Monday, July 29, 2013

fun time at the marts


FUN TIME AT THE MARTS

There is a long list of activities, persons and organizations I love to rail against.  From the diseased mind of the poster child of bankers whores FDR who loved to hump both citizens ( gold confiscation immediately followed by a 40% devaluation of the currency he forced as an exchange ) and foreigners ( the massacre of Iranians to deliver supplies to Russia, ignoring the plight of the Jews even after Germany declared war of us in  The Bonehead Move Of The Century by Hitler ), to the ex-wife ( surely not THE most powerful of demonic beings serving at the right hand of Lucifer, but close ), to Payless Shoes ( mule member masticators who sell boots that don’t even make it through the first month yet are doubled in price from ten years previous ), and a list that grows every year, I hate, detest and rant against them all.  Wal-Mart is on that list, obviously.  Not because it was popular to hate them from their inception.  I never saw the reason, because they were not responsible for the Big Box stores taking over from Mom and Pop.  They might have led the way, they might have been the most ruthless, but they did absolutely NOTHING to make China take all our manufacturing away from us, nor were they in any way responsible for dirt cheap petroleum prices.  It was that convergence, Chinese manufacturing and oil at give-away prices, that bred Wal-Mart.  Without those two things Sam Walton’s empire would have been a lot smaller and resembled that of the other China-Mart ( EVERYBODY buys from China, from Bed, Bath & Beyond to home Depot to Radio Shack and etcetera.  It is just that the “Marts” are indicative of the trend ), K-Mart.

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I used to love Wal-Mart, spending 100% of all my household budget there.  Now, at least three or four times a year I curse them in print at length, and proclaim that yet once again, I am further cutting my shopping from there.  It was 100%, now it is 20%.  Soon, I hope to get it to below 10%.  Hey, some things there I can’t find elsewhere.  Their brand name ( NOT generic.  Their store brand sucks WAYYYY bad ) coffee is still $5.29 for 32 ounces and is a very tasty brew.  I can’t get it anywhere else.  When Family Dollar is out, I buy the $5 gray 30 gallon tote from them cheaper than anywhere else.  My tighty whities are under a buck a pair in a seven pack there ( most other places are 3 for $5 ).  The chili is brand name at a buck a can.  But, that being said, they continue to Hump Me In The Drive Through.  I can’t believe the short sighted bastards keep sliding in worse quality items all the time.  It doesn’t stop with these pricks.  They just humped me for $25, and if you all have been paying attention in the comments section, an un-loyal minion screwed me out of a mere $20 five years ago and I certainly can’t forgive or forget that.  So you can imagine my blood pressure at $25!  My last propane camp stove from them was $20 and lasted five years with hard daily use.  It finally failed, and so with complete confidence I bought the same brand for $25.  Did it is last five years?  NO!  It didn’t make it much past five months. 

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Okay, the bitches got me for the money ( when you include all the non-food items they’ve jacked me on, the cheap chili and coffee are actually a bit costly ).  I won’t buy ANY camp gear from them again.  I’ll go elsewhere, even buying the same brand name, because I realize they must have a separate quality agreement.  Brand X is not the same from Wal-Mart as it is from a ranch store, I assume.  Okay, I’ll try to avoid the brand name if possible.  Such as Bell for bike parts.  Piss on them, terrible stuff.  At least from Wal-Mart.  But I think avoiding Wal-Mart is more important than avoiding certain brand names, given a choice.  For years, I’ve avoided K-Mart ( from now on, they will be “Kay”.  Wal-Mart will be “Wall” ).  They bewildered me with their Sears merge, and really for no good reason other than in the mid 90’s Wall started carrying really cheap food.  Now I think I was being an idiot.  I’ve slowly started dipping my toe into buying from Kay and so far, I have not found the extra bad quality issue. 

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And herein lies the tale preppers/survivalists can take away from my pain.  Kay has figured out how to devolve, where Wall is still floundering due to declining sales.  Their success, Big Box Everywhere, profit through growth ( but also very high costs from growth ), is biting them in the ass.  Kay has had near twenty years of declining sales, if not more, to adjust its strategy.  It was forced to live on less volume, and seems to have done it ( keep in mind, I have no knowledge of sales figures or profit/loss statements- I’m just casually observing as a customer ).  In a climate of economic decay, Wall is doomed and Kay just might survive.  No, you can’t buy food from Kay, but it doesn’t matter anymore.  Smiths/Kroeger is cheaper than Wall in many, many things now, food wise.  We don’t need Wall for cheap food anymore, and that is good because they don’t offer much ( I’ll keep cherry-picking their coffee as long as possible ) of it.  Go to Smiths for food, Kay for other household goods of better quality.  The Kay stove was $35 ( verses Wall’s $25 ).  I didn’t get it this time, being on the last of my monthly shopping money.  It is for a back-up stove anyway, not my primary.  And, I’m saving for an eye exam so I can buy a bunch of $8 glasses from online ( yes, I’ll get around to getting those adjustable lens ones, but for pre-collapse use I like regular glasses ).  I compromised and bought the single-burner-on-a-disposable-canister.  The same kind from Wall that was total garbage and ended up there.  But, a different brand name with a better design ( not so much space between the flame and the bottom of the pan it is holding ).  Die Wal-Mart!  Die!

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9 comments:

  1. totally frigging agree. It is starting to worry me.

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  2. It's worrying you that you are agreeing with me?

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    1. Yes it does. It means that I have given up hope, forsaken my Pollyanna optimism and embraced the sky is falling mentality. Gosh I miss living in my fantasy world. thanks! a lot!

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    2. Welcome to the Dark Side Of Doom!!!! HAhaha. You're in Hell now, grab ahold of something. Weeeeee.

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  3. nightsoil here

    c'mon make an effort to sound coherent. what's this all about???

    Did it is last five years? your smelly boots ?

    only 2 spelling mistakes today, way to go.

    walmart doesn't care about you. you have a job. ( funny, most of the bloggers and commenters on here are on the dole) walmart's customers don't really spend their own money. they're spending obammy bucks.

    you should quit your job and go get some obammy bucks. free phones, condoms, food stamps. eyeglasses too, i assume. can't beat obamacare.

    whatever happened to your old friends, crickmore, rangerman, black dog, mayberry?

    i want to see proof that you are really in elko. how about a picture in front of a casino or a ho house? I'll send you the money if you post the pictures.

    just kidding. i'll never send you a cent. hahahahaha!!!

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  4. Only thing going for Wally World is one-stop shopping. W-mart prices are usually higher for food, beer, tobacco, etc then at the regional supermarkets here in FL. But in the middle of nowhere, Walmart rules supreme. But internet sales on clothing, ammo, and such is going to kill any store that doesn't sell food, drugs, liquids. Shipping costs are lower then state sales taxes and sometimes over a certain amount, shipping is free.

    Gil

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    1. Wally has less and less going for them. EXCEPT, and I wish I had thought of this yesterday, they will soon assume the role of the corner convenience store for the suburbs ( if they survive ). The only place to walk or bike to and you pay whatever price they want because of that.

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  5. Have you noticed how often the "just in time" ordering system breaks down? Not to mention all the products they used to carry that they cut out on the streamlining they went through a couple of years ago. Funny: when the sales fell off drastically and they brought back a lot of products, it certainly wasn't all of them. Your point about the quality rang true also. Have long suspected that they carry seconds.

    I live in WM home country, right in their back yard. "A prophet.." and all that. Every time I read how much money they donate to this or that, I think of the poor store employees. The office people generally do well.

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    1. I think all big corps have to donate to charity. If the Robber Barons did it, they have to. What hacks me off isn't the bribe from them, but the charities have depend then demand the sugar tit every year. Kinda pathetic.

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