We have since been lucky enough to move to an area where there is a Target that is actually closer than Walmart. I have not shopped in a Walmart in almost 5 years. WOOT!
Call me biased, but I HATE Walmart. While the fact that it’s a ‘Mart’ should be enough, there are a number of reasons that I absolutely abhor Wal-Mart. Not the least of which is the fact that I can NEVER find what I’m looking for-and if I do, it’s generally more expensive (or at least the same price) as the same item anywhere else.
Not Everyone Eats Meat (Or Deep Fried Everything)
Tied for first place: the lack of healthy (and vegetarian) options. We have a Super-Wal-Mart right down the street from our house (surprise, surprise!), that has virtually NO vegetarian/vegan options. I was completely SHOCKED to hear that they had started carrying one flavor of So Delicious soy ice cream over the last month.
My next beef (pardon the phrase)? The lack of decent parking. Unless I go at the crack of dawn or late at night, the selection stinks.
AND people definitely feel like the Wal-Mart parking lot is a speed track. NOT somewhere I want to go with Smalls. Especially since everyone seems to think that the stop signs by the cross walks are just a suggestion.
Rollbacks Are Laughable
And ‘rollbacks’? What ‘rollbacks’? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Wal-Mart seems to be getting a tad bit expensive…unless you purchase their ‘Great Value’ brand items. I recently ran to get a sippy cup for Smalls, and discovered that the price of his favorite cup had jumped an entire dollar in less than a month!
According to WalletPop, I’m not the only one to notice this. According to JP Morgan Chase, who has been tracking prices on the same 50 items, prices have been climbing since May of last year. I’m happy to report that they discovered that one of my favorite haunts, Tar-jhay, is actually cheaper much of the time.
Walmart Feeds On Family-Owned Businesses
Another issue that I have? Wal-Mart builds in small towns (my hometown being one of them), and quite literally kills the local businesses. That SUCKS. I remember stores having ‘closing’ sales about a year after Wal-Mart went in…they just couldn’t compete!!
Why would you put a huge box store in a small town?
We had everything we needed:
- hardware store,
- clothing store, and
- office supply.
My little town did not NEED a Wal-Mart. And, not surprisingly, those stores I mentioned above? They aren’t there anymore. It’s tragic.
And the locals are sitting there scratching their heads-wondering ‘what happened’.
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My last issue with Wal-Mart? I hate feeling overdressed if I show up to shop in more than my raggedy old pajama pants and hubby’s college tee-shirt.
Oh! And if I’ve had a shower? Forget it. I go to Target.