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Old 07-18-2007, 10:08 AM   #31
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Yeah, that's the main problem with Walmart. I also, feel the same way as well, Jasonr and GB!!

That makes my blood boils as well!! You're not alone. None of their stores are close to the cities!!! To get to one, yes, you DO need a car.

You'd think that they'd want to open their stores closer to the cities for competition with Target, Kohl's and Kmart.

Seems that they just don't want the business of city dwellers, as their butts only seem to want to cater to people who live in the suburbs!!
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:44 AM   #32
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Yeah, that's the main problem with Walmart. I also, feel the same way as well, Jasonr and GB!!

That makes my blood boils as well!! You're not alone. None of their stores are close to the cities!!! To get to one, yes, you DO need a car.

You'd think that they'd want to open their stores closer to the cities for competition with Target, Kohl's and Kmart.

Seems that they just don't want the business of city dwellers, as their butts only seem to want to cater to people who live in the suburbs!!
Well, not sure about where you live, but out here they are all over the place. I live in the southwest Denver Metro area (Littleton is a Denver suburb) and we have 2 Walmarts within 10 minutes of the house. One is an older store, the other is a newer Super Walmart with the full grocery department too. There are quite a few others in the area too, and many are on regular bus routes, easily accessible for non drivers.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:53 AM   #33
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Seems that they just don't want the business of city dwellers, as their butts only seem to want to cater to people who live in the suburbs!!
You need to take another look at the locations of Wal-Mart stores. They are certainly in big cities and the bigger the city, the more stores they have. Wal-Marts are everywhere because they do business everywhere. They employ more people than any other business in the world and someone must be buying from them since their yearly gross is in the billions. This is what the public wants and as long as they support WM there will be more WM. No one wants to pay top dollar for merchandise they can get elsewhere at a lower price. And as far as merchandise being made in China, I owned 5 retail gift shops and almost NOTHING was made here in the U.S. Most of what you buy in any store is made overseas somewhere. That's the name of the game.

But this thread is about Kosher salt. I stopped at W.M this mornig out of curiousity and sure enough there was a ton of kosher salt on the shelf. I think your sales person was mistaken. You can make bombs with household items too. Doesn't mean they'll be pulling those items off the shelves anytime soon. Just wouldn't make sense.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:58 AM   #34
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Well, not sure about where you live, but out here they are all over the place. I live in the southwest Denver Metro area (Littleton is a Denver suburb) and we have 2 Walmarts within 10 minutes of the house. One is an older store, the other is a newer Super Walmart with the full grocery department too. There are quite a few others in the area too, and many are on regular bus routes, easily accessible for non drivers.
Same here, Wal-Marts are all over the place.....but not in the downtown areas where the municipal courthouse, police station, etc are. Heck, not much but lawyers are downtown anyway.

And itís not Wal-Mart that kills the Mom & Pop shops, itís the customers. People vote with their feet, and if a customer doesnít frequent the smaller shops, they go out of business. Wal-Mart doesnít run them out, the customers do.

I hate Blockbuster and refuse to go there, and I frequent the Mom & Pop video stores instead. Lately, all but one have closed here, but I still go to it. The selection is smaller, but I still make sure to show my patronage. I shop Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart as well. Target is a fancy Wal-Mart in my opinion. It costs a bit more there, but I often go there because I donít like the crowds at Wal-mart. Plus target often has some really great specialty cuts of meat and seafood.

Iíve never had a problem with the meats at Wal-Mart, and in fact, Iíve discovered you can get special cuts there. Iíve had the meat cutter in the back cut me 1.5 inch rib-eyes many times because all the rib-eyes on display were too thin for my liking. Not many people know you can ask the meat cutter to do that.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:27 PM   #35
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Okay, I'll bite. WHY would someone have a box of kosher salt on their desk?
I think it had something to do with looking up "yellow prussiate of soda". It's also helpful as a paperweight when the breeze is blowing in the office window!

My desk is where I spend a lot of time - looking up recipes, researching new food items, and keeping things here keeps them on my mind. I had a bag of African yellow beans on my desk for a month - to remind me to keep looking for recipes.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:12 PM   #36
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And itís not Wal-Mart that kills the Mom & Pop shops, itís the customers. People vote with their feet, and if a customer doesnít frequent the smaller shops, they go out of business. Wal-Mart doesnít run them out, the customers do.

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Well good for you. I wondered when someone was going to pick up on that idea. A business cannot flourish unless customers patronize that business. The failures of "mom & pop" businesses are due to the fact that the big boxes offer much more and the consumer wants to take adavantage of the bigger selection and lower pricies. The smaller stores go out of business because the public would rather shop at the larger stores. As for Blockbusters, most of them have closed because Netflix offers much more. I no longer go to Blockbuster, I subscribe to Netflix and I am one of many. Netflix rents over 2 million DVDs per day nationwide. They stock 70,000 titles and Blockbuster can't compete with that.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:18 PM   #37
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The failures of "mom & pop" businesses are due to the fact that the big boxes offer much more and the consumer wants to take adavantage of the bigger selection and lower pricies.
I think that is the key right there though. The Mega big stores like WM have the buying power to be able to offer lower prices and still make a profit. Something the smaller mom and pop stores can not do. You can't really blame the consumer for looking for the best price. The Walmarts of the world could price theirs items competitively so the mom and pops would not have to close (nothing saying they should, only that they could).
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:28 PM   #38
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We dont have many mom & pop stores here and I dont think when I get the main staples in groceries at WM its going to hurt Safeway and all the other major chain stores.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:51 PM   #39
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We got a lot of mom & pop stores around here.

But none of them sell Kosher Salt. Have to go to the supermarket up the street for some.
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I think that is the key right there though. The Mega big stores like WM have the buying power to be able to offer lower prices and still make a profit. Something the smaller mom and pop stores can not do. You can't really blame the consumer for looking for the best price. The Walmarts of the world could price their items competitively so the mom and pops would not have to close (nothing saying they should, only that they could).
Whoa.......good point.

But you know, you could take it one step further and lay this on the manufacturer. The manufacturers could all decide to sell their items for the exact same price to every customer/merchant. Wal-Mart, Target, and the local Mom & Pop all pay the same manufacturerís price for the item no matter the volume you purchase. From there, it becomes a question of mark-up, and the Mom & Pop stores would surely win since they have less over-head. But, like you said, Iím not saying manufacturerís should do it.....but they could.
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