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.
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.
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.
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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