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(Cockeyed)   Walmart charges poor people more. Everyday Low Prices...for rich people   ( cockeyed.com) divider line
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3493 clicks; posted to Business » on 21 Aug 2013 at 7:06 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-08-21 01:08:49 AM  
Wow! It's like each Walmart has their own manager that sets prices within parameters.
Yeah, no other chains do that.
Union hack piece. Pitiful.
 
2013-08-21 02:03:00 AM  
Helluva sample size there, genius. And even so, more than half of the results don't agree with you.
 
2013-08-21 02:05:32 AM  

chiett: Wow! It's like each Walmart has their own manager that sets prices within parameters.
Yeah, no other chains do that.
Union hack piece. Pitiful.


I didn't see a single union mention in that whole piece.

Prices off by ten cents here and there isn't that big of a deal.
 
2013-08-21 02:08:17 AM  
ITS A CONSPIRACY!

THOSE MANAGERS SET THOSE PRICES ACCORDING TO THEIR LOCALE, AND THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE farkING DOING! JUMP YOU farkERS!
 
2013-08-21 07:16:48 AM  
Mangers at Walmart are allowed to adjust prices in thier stores. It's mainly done due to other retailers prices.
 
2013-08-21 07:26:28 AM  
It's almost as if doing business in low-income areas had higher costs due to shoplifting and distance from distribution centers.
 
2013-08-21 07:27:10 AM  
"I may not be able to guess the reason for price variances based on this comparison and my stab at demographics"
 
2013-08-21 07:29:55 AM  
The WalMart in the 'bad' area of town employ an off duty deputy at each entrance and have two bag checkers at each door.  I guess that add ups in the form of about higher bud prices.  Those in the not so bad part of two usually only have the old dude bag checker and they are not really that worried about it.
 
2013-08-21 07:34:10 AM  
Because poor people steal more from the stores.
 
jgi
2013-08-21 07:54:12 AM  
If Walmart were smart, they'd charge these poors interest on the items in their cart before actual time of purchase. Until you buy, you've just got the items on loan.
 
2013-08-21 07:55:37 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Helluva sample size there, genius. And even so, more than half of the results don't agree with you.


But it's a conspiracy!
 
2013-08-21 08:17:24 AM  
I'm completely unsurprised by this unamazing find.
Menards sets prices for each store differently based on distance from Distribution Center and local competition, they are hardly the only national retailer to do it.
 
2013-08-21 08:27:56 AM  
That dude has a hilarious idea of what constitutes "groceries".
 
2013-08-21 08:42:22 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Mangers at Walmart are allowed to adjust prices in thier stores. It's mainly done due to other retailers prices.


and sometimes a busy/lazy employee has not changed the price yet
 
2013-08-21 09:22:06 AM  

chrylis: It's almost as if doing business in low-income areas had higher costs due to shoplifting and distance from distribution centers.


That's *almost* always going to be the opposite.  Land is cheaper in low income areas and the distribution centers are almost always in the lower-middle income areas as well for the same reason.  I have no idea about shoplifting rates, but I'd wager the Wal-Marts in the nicer part of town has to pay a slightly higher wage.
 
2013-08-21 09:35:41 AM  

chrylis: It's almost as if doing business in low-income areas had higher costs due to shoplifting and distance from distribution centers.


Yup. Maybe volume of sales are higher in another store and it permits lower pricing.

/Nah. Let's make this a race/class issue.
 
2013-08-21 09:58:01 AM  
Then don't shop at WalMart?
 
2013-08-21 10:00:03 AM  
Old, old, old, tired argument, that comes from a fundamental lack of understanding of business and economics.

Stores in "poor" areas do less business. When you do less business, your fixed costs are a greater portion of your total cost. Prices rise because each purchaser is covering a greater portion of the fixed cost.

Buying in bulk saves money. Those savings are passed on to you.

/ also, poor area stores usually have more costs in the form of broken windows, graffiti, extra security, higher theft rates
// the only to blame for higher prices is you and your community
 
2013-08-21 10:26:40 AM  

angrymonday: chrylis: It's almost as if doing business in low-income areas had higher costs due to shoplifting and distance from distribution centers.

Yup. Maybe volume of sales are higher in another store and it permits lower pricing.

/Nah. Let's make this a race/class issue.




Can you make money not making this a race/class issue? I don't think so.

/probably logistics
 
2013-08-21 10:33:36 AM  
End the immoral for-profit food industry!
 
2013-08-21 10:33:48 AM  
The fact that the poor areas had to keep the liquor in more secure locations should provide one clue: shoplifting (and probably other crime as well) is more of a problem and expense in those places.

And if you'[re going to do a comparison, why stop at WalMart? How about a study of 7-11, Target, Best Buy, and other large chain stores that do business in rich and poor areas? If your thesis is that WalMart is raping poor people, let's hear about the ones who don't.
 
2013-08-21 11:36:32 AM  
How dare things cost difference prices based on location! I can buy a $200,000 home in rural Indiana that comes with several acres of property and built in the last 10 years. I demand and equivalent pricing structure in San Francisco.
 
2013-08-21 11:37:53 AM  
The same price across all three stores. Look how overpriced this tray of apple slices is. Apples are 8¢ an ounce in this exact same store, not 20 feet from this stupid tray. 42 ounces of apples should be about $3.54, but I guess that doesn't factor in the price of the 22 grapes and the caramel sauce.

Good guess, idiot. Who would have thought that multiple types of machine-sliced apples in a compartmentalized container including grapes and caramel in a container of its own would be more than a sack of apples?

I may not be able to guess the reason for price variances based on this comparison and my stab at demographics, but I'm happy to know about it. I feel like I figured out a secret.

Author also felt this way when he figured out "pants" and how to change the channel.
 
2013-08-21 11:43:16 AM  
Supply, meet Demand.
 
2013-08-21 12:08:06 PM  

Devo37: Supply, meet Demand.


This.

You want a deal on a 6-pack of cheap beer, go to the grocery store in the nice side of town.
You want a deal on a 6-pack of nice beer, go to the grocery store in the poorer side of town.

/Also, the article was stupid & the author should feel bad.
 
2013-08-21 12:28:56 PM  

jjorsett: The fact that the poor areas had to keep the liquor in more secure locations should provide one clue: shoplifting (and probably other crime as well) is more of a problem and expense in those places.

And if you'[re going to do a comparison, why stop at WalMart? How about a study of 7-11, Target, Best Buy, and other large chain stores that do business in rich and poor areas? If your thesis is that WalMart is raping poor people, let's hear about the ones who don't.


I live in a middle-class neighborhood and work in a wealthy one. Each has a McDonald's, owned by different franchisers. My egg mcmuffin combo costs 70 cents more in the rich neighborhood at work than it does at my house.

So there's your anecdote for the day.

/csb
 
2013-08-21 01:23:22 PM  
The milk at the three different stores doesn't necessarily come from the same place. Milk is a commodity and priced like a commodity. Same with produce. TFA should learn some economics.
 
2013-08-21 01:32:07 PM  
Poorer people tend to steal more.  This is why no good grocery stores go to the ghetto. It isn't because they are racist, but rather the people there are all thieves.
 
2013-08-21 03:05:09 PM  

chiett: Wow! It's like each Walmart has their own manager that sets prices within parameters.
Yeah, no other chains do that.
Union hack piece. Pitiful.


The Waltons still aren't going to sleep with you, big guy.
 
2013-08-21 03:55:47 PM  
Before you hold the article up to the claims of the Fark Headline, keep in mind that the author of the article is "My Walmart is Cheaper than Your Walmart". This isn't obvious to everyone, that a store which claimed to have "Always the Lowest Price" could have different prices across stores.

I mean, how could the always lowest price be different? Wouldn't one price, by definition, not be the lowest?
 
2013-08-21 07:41:10 PM  

chrylis: It's almost as if doing business in low-income areas had higher costs due to shoplifting and distance from distribution centers.


Poor people have a harder time using stores that aren't close to their vicinity due to a number of reasons, but mostly distance.  Rich people can go to a different store, or city so the stores in the rich neighborhoods have to price lower.
 
2013-08-22 12:42:01 AM  
You're right, Walmart is the only company that does this.

/fark you idiot author and you too subtard
 
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