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05-06-2011, 12:12 AM #41
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- Dec 2010
On Fred Meyer: it is better than Wal-Mart, but it's not better than the local co-op, which I also try to get to as much as possible. I don't spend all of my dollars at one grocery store, and would shop at an all-local full retail shop if one were available. Reasoning for Fred Meyer: they allow their workers to unionize, pay most a living wage, and offer local foods and products on their shelves. Try finding Dave's bread or locally produced organic vegetables at Wal-Mart. I shop at Fred Meyer over Safeway due to Safeway's political contributions not being what I want to support.
On the negatives of Wal-Mart: few, if any, new jobs are "created", they are simply displaced from the shops that went out of business due to Wal-Mart. Aside from simply different wages, there are plenty of reports and sociological studies on the differences in overall well-being/civic participation/health/living conditions in cities with predominately small, locally-owned businesses when compared to places that have mainly large, asbent-owner corporate establishments (Small Business and the Civic Welfare and Small Business and the Community are two great starting points if you'd like to read more on the issue.).
05-06-2011, 11:02 AM #42
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- Apr 2011
- Longview, Washington, United States
Other than buying occasional ammo, I prefer to do business with local mom and pop shops.
05-06-2011, 01:03 PM #43
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- Feb 2010
- Port Orchard
Wal-Mart gets NONE of my money. I view them as the local Chinese Embassy. They profit from slave labor while killing off good paying american jobs. It's a simple matter of survival.
05-08-2011, 10:55 AM #44
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- May 2009
- Western OR
Whether you like Wal-Mart or not, their venture away from areas that had been profitable for them in the past has resulted in an "awakening" of their marketing department. Everything from "green products to a more "upscale" selection (read: elitist) hurt them.
As a result, they missed out on the most profitable period of gun sales in the modern era.
It appears they had a strong influence from the left in their midst since 2006. One that has proven to be less than good for their business:
Pajamas Media » Wal-Mart Goes ‘Back to Basics’: A Cautionary Tale for the Left
After suffering seven straight quarters of losses, today the merchandise giant Wal-Mart will announce that it is “going back to basics,” ending its era of high-end organic foods, going “green,” and the remainder of its appeal to the upscale market. Next month the company will launch an “It’s Back” campaign to woo the millions of customers who have fled the store. They will be bringing back “heritage” products, like inexpensive jeans and sweatpants.
Few may recognize it as such, but this episode should be seen as a cautionary tale about “progressives” and social engineering experiments on low-income Americans. This morning’s Wall Street Journal article is blunt:
That strategy failed, and the Bentonville, Ark., retail giant now is pursuing a back-to-basics strategy to reverse the company’s fortunes.
The failure, in large part, can be pinned to Leslie Dach: a well-known progressive and former senior aide to Vice President Al Gore. In July 2006, Dach was installed as the public relations chief for Wal-Mart. He drafted a number of other progressives into the company, seeking to change the company’s way of doing business: its culture, its politics, and most importantly its products.Like other real-world experiments, the Wal-Mart story exposes the failure of progressivism in the marketplace, as the Dach strategy has been a fiasco: the merchandising turned off low-income (and largely Democratic-leaning) customers. Says former Wal-Mart executive Jimmy Wright:
The basic Wal-Mart customer didn’t leave Wal-Mart. What happened is that Wal-Mart left the customer.
Dach convinced the company to steer away from founder Sam Walton’s core values. At the core of Dach’s campaign was to prove that Wal-Mart was “going green.” He brought in Vice President Gore to speak about environmental issues: they actually screened his global warming film, An Inconvenient Truth, at a quarterly meeting of Wal-Mart empl0yees and invited environmental groups. Expensive organic foods were showcased in their produce section. Trendy and pricey environmentally safe products were put on the shelves.
Richard Edelman of Edelman Public Relations — who had once hired Dach — noted that Dach constantly pushed Democratic Party health care and environmental agendas inside the giant company. Writes the New Yorker:
Richard Edelman suggested that he is seeing Dach’s influence on the company. Edelman called Dach an “idealist” who has carried to Wal-Mart his fervor for such traditional Democratic causes as universal health care and environmentalism.
Y'all have to recognize who your enemy truly is, and realize that they have their tentacles into much more of our daily lives than we ever thought possible.
Look behind the curtain, and realize that the free market has ties to your liberties. The above is a prime example of that. Social engineering has no place in the marketplace.
Whether you "like" Wal-Mart or not.
05-08-2011, 01:30 PM #45
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- Jan 2011
- Seattle-Everett Area
I don't care much for Walmart, either but I think it's a good thing if more places sell guns. Their motive is profit but they have more money to influence legislation than most of us.
05-11-2011, 08:59 PM #46
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- Apr 2010
I won't even set foot any Walmart store. Walmart store #3739 in Nampa, ID has made the practice of making sure you don't walk out the store with all the items you purchase. The checkers conveniently leave items out of the grocery bags intentionally shorting the customer. It has happened to me over five times at this location. It is no wonder they can make such a good profit by reselling the items a couple of times.
I choose to support 6 local gun shops near my location. They are really nice and helpful. One of them is so nice if I buy a rifle and scope at the same time he will sight it in as a courtesy. And the prices are not much more than the big box stores. The local gun shops are always happy to get my business. I can't say that about Walmart. Plus Walmart treats a person like a common criminal by walking you out the door by their security person if you just purchased a firearm from them.
05-11-2011, 09:53 PM #47
I've done a less-than-exhaustive search via Google for more information about Walmart selling handguns. I was looking for information more detailed than the OP's original link to News9 and a 1 paragraph blurb. However, most of what I find in discussion groups and this article on CNNMoney.com indicates they are expanding long gun and shotgun sales to @ 2000 stores from the current 1300 stores. No mention I can find about handguns to be sold outside Alaska.
Wal-Mart bringing guns back to U.S. stores - Apr. 28, 2011