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Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 03:50:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not only do the training videos SAY that Walmart buys American (and they don't) but they hire non-english speaking employees. About a third of overnight stockers where I worked have only a very limited use of english. You have no idea if what you're saying to them is understood, and I sat right there and watched one employee translate another's duties for them becuase they didn't understand what they were expected to do.

But once again. The jobs are there and if you don't think Walmart would rather hire and American, you're wrong, They take what they can get. I am American and english speaking and I got the same rate as everybody else. I had a better chance at advancement, because I have a better education and verbal skills, but the point is, Americans are not knocking down the doors to get hired on at Walmart. Including me.


curley    Posted 02-27-2005 at 14:45:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think walmart is just like every thing else .or business,,,,,they too will fizzle out.someday


bunny    Posted 10-08-2004 at 07:41:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi it kool yeah yo yo


tick    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:58:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can buy low at ff and return high at wallys


kate    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:49:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
there are lots of jobs available....however, i find that there are a lot of lazy Americans and that is why you find non-english speaking people working at these big stores,or any where else... they are trying to make a living the honest way...


Les    Posted 01-08-2004 at 04:02:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some people seem to want to paint Wal-Mart as the great satan. I wish they'd just shut up and go somewhere else if they think it's that bad. But of course, when you wish in one hand and s*** in the other, guess which one fills up first?


Harley Fender    Posted 12-09-2006 at 19:53:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The reason that most stores hire non-english speaking people is that most of them are illegal's and they don't have to pay benifits for them. No health care cause they can go to the health dept for that.
No social securty tax. And the illegal's don't care. If they get to stay here long enough to retire, our bleeding heart liberals in this country will take care of them.


minnema    Posted 08-18-2009 at 12:29:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The illegal workers DO pay social security because it is Walmart (or any other company's) duty to deduct it from their check...then down the road, the illegals are unable to collect SS because either the number is made up or when they file, it's discovered they're illegal. They pay in MILLIONS and get zero--that's one reason why they're not kicked out, they're helping to keep SS afloat!


Don't get it do you    Posted 01-08-2004 at 07:12:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just dont' get it, huh? This is exactly the point that people are trying to make......where is this somewhere else to go shop? Thay are all closed! Go ahead, you can gicve your cash to the Wallet World boys, I'll do my best to give mine to my friends, family, and nieghbors.


kate    Posted 07-14-2004 at 07:58:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm with you on that one....yep Wallyworld has lots to offer and cheap prices...but... they are too big for their britches....we would rather spend the extra few cents and give the dwinlling little guys a break!


Salmoneye    Posted 01-08-2004 at 10:30:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You don't get it, do you?

Not every place is exactly the same as where you live...Some of us live in places where Wal-Mart has not hurt anyone...In fact it has given competition to other merchants...

BTW...Wal-Mart here does not sell 'gas' or 'food'...It is not in the most convenient place in the world either...

And...How can you give your money to your friends, family and neighbors if 'they are all closed'?

I must be missing something...


Les    Posted 01-08-2004 at 11:04:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
About what one might expect from a person not courageous enough to even post a handle.


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 10:40:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
DANG IT SE! I was gonna say that and I forgot. Lol!


~Lenore    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:11:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I go to Wal Mart a lot.
The employees here are like most places;
not very well trained, some friendly, some rude.
I like that they are open til 11:00pm,
I like shopping at night, less crowded.
I do not care for the Super Wal Marts on three sides of my town.
(north, east and west of here)
In fact my daughter who has a SWM drives here to shop at the one here.



Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 09:50:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
No I don't think you get it. In our small town alone we have two feed stores, two furniture stores, one major appliance store, two soda fountain type shops, video store, plumbing supply, printer, two grocery stores, a fully functional pharmacy, two eye doctors, about a half dozen beauty parlors, three clothing stores, and a host of other businesses all owned and run by natives of this town. Small businesses. They are thriving. Walmart doesn't have everything and even if they did, they generally don't have the people there to help you find what you need. Exactly how is Walmart competing? By undercutting them on toilet paper and laundry baskets?

Times have changed and you have to roll with the flow or sink. When I want good quality meat I go buy it at the butcher shop or grow it myself. When I need a new faucet, I go to the plumbing store where the guy can tell me which one to buy and how to put it in. When I needed a new dining table and chairs I went to the two furniture stores in town and compared prices. Produce I buy from the professional produce stands in town. I don't think Walmart is as big a threat as some people seem to think. And I got news for you. You can go to a mom and pop general store and still end up buying products from overseas.

If you want to pick on somebody, pick on Sears. It took stores like Walmart to make them re-evaluate their pricing structure. They started losing business to them and suddenly they said..."hey, we're such great people, we're going to lower our prices by twenty percent storewide! Forever!"

Bullsh*t. They did it because they were losing business and they COULD do it, because they were way over priced for years. If they were that GREAT they would have done it years ago. I haven't been in there since.


joe schmo    Posted 06-19-2004 at 13:56:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
SHUT UUUUUPPPP!?
you are not valid with your unpaciente remarks
FUCK, YOU people are so STUPID


Friendly Fire    Posted 01-08-2004 at 17:00:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is it possible Cindi just got out of the "brain washing" class at walmarts new hire education dept.


bob    Posted 01-08-2004 at 06:11:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les what is going to happen is there is not going to be anywhere to go but wally world in a while. control them while you can. Show me somewhere I can buy products not made in China and I will buy


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 06:25:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
All KINDS of places, the problem is, American made generally means 'more expensive'. For folks that are just getting by,a few dollars here and there can make a big difference.


Wake Up People    Posted 01-08-2004 at 07:23:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, people will shop at Walmart to save a few bucks......maybe....no one would know for sure, there is nowhere else to compare the price with....but anyway, save $10.00-$20.00, go out and load their muchly needed goodies and dog food for the 3 dogs at home into their $35,000 Toyota SUV at 14mpg, go to the NASCAR race next sunday, on the way there, while filling up with Premium unleaded, buy a $1.05 bottle of water and a few SUper Lotto tickets, then at the race pay $6-$8 for a cup of beer, buy a super great, much needed #8 ball cap for $25-$40, etc, etc. Just a small sample. Wake up people. Kidding no one but yourself. And furthermore, "alot of these folks just getting by", are working at Walmart or just lost thier job because the place they worked at for past 15 years just closed.


Salmoneye    Posted 01-08-2004 at 10:37:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
You sound very bitter...

Salmoneye, Who Gave Up Bitterness For Lent One Year...

PS...I own my cars outright and have never paid over $3,500 and that is for the Wifes rig...Only have 2 dogs and they get half scraps and half cheap food...Hate NASCAR...All 'Sports' really...Run 87 Octane...$8 for a cup of beer?...Are you insane?...That is a whole night out for me...

Hats are free at the Feed store, John Deere, And I won a 'Molson' hat the other night for being the only one in the bar that was not drunk...I actually could lift a bean bag 3 inches off the floor with a hockey stick...


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 09:59:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I certainly don't fit into the first category, so I must be one of those 'just getting by folks'. I tried working at Walmart and I didn't care for it.

I would still be running my own business if the insurance companies hadn't been taking all my money. There's somebody else you can yell at. They are responsible for closing down more service oriented and construction type businesses than I want to think about, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit to find out that they had a lot to do with the decline of many American factories. Do you have any idea what kind of song and dance you have to do to satisfy the insurance companies anymore in order to run a business? It's ugly. They are bigger and badder than me. They won.


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 04:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think Walmart is doing what everybody else is doing. Trying to keep their business going. I have no problem with Walmart. They are not doing anything that 'small business owner american' hasn't been doing for years. Buying competitively priced merchandise and selling it for what they can get for it. Look at Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. They do the same thing. The difference is, what you buy at dollar stores is generally junk. Walmart sells good products and backs them up and will take back anything as long as you have the receipt. Granted they may not buy all american, but they don't sell crap either.


Redneck    Posted 01-08-2004 at 09:47:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talk to some of the vendors that Wally World had. WW wanted to decide what percent of profit they gave you on your product. See if anyone tells them what to sell for.

I hate the service, the cheap products and the attitude of most of the workers. Some are nice and do a good job, but not many. I shop there at the last resort.


Leslie Harrell    Posted 03-12-2004 at 11:53:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I do shop at Wal-Mart, but I'm not sure that Wal-Mart's business tactics are merely buying and selling at competitive prices. For example, Wal-Mart ordered many guns from a company in Arkansas. Then, surprise, surprise, Wal-Mart renigged on their order, which in turn, put the gun company out of business. So, Wal-Mart seems to operate on more than just competitiveness.

However.....I still shop at Wal-Mart....Hmmmmm.....


Facts    Posted 01-08-2004 at 07:30:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where's the so called "american small business" suppose to buy these products at "competitive" prices? Do your homework.....Walmart OWNS a great deal of these companies or has a great deal interest/stock in them. Who do you think will get the better price? My now closed local hardware/grocery/lumber store had way better service than Walmart ever dreamed of having...no reciept required....ever.


srj post    Posted 03-10-2004 at 09:17:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Walmart has low pricing, but they are very competitive because good pricing doesn't mean good quality. They are now selling band products, (no good quality) therefore, people are running to our music store complaining about what they bought. We are in business because of them and the quality of their products.


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 10:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay so Sam Walton was a great big jerk. He had a marketable idea and he went for it and even though he is now dead, he employs in the neighborhood of 800,000 people just in the US alone and his family will never want for a thing.

What WAS he THINKING!?

It's called free enterprise. He started out with one store and people liked him better and they bought from him. Back then he was competing with Woolsworth and Walgreens and The Five and Dime. His plan was to offer EVERYTHING in one place. Not to undercut the competition. What made Sam Walton rich, was offering convenience. The b*stard. Shame on him.


lala    Posted 04-16-2005 at 19:20:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
First of all, anyone that ever knew Sam Walton personally could tell you he was not a jerk. He was a very respectful and considerate man. You couldnt be in the same store as him with out him greeting you and showing real TRUE concern about you and your family.

The one problem i have found that people have with Sam Walton is that he had a dream and he stuck to it. Yeah the corporate big wigs may be taking it to the extremes now that he is gone. But his dream lives on. How many of you have a dream that starts out something small and ends up world wide with a 9 billion dollar profit yearly. I think that is something we should be proud of for him and his family, not something that you should down talk because you were not able to fulfill such dreams yourself.
Wal-Mart is certainly hard for anyone to compete with. But have you ever taken a look at the amount of tax revenue that one store is putting into your communities or the thousands and thousands of dollars that company has contributed to your charities.
Before you criticize maybe you should see how it really is on both sides of the fence.


GusandEdie    Posted 01-08-2004 at 05:17:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
GIve me a break on Wally world not selling crap. From their produce to meat to household goods, there is junk everywhere in the store. Granted they do have name brand products aswell, but crap they do sell....


Gag order    Posted 01-08-2004 at 07:38:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Same junk they sell was sold in other stores before Wally put them out of business. They should change there name to CHINA TOWN and/or Mexican Meat Market! It will be too late someday.......but than again, why worry? Walmart will be there to help us all out...they are so nice and caring. Why they even donated some cash to the local school and the fire department was given a digital camera mind you...isn't that sweet?.....they should have given everyone a free "gag" to stick in their mouth when they shop there, same difference, just a "political" way of doing it. Americans are blind to their enviroment I believe, they want everything to be "fun", no conflict, just playtime.


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 05:49:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I disagree. Respectfully. You're going to find crap merchandise at any store, but as a general rule I think Walmart's merchandise is of a higher caliber than any other store with similar prices.

I wouldn't buy something like a riding mower from them. They sell them cheaper than many other places, but you get what you pay for. It might be good for a small yard but to use a riding mower for large rough areas like they were intended, no way. You have to take a certain amount of 'buyer intelligence' with you anywhere you go, but I think the majority of their stuff is just fine. Electronics, housewares, and so on.


GusandEdie    Posted 01-08-2004 at 08:53:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
To each his own, but we will not buy their cheap crap anymore. From their meat which is the worst in our town out of any store, same goes for the produce. Linens are practically threadbear out of the package, they don't sell the higher thread counts of quality linens. Clothes are cheap which I have seen first hand. Electronics are the same no matter where you buy them so that is not a big deal. No more money to old Sam from us, took us awhile to feel this way but no more.


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 10:25:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I understand. You gotta do what you need to do. Some of the clothes are suitable for my purposes some are not, and the linens are still a sight better than anything you could get at Dollar General or Family Dollar, but I wouldn't know a good thread count if I saw one. I am used to the cheap stuff, it's what I can afford, and I don't like their meat either. It's expensive and tastes like cardboard. Gotta go to the meat man for that. I buy some food, some clothes, etc, but what I like aabout Walmart is no matter what trivial things you need, especially if it's a vareid list, you can go one place DAY OR NIGHT and fill that list.

Clothespins, laundry soap, toothpicks, toothpaste, motor oil, shotgun shells, diapers, etc.

That's what made the man rich. One stop shopping. As far as I'm concerned he was brilliant.


rags    Posted 01-08-2004 at 13:15:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
greedy perhaps


~Lenore    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Greedy?

I wish there were more people like Sam Walton and Bill Gates.
Is it greedy to use your brain and your ideas to produce something that people will use and buy and make you rich as a side benifit?
Strange way of thinking in my estimation.
If their ideas were not good, they would not have become rich.
I am glad that people with amazing ideas work on them and succeed.
I think that used to be the "American Dream".
In this day of equality and political correctness, it is looked on as wrong and greedy.


Right    Posted 01-08-2004 at 13:30:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could look at it that way, unless of course it had been your concept and you were the one that got rich. That's the beauty of America. We are all free to get rich if we can, using our own ideas and efforts.


Tunnel Vision    Posted 01-08-2004 at 07:47:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If "Buyer intelligence" existed you would know that any mower you buy at a department store is poorly built, but people buy them, so John Deere has to build the crap too in order to compete with the Chinamen. So now, John Deere is crap too. Buyer Intelligence also should tell a consumer that all the goodies at Wally World were around in other stores long before Wally World was ever around. A place is bound to have the "higher caliber" crap when they're the only store in town.

In order for "Buyer Intelligence" to exist, one must first loose the tunnel vision.


Cindi    Posted 01-08-2004 at 10:17:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think it's tunnel vision. I think it is willingness to accept and recognize free enterprise. You know Walmart is not some nameless faceless business. It had a beginning, a very humble one and it grew because it was valued by the consumer and it was successful. Both in service and in merchandise. All of that has slipped a good bit since the old man died, the long term impact of his absence on the company is yet to be seen.


Bill    Posted 01-08-2004 at 07:31:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The dealer up here that works out of his garage, says he can't sell the same machine Wal Mart sells for the same price. He don't bellyache, he does the repair work. He's good and honest and does the same for the farm supply store here. His shop is full of work and he talks as if he's satisfied. Probably less problems in the long run. I sold my cows and worked in town 25 yrs ago because I choose not to go in debt to compete with the big guys either. Don't regret that either. Down the line Wal Mart will have competitors at THEIR door. The world changes and we'll still grumble at their competitor, but we'll like the benifit of their pricing. Don't forget also many machines out there are the same with a different name. Bill


bob    Posted 01-08-2004 at 08:00:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
in the same thing is Menards A BUNCH OF RUDE DON,T CARE EMPLOYEES . I have purchased a storm door last fall that they wanted payment in full in advance and wait 4-5 weeks to get it if not longer. went to local yard and purchased door for less. same way with garage door and they even installed it / aAm doing siding now and purchased locally and saved money again. Like all of them said Discount places have made them as people get interested and then end up buying from them after a hassle with big boys. Like an old tire retailor told me once you can all have the same product but what keeps people coming back is the service I guess people just have to be educated first


Aprille    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:18:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Walmart in Plymouth DOES sell food..Les u know that..silly..as for the smaller businesses..I have a habit of going to locals and asking questions..my nature to be inquisitive..and at least here..I am hearing that other SMALL businesses are suffering..record stores..flower shops..hardware as previously mentioned..people want quantity rather than quality..yes there is some good stuff at Wally world but I don't think that their flowers they sell last as long..Their customer service is not top quality..their meats and veggies leave something to be desired..and I won't go into the fish thing again I promise..so ..I think I have to just settle on the fact that it's all about choice..gotta love THAT!!


Pitch    Posted 01-08-2004 at 15:47:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am to far from Wally World for it to have hurt the local stores that I mostly shop at. But there is the bimonthly trip to the big town for major groceries and sundries. Now the merchants in that town are crying big time but why. Weekdays they were open 10:00 to 5:00 Saturdays maybe till noon if at all Sunday forget it whole town rolled up it's sidewalks. Why should I pay mom&pop .89 for a can of soup if Wally will let me have it for .50. I just paid 11.00 for a jug of dextrol antifreeze. Why cause it was 5:45 and the only place open was the local thief. If the problem had happened at a more convenient time I could have gotten it a Walmart for $8.00. This small town mom & pop knows he has a captive audience, it's either him or a thirty mile drive.


MrRee    Posted 01-24-2004 at 12:27:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can sure agree on that one!!
We save a lot by makeing the thirty mile drive to get what we need. I would like to support the "local merchant" but can not do it when he sells the same thing I can get at wally world for so much less and can have a return policy.

Also my local stores have to go to a "rube goldberg" system because they do not have what you need for the job.

I am one all in favor of Walmart!!


Read your business sectio    Posted 09-08-2004 at 01:42:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
While reading the news a few weeks ago I read that Wal-Mart (and Shell to a smaller extent) have put so many small gas station owners out of business by selling their gasoline UNDER wholesale that there is a law under consideration that would set a minimum markup amount on gasoline. The worlds largest retailer certainly does throw their weight around. In passing I find it sad that there are people that actually look forward to puttin' on their Sunday best and headin' into town to "Shop at the Wal-Mart"


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