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(Yahoo)   Now that Amazon is able provide customers with cheap and plentiful purple Flavor-Aid, Cool Ranch Doritos and adult diapers, Walmart is taking a closer look at this whole "internet" fad   (finance.yahoo.com) divider line 115
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2012-04-01 11:16:26 PM
Where would the greeter go?
 
2012-04-01 11:34:11 PM
Yah but can I buy Mantyhose?

Not that I'm a...(cough)Manty or anything.
 
2012-04-02 02:00:37 AM
just want grape bubble yum.
 
2012-04-02 02:17:46 AM
If I can order it from Amazon and have it on my doorstep in two days, there's no reason to brave Walmart.
 
2012-04-02 02:29:10 AM
Reasons I don't use Walmart.com and shop at Amazon.

Walmart.com's inventory management online is sh*t. You never know when/if something will be in stock.
Their actual inventory isn't much different than their store.
They don't have easy/cheap shipping options.
The search functions are garbage.


All said, why would I shop at Walmart.com when I could just walk into the store and get the exact same item for the exact same price. Instead, I could go to Amazon and have 50x the options, have it shipped 2-day for free, and pay less (not considering sales tax).


Bottom line, I have more options for any item. Each item costs less. Every item gets here fast. It's a no-brainer.
 
2012-04-02 02:30:25 AM

rynthetyn: If I can order it from Amazon and have it on my doorstep in two days, there's no reason to brave Walmart.


But... they have an app!! You can go to the store, look at and touch the item, then order it online for the exact same price!! Then, you can come back in 4 days and pick up the item!!

It's just SO convenient!!!!
 
2012-04-02 06:14:15 AM
FTA: "Wal-Mart's acquisitions include Kosmix, a social-media firm, and iPhone app creator Small Society. The company hopes the newcomers can find a way to stop shoppers from engaging in scan and scram. That's when would-be customers use their smartphones in stores to scan an item's bar code and then buy it online from a rival merchant."

So you are gong to be a pain in the arse for people that do this and you think that's going to help your own online offerings? Talk about fail.

The only chance wally world has to make a dent in Amazons online market share is to compete with Amazon Prime. They just will not be able to do that as long as they have brick and mortar in every state. Give me next day free shipping and I'm still going to pass on the 7.4% sales tax.
 
2012-04-02 06:45:01 AM
If I'm ordering something, it's typically something that isn't urgent. A book, an electronic gizmo, etc.

If I'm at Wal-mart, it's because I need something immediately and they are the most likely to carry it. Batteries, towels, paper plates, etc.

But since I live right around the corner from a Fred Meyer (when I am in the States), I find Wal-mart to be inconvenient and smelly.
 
2012-04-02 07:14:25 AM

Ambivalence: Yah but can I buy Mantyhose?

Not that I'm a...(cough)Manty or anything.


Now I know what mantyhose. I'm disturbed. I doubt I'll ever get this image out of my mind, so I feel I should share.

i.imgur.com

/pantyhose are disgusting even on women
 
2012-04-02 07:16:04 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: If I'm at Wal-mart, it's because I need something immediately and they are the most likely to carry it. Batteries, towels, paper plates, etc.


You know who else needed a towel on short notice?

i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-02 07:31:51 AM
Finally one can shop at walmart and not have to dress up in pajama pants and crocs.
 
2012-04-02 07:40:01 AM

sammyk: FTA: "Wal-Mart's acquisitions include Kosmix, a social-media firm, and iPhone app creator Small Society. The company hopes the newcomers can find a way to stop shoppers from engaging in scan and scram. That's when would-be customers use their smartphones in stores to scan an item's bar code and then buy it online from a rival merchant."

So you are gong to be a pain in the arse for people that do this and you think that's going to help your own online offerings? Talk about fail.


You just know they're considering cell phone jammers or "free wifi" that hijacks your signal and changes their competitors prices or blocks Shop Savvy. Wasn't it Best Buy that had computers where their customers could check their web pricing only that site had all its prices changed to match the store? Wall Mart would love to be able to make your smartphone do the same thing.
 
2012-04-02 07:51:21 AM

Flint Ironstag: You just know they're considering cell phone jammers


The survivors of the first fatass walmart shopper to die because of delayed emergency response due to those jammers will get a nice check.
 
2012-04-02 08:26:43 AM

Babwa Wawa: AverageAmericanGuy: If I'm at Wal-mart, it's because I need something immediately and they are the most likely to carry it. Batteries, towels, paper plates, etc.

You know who else needed a towel on short notice?

[i.imgur.com image 460x276]


Burn in hell with your mantyhose. There was no need to post that. NO NEED.

good times good times
 
2012-04-02 08:32:27 AM

Babwa Wawa: Flint Ironstag: You just know they're considering cell phone jammers

The survivors of the first fatass walmart shopper to die because of delayed emergency response due to those jammers will get a nice check.


I could see them building their stores from some sort of cladding that "just happens" to be very bad for cellphone signals. Purely by coincidence of course, that material is for insulation...
 
2012-04-02 08:38:59 AM
Babwa Wawa
Ambivalence: Yah but can I buy Mantyhose?

Not that I'm a...(cough)Manty or anything.

Now I know what mantyhose. I'm disturbed. I doubt I'll ever get this image out of my mind, so I feel I should share.

i.imgur.com

/pantyhose are disgusting even on women


Nope, you need Spanx for men. Firms the derriere, while offering that plump booty look AND accentuates your manhood (if you have any).
 
2012-04-02 08:39:01 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I find Wal-mart to be inconvenient and smelly.


This.

And I'm not interested in having something shipped "Free" to a local store for pickup if it means I have to set foot in one of their stores. I have had to use the Customer Service desk for returns in the past, and I'm convinced that if I have to go there to pick up an item, it will take at least an hour or two out of my day and leave me with the usual feeling of regret.

I can wait a few days for just about anything, get it shipped to my front door usually for free, skip the sales tax and shop from a much, much larger selection of merchandise on Amazon. No reason to set foot in Wallyworld.
 
2012-04-02 08:39:45 AM

Cubansaltyballs: Reasons I don't use Walmart.com and shop at Amazon.

Walmart.com's inventory management online is sh*t. You never know when/if something will be in stock.
Their actual inventory isn't much different than their store.
They don't have easy/cheap shipping options.
The search functions are garbage.


This. "Ship to Store"? You mean I can wait five days and STILL have to actually go to Wal-Mart and deal with the resident crew of meth-heads and landwhales on Hoverrounds in order to get my product? Where do I sign up???

Also, the last time I looked at their website, you could add

- Search results junked up with stuff from hundreds of shiatty fly-by-night third-party "marketplace" sellers, making it a royal pain in the ass to figure out what's actually available in the store (Best Buy has started doing this too as they circle the drain)
 
2012-04-02 08:40:20 AM
Sure, but does Amazon ship Flavor-Aid to places like Guyana?
 
2012-04-02 08:48:46 AM
I don't shop at Walmart in person. Why would I shop at Walmart online? I do my best to Ma & Pa, as much as I can. It's been over 10 years since or more. I don't like to play buy/return/return.
 
2012-04-02 08:55:37 AM
Walmart.com is almost as depressing as the b&m stores. I don't know how they instilled depressing in a website, but they done did it.
 
2012-04-02 08:56:38 AM

missiv: It's been over 10 years since or more


Since you've completed a sentence?
 
2012-04-02 09:03:29 AM

TravisBickle62: Walmart.com is almost as depressing as the b&m stores. I don't know how they instilled depressing in a website, but they done did it.


You're absolutely right. They've somehow captured the feeling - I almost expect my mouse to stick on the white space in the site like my shoes stick to the floors of wal-mart.

schief2: add Search results junked up with stuff from hundreds of shiatty fly-by-night third-party "marketplace" sellers, making it a royal pain in the ass to figure out what's actually available in the store (Best Buy has started doing this too as they circle the drain)


They see Amazon doing it because they knew from the outset that they wouldn't be able to supply everything a single customer might want. But if they can sell through Amazon, customers get one-site shopping and transaction assurance to the customer, vendors get access to a huge customer base, and Amazon gets gobs of market intelligence on top of the transaction fees.

However, these latecomers don't realize that you can't do that in the same way as Amazon if you plan to leverage your physical presence, and results have to be relevant in any case.
 
2012-04-02 09:03:46 AM
Some time ago I used a gift card for there to purchase an album they had for sale . After several days they sent me a message saying it wasn't available and would I like them to continue looking for it. I said yes "keep looking" since I wanted what I had picked to buy. Many more days later I got another message telling me they could not locate what I wanted and I should make a different choice. That led me to wonder why the hell they had it for sale in the first place.

Thats my Amazon story.
 
2012-04-02 09:05:35 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Burn in hell with your mantyhose. There was no need to post that. NO NEED.


Open your eyes to the abominations in your midst, sheeple! Join me and we will defeat androgynous trends that cause dissonance in our sexual orientation!
 
2012-04-02 09:05:57 AM
The other great thing about using Amazon instead of Walmart--not having to deal with the rash of idiots that go through the express lane with a cart packed full of groceries
 
2012-04-02 09:09:28 AM
Amazon Prime.
Thought it was a waste, until I got it to help cut cost around Christmas.

Now I find myself watching (free) Prime Video quite a bit and ordered a lot more off their site than hitting the local big box stores.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-04-02 09:20:07 AM
The Star/Shaws down the street from me is not an awful place to walk through, but customer service is hopeless. If they don't have what I want in stock, unexpired I go to Amazon.
 
2012-04-02 09:28:42 AM
Amazon's growth is not profitable growth.

Amazon's net profit margin is just 1.3%, compared to Wal-Mart's 3.7%. And most of that difference comes from operating margins.

Amazon isn't much of a threat to Wal-Mart, its actually the other way around.
 
2012-04-02 09:29:28 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Sure, but does Amazon ship Flavor-Aid to places like Guyana?


Throwing a party?
 
2012-04-02 09:30:41 AM

Flint Ironstag: Babwa Wawa: Flint Ironstag: You just know they're considering cell phone jammers

The survivors of the first fatass walmart shopper to die because of delayed emergency response due to those jammers will get a nice check.

I could see them building their stores from some sort of cladding that "just happens" to be very bad for cellphone signals. Purely by coincidence of course, that material is for insulation...


Signal blocking, even by accident, is illegal in the US and the wireless companies that pay for access to the spectrum are able to sue if they can prove you did it on purpose. Having thousands of walmart stores go black around the same time would be a pretty good case that the blocking is intentional. Even walmart doesn't want to get into a legal battle with Verizon, ATT etal
 
2012-04-02 09:37:15 AM
I love Amazon.
 
2012-04-02 09:42:28 AM

LarryDan43: Finally one can shop at walmart and not have to dress up in pajama pants and crocs.


Reminds me of this...

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-02 09:49:20 AM
I order a lot of food items from Amazon. However. The issue is usually that Amazon often/usually has higher prices, especially those items that have Prime shipping. For example, one item that I buy is $27 on Amazon with prime, and $11 with $5 flat rate shipping elsewhere. Not every food item is a deal on Amazon, if you care at all about is price you certainly might want to get a lot of things locally. I dunno about going into a Walmart though, we regard that as "entertainment" here and mostly go to look a the people.
 
2012-04-02 09:51:56 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I_Am_Weasel: Sure, but does Amazon ship Flavor-Aid to places like Guyana?

Throwing a party?


yes, I've been jonesing for a good bash.
 
2012-04-02 09:54:46 AM
I'm sold on the Amazon concept...when I need an item (for example, the wire hanging fruit basket for my kitchen I ordered today) I can have the whole deal wrapped up in under minute, with free shipping. No gas burned, no time wasted at a horrifying in-store experience with land-whales and meth-addled feebs, no extra un-needed items purchased via impulse...win for days.

I also have Amazon Prime, which I purchased at the beginning of December, and it paid for itself in under 20 days what with xmas shopping and such. Free shipping for the next year.

I still shop at Walmart though...usually once a month for TP, paper towels, filters for the A/C, shampoo etc..."The Walmart Run" is a dreaded, yet necessary event. But perhaps, if I put my mind to it, I could actually get most of the items at Amazon...?
 
2012-04-02 09:56:22 AM

I_Am_Weasel: AverageAmericanGuy: I_Am_Weasel: Sure, but does Amazon ship Flavor-Aid to places like Guyana?

Throwing a party?

yes, I've been jonesing for a good bash.


Count me in. Can I bring the kids?
 
2012-04-02 09:57:06 AM

Grables'Daughter: I love Amazon.


We know. LOL
 
2012-04-02 10:19:03 AM

foo monkey: Where would the greeter go?


Live chat popup, and he/she'd ask for your confirmation number before you could log out of the site.
 
2012-04-02 10:27:06 AM

Grables'Daughter: I love Amazon.


It would be a lot funnier if your wishlist was on alibaba.com and included things like a Metric ton of chia seeds (new window) or 1000 operational amplifiers. (new window)
 
2012-04-02 10:29:14 AM

Scurvy Dog: foo monkey: Where would the greeter go?

Live chat popup, and he/she'd ask for your confirmation number before you could log out of the site.


LOL I LOVE that about Wal-Mart. If the beepy thingy goes off when you are leaving the store, they just say "Did you buy a DVD?" And I say: "Yes", then they say, "Okay, go ahead."

It's a DVD detector!

Pro tip: Go to Wal-Mart, shoplift all you want, wait for the alarm, and then answer "Yes" when you are asked if you bought a DVD.

Disclaimer: May not work for black men as well as it does for flirty white girls.
 
2012-04-02 10:42:31 AM
I've actually ordered things from both Walmart.com and Amazon.com. The thing I got from Walmart was cheap... but it wasn't anything I couldn't gotten from their store, it just meant I didn't have to actually do so. Their site also sucks compared to Amazon's.

Amazon I've bought a ton of stuff from, and I'll continue to do so in the future. They have freaking EVERYTHING, and if I buy stuff in batches I can get free shipping. Even when their prices aren't the very lowest they're usually among the lowest or at least entirely reasonable, so it makes a lot of sense to order things through them. Plus, for things like books they have the option to buy used copies and that's pretty awesome, since I've shopped at many a used book store and that's who will send the book to you when you order a used book through Amazon.
 
2012-04-02 10:45:36 AM
I <3 Amazon Prime. Free 2-day shipping that is effectively next-day is a game changer.

/and streaming Deep Space 9 for free is pretty cool, too.
 
2012-04-02 10:46:04 AM
www.kindofcreepy.com

PEOPLE OF WAL-MART
 
2012-04-02 10:48:32 AM
It would be nice if amazon did car rentals.

Say a convertible so I could drive from Miami to Keywest.
 
2012-04-02 10:48:56 AM

Grables'Daughter: Scurvy Dog: foo monkey: Where would the greeter go?

Live chat popup, and he/she'd ask for your confirmation number before you could log out of the site.

LOL I LOVE that about Wal-Mart. If the beepy thingy goes off when you are leaving the store, they just say "Did you buy a DVD?" And I say: "Yes", then they say, "Okay, go ahead."

It's a DVD detector!

Pro tip: Go to Wal-Mart, shoplift all you want, wait for the alarm, and then answer "Yes" when you are asked if you bought a DVD.

Disclaimer: May not work for black men as well as it does for flirty white girls.


Fun fact, they don't even HAVE the door people to stop you from from walking out with anything anymore. I had to return something the other day (no battery charger) and I waited for the door person to put a sticker on my box for about 5 minutes before a customer going in said they didn't have greeters anymore. Not that the 80 year old man, or mentally handicaped woman was going to be able to stop a determined shoplifter anyway, but it was at least a body in the way.
 
2012-04-02 10:53:51 AM

Grables'Daughter: Scurvy Dog: foo monkey: Where would the greeter go?

Live chat popup, and he/she'd ask for your confirmation number before you could log out of the site.

LOL I LOVE that about Wal-Mart. If the beepy thingy goes off when you are leaving the store, they just say "Did you buy a DVD?" And I say: "Yes", then they say, "Okay, go ahead."

It's a DVD detector!

Pro tip: Go to Wal-Mart, shoplift all you want, wait for the alarm, and then answer "Yes" when you are asked if you bought a DVD.

Disclaimer: May not work for black men as well as it does for flirty white girls.


Our Walmart has an octogenarian, Southern-accented greeter named Forrest. (I live in Minnesota.) He usually just says "Oh, uh, thankyouverymuch" when we leave. I've never tripped the detector, though I have once or twice in the past 10 years been asked to show a receipt (not necessarily by Forrest).

We also have one guy there who has been a greeter for over 20 years, and he was old when he started. I think he actually used to work there under two different names, and was probably paid as two part-time employees instead of as one full-timer.
 
2012-04-02 10:55:22 AM
Amazon has this cool feature thingy - I forget what it is called - where you can have like some sort of list of things that you want, and then other people can buy them for you.
 
2012-04-02 11:03:02 AM

Grables'Daughter: Amazon has this cool feature thingy - I forget what it is called - where you can have like some sort of list of things that you want, and then other people can buy them for you.


I haven't used their wishlist, but wonder how it works. If someone buys an item for you through that list, is that item removed from it, like it would be for a gift registry? Then again, we had people buy gifts for our wedding using our registry at Target, but many older, rural folk here in the Midwest don't understand that YOU HAVE TO CHECK ITEMS OFF THE LIST SO MULTIPLE PEOPLE DON'T BUY THEM.

Just wondered if Amazon was the same way. My wife and I have older, rural folk who sometimes ask for wish lists at Christmas and birthdays - and they aren't very Web savvy.

/one of them got a Shutterfly gift card and wanted to mail in the photos
 
2012-04-02 11:08:10 AM

Scurvy Dog: Grables'Daughter: Amazon has this cool feature thingy - I forget what it is called - where you can have like some sort of list of things that you want, and then other people can buy them for you.

I haven't used their wishlist, but wonder how it works. If someone buys an item for you through that list, is that item removed from it, like it would be for a gift registry? Then again, we had people buy gifts for our wedding using our registry at Target, but many older, rural folk here in the Midwest don't understand that YOU HAVE TO CHECK ITEMS OFF THE LIST SO MULTIPLE PEOPLE DON'T BUY THEM.

Just wondered if Amazon was the same way. My wife and I have older, rural folk who sometimes ask for wish lists at Christmas and birthdays - and they aren't very Web savvy.

/one of them got a Shutterfly gift card and wanted to mail in the photos


If someone buys something off of someone's wishlist, that item is then removed from the list. It is sent anonymously to the person. Then the person that receives the item is very, very grateful.
 
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