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Re: Re: Re: ...and about Walmart
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Posted by Cindi on January 08, 2004 at 09:50:04 from (18.104.22.168):
In Reply to: Re: Re: ...and about Walmart posted by Don't get it do you on January 08, 2004 at 07:12:43:
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.
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