.

Cliff

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I know one thing for sure, you go in there with a $100 bill you come out with a empty pocket. Don't know why but it happens every time. ::)

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It seems factual ( although somewhat cheesy ) has anyone else seen this?

So do Michael Moore's "documentaries" ::) ::) but that doesn't make them actually factual.

  Hence the word SEEMS

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I try to shop at Wal Mart as little as possible. I go in there and some things just aggravate me. Like pancakes in a bag. Is it that hard to wake up 7 minutes earlier?

Convenience bothers you? :-?

My COUNTY doesn't have a Wal Mart, but I know they pay higher than a lot of fast food restaurants. In my case a Wal Mart would boost our economy dramatically. However, a Wal Mart every 5 miles would not be the case.

I am not for all of the "Made in China" junk they sell, but most of the time their prices ARE really lower that other stores. Convenience is what its all about. Why go to 3 stores when you can get it all in one place?

The problem is HOW they get those prices, and what they do to manufacturing companies to get their prices lower.

many would be surprised by the "imposter" goods at Wal-Mart.

The same manufacturer will often make 2 versions of the same product, one for salee at wal-mart and one for sale everywhere else. because when you are ROCK BOTTOM on price just .50 lower may not be possible....

read the stories about small business owners flow to Arkansas and not being returned home or even to the airport when they wouldnt meet Wal Marts price demand....we have one in our town. My grocery bill is $19/week higher at Bi-Lo,  but I shop there every week.

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We quit buying our groceries at Walmart and our grocery bill dropped about 20.00 a week.

We do get our prescriptions filled there, $4 is hard to beat when you dont have health insurance.

I do get a lot of my terminal tackle there, as it is close to the house and usually on the way fishing, and the prices for that is about the same everywhere.

However, if you watched Ted Koppel's special on China tonight and for the next 3 nights.  Companies like Walmart are the reason China's economy is booming and they are now buying cars (Chevy sells more cars in China than in USA)and GASOLINE at a record pace.  So I guess we can blame Walmart for the high gas prices as well!! :-?

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I worked at wal-mart a few months ago. I can tell you this after working there I never want to go back unless I have to. You would get chewed out for working 10 minns of over time a week. the pay wasnt that great also. I was making 7.95 a hour. I know that is some what good money a month. But with out my grandparents I would have never made rent or payed my blls. If I rember right I think the guys that work in tire and lube make like 12-20 dollers a hour. Thats great pay for a tire and lube guy. Most shops around here you don't even get 10 a hour. And from what I hear from a friend that went to school to bea gresse monkey it takes a long time to even break 10 a hour.

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Weird, I'm watching it right now and I just saw this thread. It's interesting, but overwhelmingly dramatically negative to a point it makes  the documentary lose credibility.

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I hate WalMart. I hate what they do to local business, the way they bully in to towns that don't want them there, the way they treat their employees, etc etc. But.....

If you can find another place where I can buy a pack of Gammie EWGs, a dozen socks, a watermelon, and fish food at 3 AM, I'd like to see it.

I try to go only when I NEED to.

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Weird, I'm watching it right now and I just saw this thread. It's interesting, but overwhelmingly dramatically negative to a point it makes the documentary lose credibility.

Exactly. 100 million Americans shop at Wal Mart every week. That's 1/3 of the whole United States.

I am not a fan of outsourcing and offshoring, but many people don't realize its many benefits. Yes, it may put Billy Bob's hardware store down the street out of business, but thats how it goes.

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Seems to me that what once was the dream of a good man to give Americans a big selection of  merchindise at a fair price and most american made at that has been lost.  

In my area there is a comunist-mart every 20 miles and sometimes closer,   They have just moved out of an old building in one town  into a mega huge Super Wal-mart and are considering building another two miles down the road from the one they just built.  They said there so busy at the new one that it's already to small and they can't keep up with demand and want to build a new one.  

I used to be a Wal-mart shopper but not any more, rarely do I buy anything there.   And it's not just Wal-mart although there probally to blame on getting the ball rolling in china, but sears K-mart and just about all the others are the same anymore.   It's hard to find anything thats made in America these days.   As long as there is a demand there will always be a Wal-Mart    I try and support the mom and pop stores, I think your going to see a trend there as people grow tired of the Big Box stores

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i know that there are people that have to work at a place like wal mart because they cant find work anywhere else but for the others i dont feel that bad for  because noboby forces them to work there for minimum wage when they could just leave. personally i dont understand it when people get a job then complain about the wages when they dont have to stay there

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I have seen the Walmart shows more than once. Like it was said before, where else can you go and get 7 jalapenos, 1 tube sock, 38 cans of spam, get your prescription filled and buy a can of paint all while getting your oil changed? No where. I look at it this way, if you like the store than do business with them. If not then shut up and go somewhere else. Do you think Wal Mart cares? For every 1 person who refuses to shop there, 3 will gladly.

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Ok, walmart is pushing their stores into cities and supposedly no one wants a walmart in the town, but the whole town shops at walmart. If they really didn't want a walmart then they shouldn't shop there, plain and simple. Yes they can be an eyesore but the people that don't want these things in town is not the town it is the people that run the town. Most people especially in places with a majority of lower class families. Walmart saves them a lot of money. I don't shop at walmart unless I have to but if I really needed to save a couple extra bucks every week I would.

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I don't like shopping at Wal-mart. At least the one that I go to. The second I walk in it feels like I am in a third-world country. I am the only one there that speaks English or has never been sent to jail before...

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I don't like shopping at Wal-mart. At least the one that I go to. The second I walk in it feels like I am in a third-world country. I am the only one there that speaks English or has never been sent to jail before...

Do you know this for a fact?

Its easy to see people who may look "different" from you and assume that they dont speak English or that they have a shady past.

Get off your soap box.

Funny thing about your statement too....you dont like going to Walmart, but apparently that sure as heck doesnt stop you from shopping there.

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I don't like shopping at Wal-mart. At least the one that I go to. The second I walk in it feels like I am in a third-world country. I am the only one there that speaks English or has never been sent to jail before...
arent you like 14 years old :-?this site used be to good, till every post was starting to  be run down with children telling adults how the world works

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It seems factual ( although somewhat cheesy ) has anyone else seen this?

So do Michael Moore's "documentaries" ::) ::) but that doesn't make them actually factual.

Hence the word SEEMS

I realize that you had seems in there, but I was just pointing out that these docu-dramas are typically less about facts and more about pushing the opinion of the writer of the docu-drama.

Wal-Mart has issues, but when you're as big as Wal-mart is you are going to have issues somewhere.

We shop at Wal-Mart all the time (either there or meijr).  It's way more convenient to get everything at one store than it is to get the kids in and out of the car at 4 or 5 different stores.  AND I save money shopping there too.  

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The problem is HOW they get those prices, and what they do to manufacturing companies to get their prices lower.

So why don't these manufacturing companies just tell Wal-mart to stick it?

read the stories about small business owners flow to Arkansas and not being returned home or even to the airport when they wouldnt meet Wal Marts price demand....we have one in our town.

Can't they call a cab and arrange their own transportation?

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