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Old 12-04-2006, 03:56 PM   #21
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Target, French owned I don't think so...they are listed on the NYSE and are headquartered in Minn.


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Old 12-04-2006, 03:59 PM   #22
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I like Walmart but only shop there early in the morning to avoid the stinky, germy people... Op, what have you been smoking to say that they dont have ENOUGH STUFF
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I personally think WalMart sucks balls and I'd rather pay double than deal with them. I feel the same way about Home Despot. But I recognize that both have a real public, so to each their own.
Right, and they don't treat their employees very well, and guess what...
In the state of Washington we get to help the employees out with
state subsidized health care.
They (Wal-Mart) should take an example from Costco.

I will not shop there either.
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:08 PM   #25
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Right, and they don't treat their employees very well, and guess what...
Yeah, they're terrible - that's why they're the world's largest employer. As Larry the Cable Guy says, if it's so bad "then don't work there!"
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:36 PM   #26
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I can't believe people believe Target is a French owned company.
Target is one of the best community supporting companies I am aware of. They donate proceeds from sales to schools and are very generous.
I wish more companies would be this responsible.
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Yep, it is sad that many small stores have not been able to compete with Walmart. But, it was sad when all those blacksmiths and liveries were put out of business by the automobile. And, society moved ahead. Those who live in rural areas and were paying 20% more for everything before Walmart came to town aren't so nostalgic for a return to the old days.

Walmart is a boon to the poor, easily producing more net benefit than many federal handout programs. We've touched on this before. http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...3887#msg123887

Here's a Washington Post editorial with some interesting numbers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...112700687.html
In 2005, Walmart's lower prices saved consumers $200 billion. The average Walmart customer earns $35K per year (compared to over $70K for the average Costco customer.) So, it is probably safe to say that at least 1/4 of that $200 billion benefitted folks who are in poverty, a $50 billion benefit to the needy. The food stamp program handed out just $33 billion in benefits over the same period.

The customers may be more refined at Costco, but Walmart is doing a lot of good for a lot of folks who need the help. And it's not costing a penny in tax dollars.
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The customers may be more refined at Costco, but Walmart is doing a lot of good for a lot of folks who need the help. And it's not costing a penny in tax dollars.
Not that I have noticed.

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I personally think WalMart sucks balls and I'd rather pay double than deal with them. I feel the same way about Home Despot. But I recognize that both have a real public, so to each their own.
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Old 12-05-2006, 07:53 AM   #30
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Let's not forget that walmart provides more than just $10/hr retail jobs. I happen to work for them as an engineering consultant and probably 1/4 of my time each year is spent on walmart projects. And they hire attorneys, and PR staff, and executives and MBAs, etc. They don't just provide jobs to the working poor. From the executive and managerial side of their business, they are very saavy and cost-conscious (that's how they have done so well and grown so much).
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Those who live in rural areas and were paying 20% more for everything before Walmart came to town aren't so nostalgic for a return to the old days.
My folks (now deceased) retired to a small town in northern Arkansas. Housing was cheap. Taxes were cheap. Utilities were average. Merchandise and groceries were expensive. For the first few years, they'd send us a list of things to buy for them (at lower prices) here in the Chicago area and bring with us when we would visit. Then Walmart came to town. No more lists.
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Old 12-05-2006, 03:14 PM   #32
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I used to really dig shopping at Wal-Mart. Between there and a nearby grocery, I could get about 98% of what I need, for cheap. (This is before the super stores that combined the two.) Some of the stores were even open 24 hours a day, which was a big help when I was working 70+ hours a week.

Then a few things turned me off Wal-Mart, the main two being:
1. The nearby store has slowly gone downhill. Now it's always dirty and cluttered, many items have no price sticker on the shelf, and the employees appear apathetic. The nearest Target store offers a completely different shopping experience.
2. The top management has a strong conservative / fundamentalist bent. This shows up in a couple of ways, like when they edit (censor) some of the music CDs that they sell, or when they give a lot of money to politicians that I strongly feel are bad for this country. I'm not disputing their right to do that, but I feel obligated to shop elsewhere.

Brewer lumped Home Depot in with Wal-Mart, and I agree... mostly for the same reasons. I find Lowes is to Home Depot as Target is to Wal-Mart. Slightly higher prices maybe, but a much, MUCH more pleasant place to shop.

That said, I've been to small towns where the "super" Wal-Mart is the only place to get stuff, and found a few of them to be nice, clean, well-lit stores staffed with helpful people. So I can see why they have a loyal following in some places.
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Brewer lumped Home Depot in with Wal-Mart, and I agree...
C'mon, you can say it: "They suck balls."
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C'mon, you can say it: "They suck balls."


Some people have the gift of brevity. It takes me about five paragraphs to say "they suck balls."
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You guys and your ivory tower elitist hatred of walmart!

I guess the other 299,999,998 of us folks will have to keep shopping at walmart without you guys.
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Not a big fan of Walmart either. A Super Walmart is located across town. A new one is being built within a mile of my house. A Target store is being built across town. So I'm sure I will go to the new Walmart when I have to just because it's close. But for the most part, I can get by going to the dollar stores(which are quick) and going to the grocery store. I hate having to deal with the big stores. Yup, I guess it's the Mayberry syndrome.

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As a Angelino, I like Dollar Stores, nice cheep stuff without 20 heirs to Sam's fortune fighting over the profits

Just a nice mix of the hood in a store with cheep stuff and cheep customers. Viva LA.
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As a Angelino, I like Dollar Stores, nice cheep stuff without 20 heirs to Sam's fortune fighting over the profits

Just a nice mix of the hood in a store with cheep stuff and cheep customers. Viva LA.
Hey now we have two dollar stores in my new North Carolina town the new one and the old one that is a classic mexican outpost!!

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once the Mexican population of NC exceeds10 million, you can expect Dollar Store products to increase in quality, my guarantee.
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Ok that was an Urban Legend...
I guess some people watch FOX news too much.

Not shopping French goods to punish them for huh huh... what? I don't remember... Yorktown? No that wasn't it... Oh yeah they didn't support the war in Irak when we all thought that was a great idea.

Wake up guys the GWB era is over, there are more US investment in France than anywhere and more French investment here than from anywhere (after the UK actually)...
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