anybody else not shop at walmart?
i've seen a lot of references to walmart here, and i recognize that they are cheap and all, but my little socially-aware conscience refuses to shop there. am i the only one? please tell me there are more of you out there...
I Boycott Wal-Mart. I haven't stepped foot inside a Wal-Mart or Sam's in a year and a half.
aasil, I'm not sure what you mean by "socially-aware?" ARe you referring to how they underpay their workers, and feel like you can't support that type of corporation?
I can honestly say, I buy things such as cleaning products, feminine products, and small things because they are a lot cheaper than say a Target or grocery store.
i try reeeeally hard not to shop at walmart (especially because, as a canadian, i've seen its impact on our local and national retailers). occasionally, though, i cave. i mean, my favourite moisturizer is $13.50 at walmart, $17 everywhere else.
No.....I shop at Target instead, only because of the type of people that work and shop there.....ewwwww. I don't even know where they find those people. Maybe in a cave somewhere.
what type of people is that?
italian princess - you got it. their labor policies suck. the environmental policies leave a lot to be desired. and corporate chain stores are just shitty for small business economy (which i'm a big fan of).
kellywood - rock on!
pgeorgian - $3.50 canadian is a cheap price for your conscience ;-)
I'm a total heathen; I'll go to Wal-mart. I just got a hell of a deal on school supplies there. If there is a hell and that's what I go there for, well there could be worse offenses.
I don't shop there. I've had horrible experiences there. They are too crowded and everyone seemed to be so rude (customers and employees). I go to Target.
aasil, i'll buy my conscience back when i get out of school, okay?
this msnbc article was an enlightening read as well:
Thousands of adolescents work as unpaid baggers in Wal-Mart’s Mexican stores. The retail giant isn’t breaking any laws—but that doesn’t mean the government is happy with the practice.
We try not to shop at any big box stores.
pgeorgian - sounds like a plan, but i'm gonna hold you to it!
heather - yeah, walmart might be the worst, but big box stores all together are pretty bad. i like mom 'n pop
I hate Wal-mart. I even have a personal reason to hate that corporation. I could easily have been one more lawsuit on their plate years ago if I had a mind to. Anyway, I really don't have a choice to shop there a lot of the time. These days they're the only thing near me these days. Mom & Pop isn't really an option here at all btw. Often enough I got stuck having to food shop around Midnight too & even if I went to another town it'd still be the only thing open. I used to avoid them but for now I don't have the luxury of making a statement. My husband and I both hate wal-mart, but unfortunately we are no longer in a position to protest. I do walk around the store going "I hate this store!!!" a lot though. lol Often enough I do it plenty out loud too. lol
I don't shop there and am vocal against it with friends and family!
So many reasons:
-their refusal to prescribe the morning-after pill
-their (undisclosed) censorship of music and movies
-their labour conditions
-their expansion strategy (there's a reason the mom-and-pops are disappearing!)
-their response to the formation of the first ever Wal-Mart employees' union, in Jonquiere, Quebec (immediately closing the store and reopening in a nearby town with all new employees).
On the other hand I am unwilling to condemn people who may not have any choice but to shop there, financially. I just wish that there were a way to make the "real" costs of their products get included in their prices.
I try to buy "canadian made"
Then "USA" if possible.
But I really try to avoid "made in china"
I think 99% of walmarts product is made in china
Wait, no morning after pill??
so, where do you canucks shop? one of my favourite places is mountain equipment co-op (which tells you something about my fashion sense, no?).
I don't buy things i don't need. So I don't really shop. 'Canadian Tire' also sells garbage made in china, but I go there when i need something.
I buy things from walmart about 2 or 3 times a year, usually stuff my husband wants. I refuse to shop at Sams Club, period.
It's twofold for me: One, I sincerely dislike walmart business practices. Two, I sincerely dislike any walmart shopping experiences, which is part of the snob in me. It's a different world in there compared to Target, or any other chain or locally owned store. I dislike the way the store is set up, how cluttered it is. I dislike how the employees behave. I dislike the way my fellow shoppers push through the aisles, their attitudes, their children. Yes, I am a snob like that, I admit it. But if I am going to spend money I expect to enjoy the shopping experience, and there is nothing enjoyable about stepping foot in a walmart to me.
And something about the idea of buying food from a super walmart has just always grossed me out. I have read a lot of stuff recently too, about the very inferior quality of their so-called organic products, which of course makes me like them even less.