Join Early Retirement Today
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Your thoughts on shopping in Walmart these days
Old 07-30-2019, 08:53 AM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 123
Your thoughts on shopping in Walmart these days

I like to shop early on the weekends to avoid the rush, take my time and look around. I am usually in the store anywhere from 6:00-7:30 am. I am finding more and more that when trying to check out at 7:30-9:00 am I am having to wait in line behind several people for the one register they have open or stand in a different line behind several people to check myself out. I typically have a cart full so I appreciate having a checker do the work as it is much faster for them to bag the groceries as well. As I wait in line, I can see other shoppers with a frustrated look as they search for a checkout line that is open.

The other day I went to a different store. This store had no registers open at 7:30 am on Sunday morning. There were plenty of people there and I had to again wait in line behind several people to check myself out. Then, and this is totally my fault, after I started checking out, I discovered the register didn't have a scale that I needed for the produce, so I had to move to another one and start over. While I was while checking out, the clerk came over and hit some buttons without saying anything. I asked if I had done something wrong, and she just walked away mumbling something inaudible. I was hoping she gave me credit for the item I had just double scanned because I had another in my previously filled bag, but no such luck.

On another trip to this same store, on Sunday morning, I was shopping for clothes. At 7:10 am I had a cart full and was told the fitting rooms didn't open until 9 am. Really? If the fitting rooms have hours, shouldnít they post them? My regular store has never said anything about hours, but they do go find someone with a key to open them up since there is nobody manning the station. I still had no idea there might be separate hours for the fitting rooms, just lack of manpower at that time of day.

Last week I tried another store, but on Saturday morning, checking out around 9:30 or so. It was the same thing. Stand in line behind several people at the only register open or stand in line behind several people to check yourself out. I am OK with self-checkout with under 20 items maybe, but when you have a cart full, how fun is that to try to go through a self-checkout? Maybe they should take out all those unused registers and make a conveyor belt that scans all your groceries like the airport and you just stand at the other end and bag.

Donít get me wrong, I am OK with scanning items, I do that at Samís, but the items are larger, the carts are larger and you are not trying to fill bags and place them back in your cart on top of unscanned items.

I am seriously considering ordering the things on-line that I can only get at Walmart, then going to the local discount grocery store across the street before heading to Walmart for pickup.

I enjoy walking around the store while drinking my coffee and looking at things while it is still quiet. I spend more money doing this and Walmart should recognize that. I would certainly save money if I started using the pickup service and I wouldn't have to fight the aisles with the pickers in the off hours either.

Has Walmart gotten so caught up in convenience that they are forgetting their brick and mortar clientele or am I just getting old and out of touch?

On a side note, that same day, I had to stop in Target for a special item. The store was near empty and so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I was in heaven! I would switch to them, but the prices are higher and selection limited, I might as well shop the discount store that has better selection. Why do merchants think we need music, etc. wherever we are? Gas pumps especially! Have you watched TV at the pump yet? I have.
__________________

klucich is offline  
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-30-2019, 08:57 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
aja8888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 10,269
We place an order online at WM and schedule the pickup at our convenience. They pull the order and do a great job of it and it's free if you buy over $30 worth of goods. Very rarely we need to go in the store. Pretty simple.
__________________

__________________
Wear Italian, Kiss French, Drink Russian, Drive German
aja8888 is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:11 AM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RunningBum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 8,316
I go to Walmart once every few months to load up on some staples and just look around. I try to make sure I'm in the mood for the experience. My local store has a pretty good parking lot and access from 3 different places so I can get in and out pretty well. I just don't think I could shop there regularly though. Target prices aren't that much more and is just a nicer experience all around.

K Mart is the one I just can't take anymore. I used to try it once in awhile, but it's just depressing and it seems like all 10 of the people who are in the store while I'm there beat me to the checkout line. I'm done.
RunningBum is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:16 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 1,041
I was in Walmart before they opened the drive-thru pickup. You went to the service desk to pick things up. (still do for on-line orders not stocked there I think). Anyway, as I was waiting for service, I noticed a person who was picking up an online grocery order. One by one, they went thru the bags to check each and every item while everyone else stood in line waiting! WTF?

I often find prices on the packages in the meat section do not match the prices on the shelf and at least one time the price per lb times the weight didn't work out right. Just last week I bought a 12 pack of beer. It scanned 1 dollar higher than the shelf price. I didn't notice it until I scanned the receipt. That took me back to the service counter where I stood in line for a correction, only to find that they cannot do a correction on alcohol products. They had to "fake return" a 1 dollar item on my receipt to refund me my dollar. I'm sure it threw off their inventory count.

And don't even get me started on their Pharmacy practices.

Walmart, a love/hate relationship, for sure.
CRLLS is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:18 AM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,438
My Walmart recently put in a ton of self-serve check out machines and lines have been greatly reduced. Usually there is an open machine and no line.
jim584672 is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:18 AM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 981
Friday night I went to one of the Walmart's in our area where I usually go for groceries. When I go, it's usually to pick up a bucket of their ice cream and then anything else on clearance/discount they are looking to get rid of.

When I went this past Friday night, there were only 3 manned registers with long lines and the self-checkout which also had a long line, but there were 6 working stations. When I saw the lines at the manned registers and I was turning my cart around to go to the self-checkout, one of the floor folks giggled and said that line is all the way back to the produce section. I said that there were a whole lot more scanners to check out and wagered I'd be checking out sooner than where I would have been in the manned line. Sure enough the self-checkout got me to the front of the line very quickly.

Now, the next problem occurred - they ran out of bags! So everyone was sighing and somewhat annoyed as they had to do the Costco thing.
njhowie is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:25 AM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by CRLLS View Post
I was in Walmart before they opened the drive-thru pickup. You went to the service desk to pick things up. (still do for on-line orders not stocked there I think). Anyway, as I was waiting for service, I noticed a person who was picking up an online grocery order. One by one, they went thru the bags to check each and every item while everyone else stood in line waiting! WTF?

I often find prices on the packages in the meat section do not match the prices on the shelf and at least one time the price per lb times the weight didn't work out right. Just last week I bought a 12 pack of beer. It scanned 1 dollar higher than the shelf price. I didn't notice it until I scanned the receipt. That took me back to the service counter where I stood in line for a correction, only to find that they cannot do a correction on alcohol products. They had to "fake return" a 1 dollar item on my receipt to refund me my dollar. I'm sure it threw off their inventory count.

And don't even get me started on their Pharmacy practices.

Walmart, a love/hate relationship, for sure.
I had a clothing return with a receipt. The purchase, admittedly made some time ago, but I had the receipt regardless, with the clearance price clearly marked on the item for $5.00. They had to refund me $17.XX because they couldn't override the system.
klucich is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:26 AM   #8
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Placerville
Posts: 906
I live way, WAY out of a major city. Our Walmart is nothing like those being reported here. Rarely lines and when they are, the clerks are quick to get them through. The self check has a person to aide when things don't work just right as well. But, here's a Walmart secret about check out you might not know or thought of;
Instead of going to the main check out, go to the sporting goods counter. They can check out just as well and usually no line if anyone at all back there. Also, the automotive service counter will check you out. They don't like it as much in Automotive but too bad. The sporting goods folks seem to not be bothered by it.

Occasionally the garden department is good for check out as well. Our Walmart has 4 checkout stations in garden department.
skipro33 is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:34 AM   #9
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by skipro33 View Post
I live way, WAY out of a major city. Our Walmart is nothing like those being reported here. Rarely lines and when they are, the clerks are quick to get them through. The self check has a person to aide when things don't work just right as well. But, here's a Walmart secret about check out you might not know or thought of;
Instead of going to the main check out, go to the sporting goods counter. They can check out just as well and usually no line if anyone at all back there. Also, the automotive service counter will check you out. They don't like it as much in Automotive but too bad. The sporting goods folks seem to not be bothered by it.

Occasionally the garden department is good for check out as well. Our Walmart has 4 checkout stations in garden department.
We used to l I've "way out" in the country but the population of our "city" has more than quadrupled. In addition to a bad checkout experience, I can usually only find half of the items I want because the shelves are empty. This is another problem pushing me to order on line. I have done the garden checkout before, but usually when I get there, only one entrance is open, so I have to park at the other end. I don't usually bother electronics unless I have at least one valid electronics purchase, then I feel somehow this is OK. LOL, never though of sporting goods.
klucich is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:37 AM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by njhowie View Post
Friday night I went to one of the Walmart's in our area where I usually go for groceries. When I go, it's usually to pick up a bucket of their ice cream and then anything else on clearance/discount they are looking to get rid of.

When I went this past Friday night, there were only 3 manned registers with long lines and the self-checkout which also had a long line, but there were 6 working stations. When I saw the lines at the manned registers and I was turning my cart around to go to the self-checkout, one of the floor folks giggled and said that line is all the way back to the produce section. I said that there were a whole lot more scanners to check out and wagered I'd be checking out sooner than where I would have been in the manned line. Sure enough the self-checkout got me to the front of the line very quickly.

Now, the next problem occurred - they ran out of bags! So everyone was sighing and somewhat annoyed as they had to do the Costco thing.
LOL, that's funny. By the way, that is the first place I head to is clearance, then wander around household goods, office, electronics and make my way to groceries last.
klucich is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:39 AM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Historic Florida
Posts: 3,538
The day I have to worry about waiting to checkout is the day I need to go back to W*rk! (Never gonna happen) We are Retired get over it, what is an extra 5 mins here and there?. Do not sweat the small stuff.
__________________
"Arguing with an Engineer is like rolling in the mud with a pig. Just remember that the pig likes it."
ShokWaveRider is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:40 AM   #12
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 981
Quote:
Originally Posted by klucich View Post
LOL, that's funny. By the way, that is the first place I head to is clearance, then wander around household goods, office, electronics and make my way to groceries last.
My big score on Friday night were cans of Spaghetti-O's for 8 cents each.
njhowie is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:47 AM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
GalaxyBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
Posts: 1,573
Wally World seems to continue the slide to the bottom, doing everything they can to save a penny here and a penny there so they can cut costs and lower prices. First they drove manufacturing to China; now they continue to eliminate as many jobs as possible like checkers, people watching the dressing rooms, etc. (BTW, I always felt like they suspected I was a criminal the few times I tried on clothes there). I just returned from my local store to pick up a handful of items I can't get anywhere else locally, and found they had eliminated the hand-held baskets and all they have now are the large carts. I presume they don't want to keep up with the small baskets, but I felt silly pushing that huge buggy around with three items in it.

Americans say they will pay a few percent more for quality merchandise and good customer service, but when it comes right down to it we won't.

(On a side note: I wear a larger size - although not huge and getting smaller since ER - but I can never find pants anywhere close to fitting me at WMT. Where in the heck do all those gigantic people who shop there get their pants?)
GalaxyBoy is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:47 AM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 4,265
My thoughts: I don't go there. I'm fortunate that I have a wide selection of stores in my area. Two are Wal-Marts but thank heaven they haven't driven out the others. I try to avoid Made in China, I have enough clothing to last the rest of my life (and can find Made in USA at Chico's and a few on-line brands such as Amour Vert) and I prefer to support businesses that take better care of their employees and their suppliers and are careful about their supply chain.

I will continue to avoid Wal-Mart if there are decent alternatives.
athena53 is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:49 AM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 22,684
The local Walmart is tough to get into the parking lot even though it’s in a reasonable location, and they never seem to have on the shelves what they claim to have stocked online. I rarely go there because it’s an unpleasant shopping experience.

The small Walmart in my Dad’s small town was a godsend because the local Piggly Wiggly shut down, and the Walmart built a year later replaced much of it. They actually have a pretty decent selection of fresh produce, and I can often find decent products on the shelves. Otherwise it’s 25 miles to a nicer grocery store!

So it depends on which Walmart!
__________________
Retired since summer 1999.
audreyh1 is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:51 AM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North
Posts: 2,245
Had the boy in WM the other day to buy a fan as we were travelling. I was trying to just get in, and out but with a 4yr old that's tough. In pops a couple riff raff through the obviously closed auto center hooting and hollering. HEY, HEY ANYONE HERE! I look over and they immediately grill me for being rude, nosy, not minding my own business, creepy etc... etc...

The people of walmart have spoken.

Sadly, this was the youth of our society, 16 just licensed..and already actin a fool. My son who is 4 was soo damned confused, nothing could fix that lol.

They started mean mugging me with like a turned neck, big eyed glare and big lips pushing out. I don't have much hope for them, and I doubt they will be part of the ER crowd if even alive to see the fruits of what little labor they participated in.

That fan was cheap as heck though...just a terrible, terrible experience all around.
__________________
AA (Stock/Bond/Cash ): 96.5/0/3.5% MIX (Small/Mid/Large): 25/25/50% BLEND(US/Foreign): 100/0%, REIT (Real Estate Equity): ~50% of Assets

FIRE in 2031 @ 50yrs old (+/- 2yrs) w/ a hypothetical $2.5mil portfolio, 3 appreciated homes worth $1.0mil and rental income to fund my gap years until RMD. Assets will go to an inherited IRA where I plan on watching the investments grow until I die or the trust gets executed.
kgtest is online now  
Old 07-30-2019, 09:54 AM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,077
We have 2 Walmarts near us. We like them, mainly for groceries. People are poorly trained, that is a frustration but self check is fast.

It is our first choice for groceries, but use the other stores too mainly for sale items. And Costco for certain things.

To my eye stores have improved compared to the old days of K-Mart and Jamesway (going back, I know).
Montecfo is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 10:01 AM   #18
Moderator Emeritus
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 42,547
The last time I actually went inside a Wal-Mart was in 2011, here in suburban New Orleans. At that time, the only employees that I could find there were Spanish speaking and did not speak or understand English. My Spanish isn't much better. With hand gestures and smiles on both sides I managed to find out where the yarn was and purchase what I needed. Still, to me this was puzzling because this is very much an English speaking community in general. So, I wondered about the hiring dynamics that would create a mostly Spanish speaking Wal-Mart in an English speaking suburb where jobs are in great demand. There were only a few customers there, and I never returned.

I buy most stuff online these days. Most of that is from Amazon, but I still buy things online from Walmart and have them delivered to my door. Their prices are pretty competitive IMO and the process is quite smooth. Also I have sometimes ordered groceries online from WalMart, and gone to their drive through pickup (at a former bank building just a few blocks from home) to get them.

I think Wal-Mart is doing a pretty good job in its attempt to adapt and compete with Amazon for online sales.
W2R is online now  
Old 07-30-2019, 10:01 AM   #19
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider View Post
The day I have to worry about waiting to checkout is the day I need to go back to W*rk! (Never gonna happen) We are Retired get over it, what is an extra 5 mins here and there?. Do not sweat the small stuff.
Because I am "almost" retired and in a hurry to "retire".
klucich is offline  
Old 07-30-2019, 10:03 AM   #20
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 123
Quote:
Originally Posted by athena53 View Post
My thoughts: I don't go there. I'm fortunate that I have a wide selection of stores in my area. Two are Wal-Marts but thank heaven they haven't driven out the others. I try to avoid Made in China, I have enough clothing to last the rest of my life (and can find Made in USA at Chico's and a few on-line brands such as Amour Vert) and I prefer to support businesses that take better care of their employees and their suppliers and are careful about their supply chain.

I will continue to avoid Wal-Mart if there are decent alternatives.
I buy most of my clothes at GoodWill, but some things you just have to get at Walmart.
__________________

klucich is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Life after FIRE in your local Walmart Tailgate Life after FIRE 3 08-25-2013 05:41 AM
What's your Poison (Liquor) of Choice these days?? FinanceDude Other topics 175 05-27-2012 06:11 PM
What Does Your Portfolio Yield These Days? CaseInPoint FIRE and Money 32 05-27-2010 06:51 PM
How to use up sick days at Walmart? EddieG Other topics 30 08-04-2007 08:16 AM
One of these days. . . Eagle43 Other topics 2 09-07-2005 08:43 AM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:22 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.