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2013-08-23 02:34:05 PM
Walmart lies? GTFO of here!
 
2013-08-23 02:54:44 PM
I guess they count land and buildings as US made goods.
 
2013-08-23 02:58:39 PM
Half expected the article to be about how the Execs at Walmart created a shell of a new company 'based' in the US that they bought all their products from, but that company continued to use all the regular suppliers and just 'directly shipped' the product to the Walmart stores.
 
2013-08-23 03:00:31 PM
Being walmart, they'll:
1) negotiate america down until it's unprofitable
2) take over the region
3) hire everyone not currently working for walmart
4) fold its hands and laugh maniacally at all the boarded up storefronts..
 
2013-08-23 03:12:42 PM
I really, really hate Wal-Mart.  To see they are now taking over the grocery industry as well sickens me.

This "must have the lowest price, the end, full stop" mentality that rewards their business model annoys me too.  It's difficult to afford but I still make it a point to shop at more local stores, small businesses etc simply so I don't reward big box stores like Wal-Mart, Menards, Target etc.  They move in with their all-in-one megastores and destroy local economies, depressing wages and making everyone reliant on their hilariously poor quality shiat, and then consumers are like "I can save $0.15 on toilet paper!  I can save $0.25 on a box of cereal.  All together if I buy way more shiat than I need, I can save up to $50 if I were to buy all this useless shiat from other stores!  Wal-Mart is my friend."

One is moving in right next door to where I work.  Every time I drive past the construction I am tempted to hijack a bulldozer and knock the whole farking thing to the ground.
 
2013-08-23 03:26:05 PM
Next thing you know, those bright, happy, enthusiastic employees they use in the commercials aren't the real veteran employees of the store making $8/hour.
 
2013-08-23 03:28:19 PM
Wal-Mart white knights, ASSEMBLE!!
 
2013-08-23 03:40:58 PM
The movie "The Campaign" ended up sucking, but the idea of Walmart buying a town in China and naming it "America" now seems oddly prescient.
 
2013-08-23 03:44:25 PM
I don't even blame Walmart.  I don't care about their wages, or their cheap crap.  I blame the people who shop there.  If people weren't flocking to Walmart in droves, none of this would be an issue.  If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

/saving $0.03 on a normally $29.99 item isn't actually saving you anything
//will never shop there
 
2013-08-23 03:45:27 PM
A country in which a baby sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.
 
2013-08-23 03:46:49 PM

Kuroshin: If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.


WhyNotBoth?.jpg
 
2013-08-23 03:58:42 PM
While Hillary was a big wig in Walmart, the company learned that you can get cheaper products with slave labor in China.

The Clintons would make utilizing this labor much easier for American companies a few years later.
 
2013-08-23 04:07:18 PM
funnyasduck.net

I don't care what they buy/sell... I won't step foot into a WalMart... That's for white trash.

thenutsnet.com
 
2013-08-23 04:09:54 PM

Nemo's Brother: While Hillary was a big wig in Walmart, the company learned that you can get cheaper products with slave labor in China.

The Clintons would make utilizing this labor much easier for American companies a few years later.


That does it.  I'm turning in my Liberal Card in at the nearest Liberal Centre.
 
2013-08-23 04:11:42 PM
I think it will be really funny when the baby boomers who started all this try to retire but no one is able to buy their houses or invest in 401ks to keep up the value of their retirement assets because they work at jobs like these.
 
2013-08-23 04:12:12 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: A country in which a baby sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.


Came here to say something like this. That's three times now that I've seen a headline marked NSFW because of that same breastfeeding pic. This is the kind of ignorance breastfeeding groups are trying to stamp out, but I see they still have a long way to go. Get a grip people.
 
2013-08-23 04:18:19 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: A country in which a baby sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.


A country in which anyone sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.
 
2013-08-23 04:35:34 PM

Elandriel


One is moving in right next door to where I work. Every time I drive past the construction I am tempted to hijack a bulldozer and knock the whole farking thing to the ground.


Please let Fark know when and where so the headline can be prepared appropriately.
 
2013-08-23 04:41:11 PM
The Waltons will be remembered as swine who destroyed the country of their birth for money. They should be burned alive on national TV.
 
2013-08-23 04:41:34 PM

Nemo's Brother: While Hillary was a big wig in Walmart, the company learned that you can get cheaper products with slave labor in China.

The Clintons would make utilizing this labor much easier for American companies a few years later.


Why is it that when Democrats act like Republicans, Republicans get upset about it?
 
2013-08-23 04:42:53 PM

Apik0r0s: The Waltons will be remembered as swine who destroyed the country of their birth for money. They should be burned alive on national TV.


You think they care about where they were born?
 
2013-08-23 04:43:39 PM

gnosis301: Wal-Mart white knights, ASSEMBLE!!


Here I am*...

FTA: This year, Walmart is back with a new "Buy America" program.  In January, the company announced that it would purchase an additional $50 billion worth of domestic goods over the next decade.  ...  For starters, $50 billion over a decade may sound huge at first, but measured against Walmart's galactic size, it's not.  An additional $5 billion a year amounts to only 1.5 percent of what Walmart currently spends on inventory.

It doesn't matter how the total compares to Walmart's total spending. What matters is that it's $50 billion that wasn't being spent on America goods before.

*just kidding. I dislike Walmart as much as I dislike all the big box stores, meaning I'll still shop there because I need shiat, but I won't enjoy the experience. Except possibly at Target, which is constantly filled with lookers.
 
2013-08-23 04:45:08 PM

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Why is it that when Democrats act like Republicans, Republicans get upset about it?


It may be because Republicans assume Democrats don't care about it when it happens.
 
2013-08-23 04:46:35 PM
I knew a guy who designed kitchenware.  Their company was all excited about getting a contract with Wal-Mart.  Then they started getting hit with the terms.

They made middle to high end pots and pans.  Wal-Mart wanted crap quality at crap prices with guaranteed price drops every year.   After a few years they let the contract lapse because they didn't want their brand name to be associated with Wal-Mart's shiat quality.
 
2013-08-23 04:52:20 PM
I just moved to a newer neighborhood and kind of shot myself in the foot doing so...the nearest place to get groceries, etc is Wal-Mart, where in my old hood I had a bunch of smaller hardware stores, an Albertson's and a Mexican grocery (well, they're based out of AZ, but cater to Mexicans) all within a few blocks. There was a Wal-Mart the same distance away in the other direction, but I rarely went there.

More and more I find myself planning things a little better when I'm going from school to home so I can still shop at the other stores, and stay the hell out of Wal Mart. Though, the new one near me (just opened a couple of months back) is better than the one I used to live by in that it has operable self check-out lanes and adequate staffing in the regular lanes, I still don't like giving money to that company if I don't have to.

Anyway, I hope that as they develop this area of town more grocery stores move in, even if it is a chain like Albertson's. I'd hate to start grocery shopping at Wally World.

/I don't miss a lot of things about the old hood
//Like trains at 4 am, drafty windows, and a settling foundation
///Central AC is pretty nice too
 
2013-08-23 04:55:45 PM
Wellon Dowd

HotIgneous Intruder: A country in which a baby sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.

A country in which anyone sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.


There is already too much government tit sucking going around as it is.
 
2013-08-23 05:06:58 PM

Apik0r0s: The Waltons will be remembered as swine who destroyed the country of their birth for money. They should be burned alive on national TV.


LOL. This is what farklibs actually believe

Kuroshin is right. Dont like Walmart? Don't shop there.
 
2013-08-23 05:08:39 PM

rev. dave: I guess they count land and buildings as US made goods.


They don't even buy those, they lease them.

Walmart makes money because stupid people shop there.
Stop shopping at Walmart.
Walmart stops making money.
Problem solved.
 
2013-08-23 05:11:06 PM

AngryDragon: rev. dave: I guess they count land and buildings as US made goods.

They don't even buy those, they lease them.

Walmart makes money because stupid people shop there.
Stop shopping at Walmart.
Walmart stops making money.
Problem solved.


Huh...I make that argument with voting, and everyone blasts me for it.

/PICK. ANOTHER. STORE.
 
2013-08-23 05:11:46 PM

skrame: gnosis301: Wal-Mart white knights, ASSEMBLE!!

Here I am*...

FTA: This year, Walmart is back with a new "Buy America" program.  In January, the company announced that it would purchase an additional $50 billion worth of domestic goods over the next decade.  ...  For starters, $50 billion over a decade may sound huge at first, but measured against Walmart's galactic size, it's not.  An additional $5 billion a year amounts to only 1.5 percent of what Walmart currently spends on inventory.

It doesn't matter how the total compares to Walmart's total spending. What matters is that it's $50 billion that wasn't being spent on America goods before.


I wonder how much of that $50 billion will be reduced by inflation. The WalMart nearest me closed ... because a brand spanking new Super WalMart opened in the same town. I look and gawk, but don't buy there. The things they sell I can get elsewhere, or wait until I feel like driving 40 miles or so to bigger city, which I do about once a month anyway.
 
2013-08-23 05:20:14 PM

Slives: Half expected the article to be about how the Execs at Walmart created a shell of a new company 'based' in the US that they bought all their products from, but that company continued to use all the regular suppliers and just 'directly shipped' the product to the Walmart stores.


I'm surprised they didn't do that, actually. That would be classic Wal-Mart.
 
2013-08-23 05:22:56 PM

Kuroshin: I don't even blame Walmart.  I don't care about their wages, or their cheap crap.  I blame the people who shop there.  If people weren't flocking to Walmart in droves, none of this would be an issue.  If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

/saving $0.03 on a normally $29.99 item isn't actually saving you anything
//will never shop there


Blame me, then. You know why I shop at Walmart? Because I can't afford not to. You think I farking want to do it? No. I want to vote with my wallet. I want to support better business practices. I can't afford to pay an extra 20% on my grocery budget to do so.
 
2013-08-23 05:24:03 PM
I don't understand Wal-Mart shoppers. If you're so obese you can't even walk, why not stay home and buy from Amazon instead?
 
2013-08-23 05:37:24 PM

Kuroshin: I don't even blame Walmart.  I don't care about their wages, or their cheap crap.  I blame the people who shop there.  If people weren't flocking to Walmart in droves, none of this would be an issue.  If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

/saving $0.03 on a normally $29.99 item isn't actually saving you anything
//will never shop there


I shop at walmart on occasion when I specifically want a single or very very rare used specific purpose item.  For example:  I have a 300 dollar Engel ice chest but was doing just an over night trip to the coast with 3 kids (neices / newphew) and needed something to keep like string cheese and some capree suns cold.  The engel is way more efficient but is significantly larger and heavier and just was not needed for this purpose.  So i went and bought a little ice chest that could be carried in the car (instead of the trunk for the engel) so the kids could have snacks while on the road for 4 hours.  So this thing might see use 1 or 2 times a year and will meet this specific need.  Doesn't need to be perfect.

However, nearly all furniture I purchase I try to find a local craftsman and am willing to pay out the arse for quality.  I would rather pay 10X as much for something that lasts 10X as long and is 5X more comfortable to use.  That is a much better value.
 
2013-08-23 05:37:49 PM

TopoGigo: Kuroshin: I don't even blame Walmart.  I don't care about their wages, or their cheap crap.  I blame the people who shop there.  If people weren't flocking to Walmart in droves, none of this would be an issue.  If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

/saving $0.03 on a normally $29.99 item isn't actually saving you anything
//will never shop there

Blame me, then. You know why I shop at Walmart? Because I can't afford not to. You think I farking want to do it? No. I want to vote with my wallet. I want to support better business practices. I can't afford to pay an extra 20% on my grocery budget to do so.


Every time I ever went to go shopping at Walmart, and Target also, the groceries that I was there to buy were always either the same price or a little more expensive than the it was at other grocery stores. In fact there are a couple of stores where groceries are a lot cheaper than Walmart where I live. What is cheaper at Walmart is all of the other crap you really don't need, but you buy because it is so much cheaper than similar products at other stores. That is what they get you in the door with, and then once you are in you go ahead and buy your groceries, which for the most part aren't cheaper than other stores, there because you are already there. In my experience that is how it always appeared to me, it may be different where you live.
 
2013-08-23 05:47:09 PM

IlGreven: Huh...I make that argument with voting, and everyone blasts me for it.


It's because your vote has a better chance of affecting others than where you spend your money.
 
2013-08-23 06:00:15 PM

Kazrath: However, nearly all furniture I purchase I try to find a local craftsman and am willing to pay out the arse for quality.  I would rather pay 10X as much for something that lasts 10X as long and is 5X more comfortable to use.  That is a much better value.


Argh, don't get me started on crap furniture.  I bought a leather sofa and a dining room table and chair set.  All looked great in the store.  Didn't notice at the time that it was all made in China until after I got it all home.  The table was fine, but the chairs all fell apart almost immediately, and, four years later, all the leather is flaking off the sofa in little tiny pieces smaller than a dime (I didn't know leather could even do that).

The kicker is that I bought it all at a small mom and pop store that is now out of business, so, um, yeah.
 
2013-08-23 06:04:57 PM

ongbok: TopoGigo: Kuroshin: I don't even blame Walmart.  I don't care about their wages, or their cheap crap.  I blame the people who shop there.  If people weren't flocking to Walmart in droves, none of this would be an issue.  If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

/saving $0.03 on a normally $29.99 item isn't actually saving you anything
//will never shop there

Blame me, then. You know why I shop at Walmart? Because I can't afford not to. You think I farking want to do it? No. I want to vote with my wallet. I want to support better business practices. I can't afford to pay an extra 20% on my grocery budget to do so.

Every time I ever went to go shopping at Walmart, and Target also, the groceries that I was there to buy were always either the same price or a little more expensive than the it was at other grocery stores. In fact there are a couple of stores where groceries are a lot cheaper than Walmart where I live. What is cheaper at Walmart is all of the other crap you really don't need, but you buy because it is so much cheaper than similar products at other stores. That is what they get you in the door with, and then once you are in you go ahead and buy your groceries, which for the most part aren't cheaper than other stores, there because you are already there. In my experience that is how it always appeared to me, it may be different where you live.


Not where I live. I have a total of seven options to get groceries. Amazon is ungodly expensive for food (we don't have Amazon grocery here yet) and most disposables. One local grocery is a run-down refugee from the 1950's that sells half-expired foods, charges double for crap produce if they even have it in stock, and carries such trusted brands as "Shur-Fine". The other local grocery smells of rotten meat, and I have real concerns about food-borne illness. The local farmers market is really nice, but is only open when I'm working or sleeping, is insanely busy, and is generally more expensive than I can afford. Sav-a-lot is gross and sells mostly seconds and near-expired foods. So, that leaves me to choose between Kroger and Walmart. Kroger is decent, and has good variety. Their butcher's counter is excellent, but is only open until 7pm. Their packaged meats are generally either overpriced or poor quality, though. They've gone with a mostly organic produce section, so it's overpriced and poor quality most of the time. (Sorry, hippies, but organic produce doesn't hold up well in a grocery setting. Grow your own or buy straight from the grower if you want organic.) Their boxed and canned foods, which is what I spend most of my grocery dollars on, are about 70% comparable quality and price, but 30% is literally double the price of the same item at Walmart. Their disposables are also outrageous. I'm not paying more than twice the price for laundry detergent or paper towels just because Kroger thinks I have no choice once I'm there. So, I try to plan well enough that I can order toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. from Amazon, buy all my staples at Walmart one week, and hit Kroger the next week for meats and the few cost-effective veggies/fruit I can find there. I work for tips, though, so I have to make sure that when I have the money I stock up on food--which leaves me shopping at Walmart.

Trust me, I'm not buying any non-food items that I expect any kind of lifespan from at Walmart. I learned a long time ago that buying quality generally is cheaper in the long run.
 
2013-08-23 06:22:15 PM

Geotpf: Kazrath: However, nearly all furniture I purchase I try to find a local craftsman and am willing to pay out the arse for quality.  I would rather pay 10X as much for something that lasts 10X as long and is 5X more comfortable to use.  That is a much better value.

Argh, don't get me started on crap furniture.  I bought a leather sofa and a dining room table and chair set.  All looked great in the store.  Didn't notice at the time that it was all made in China until after I got it all home.  The table was fine, but the chairs all fell apart almost immediately, and, four years later, all the leather is flaking off the sofa in little tiny pieces smaller than a dime (I didn't know leather could even do that).

The kicker is that I bought it all at a small mom and pop store that is now out of business, so, um, yeah.


It cant. Bonded leather can, and is a shiat ton cheaper than actual leather.  It's real leather but it's only about 1/64" thick glued to a canvas or other backing.  If you want leather and you want it to last more than a year or two, ask the salesperson.  If it's bonded leather, walk away.
 
2013-08-23 06:47:14 PM

TopoGigo: Kuroshin: I don't even blame Walmart.  I don't care about their wages, or their cheap crap.  I blame the people who shop there.  If people weren't flocking to Walmart in droves, none of this would be an issue.  If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

/saving $0.03 on a normally $29.99 item isn't actually saving you anything
//will never shop there

Blame me, then. You know why I shop at Walmart? Because I can't afford not to. You think I farking want to do it? No. I want to vote with my wallet. I want to support better business practices. I can't afford to pay an extra 20% on my grocery budget to do so.


MONSTER!!! YOU SIR ARE THE EPITOMY OF EVIL!!!

/not really. Shop where you want.
 
2013-08-23 07:18:01 PM
i184.photobucket.com
Its the only way
 
2013-08-23 07:26:26 PM

NostroZ: [funnyasduck.net image 589x629]

I don't care what they buy/sell... I won't step foot into a WalMart... That's for white trash.

[thenutsnet.com image 640x400]


blogs.laweekly.com
 
2013-08-23 07:33:18 PM
Say it ain't so
 
2013-08-23 07:55:59 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: A country in which a baby sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.


So there shouldn't be any in some places (like Columbus, Ohio) where it is perfectly legal for women to walk around topless?
 
2013-08-23 08:33:20 PM
Like I'm going to enable javascipt on the borg-like site of Huffington Post just to see a NSFW picture.

It is easier to GIS "Honi Soit vagina" than wait 5 minutes for HP to deicde what ads it wants to push at me
 
2013-08-23 08:40:11 PM
That comment would have  gone so much better in a different tab
 
2013-08-23 08:47:39 PM
They sell what their customers want, end of story.  And it's not like they run a monopoly.  I can't find a Walmart without a Target and/or Meijer right across the street.  If you don't like one, shop the other.  Pretty farking simple.
 
2013-08-23 09:27:41 PM

Somaticasual: 1) negotiate america down until it's unprofitable


That's how they put Rubbermaid out of business.  Then they waited until the name and tooling was sold to a Chinese company and they started buying from them at half the cost (but didn't change the retail price).
 
2013-08-23 09:28:48 PM

jaytkay: Kuroshin: If you shop at Walmart, you are the problem, not Walmart.

WhyNotBoth?.jpg



Because Walmart is just a business.  It has no power if you don't give it money.  I mean, it really is that simple.  Walmart is powerful for no other reason than people give it power.  It's only the fault of those who shop there.


TopoGigo: Blame me, then. You know why I shop at Walmart? Because I can't afford not to. You think I farking want to do it? No. I want to vote with my wallet. I want to support better business practices. I can't afford to pay an extra 20% on my grocery budget to do so.

I will blame you.  You're full of shiat.  Walmart does not save you 20%.  I've been poor as dirt.  I know what it's like.  I know what things are "worth" when it comes to sustenance.  Walmart is only saving you 2% on most sustenance items at most (and that is very rare).  You feed the beast.  You give them power.  They are only this hideous behemoth because you make them so.  You aren't saving $0.20 on every $1.00 on actual produce and protein.  That's a farking lie.  20% over Whole Foods?  Sure, maybe, I can see that.  But 20% on produce over any other grocery?  Complete and utter BS.  You think there's enough margin on any raw product at *any* grocery store to cut 20% off the top?  I've worked at Fred Meyer (Kroger) and Albertson's, and let me tell you, there isn't 2% to trim on fresh produce, let alone 20%.  You're making excuses for convenience.  I am blaming you.

Kazrath: I shop at walmart on occasion when I specifically want a single or very very rare used specific purpose item.  For example:  I have a 300 dollar Engel ice chest but was doing just an over night trip to the coast with 3 kids (neices / newphew) and needed something to keep like string cheese and some capree suns cold.  The engel is way more efficient but is significantly larger and heavier and just was not needed for this purpose.  So i went and bought a little ice chest that could be carried in the car (instead of the trunk for the engel) so the kids could have snacks while on the road for 4 hours.  So this thing might see use 1 or 2 times a year and will meet this specific need.  Doesn't need to be perfect.

However, nearly all furniture I purchase I try to find a local craftsman and am willing to pay out the arse for quality.  I would rather pay 10X as much for something that lasts 10X as long and is 5X more comfortable to use.  That is a much better value.


But why Walmart?  Why offer them your custom?  Why not some random convenience store?  Almost everywhere sells coolers.  Heck, there are no fewer than three stores within 5 miles of where I'm sitting now that will sell me a small cooler for less than $10.  Even in Bumblefark America, you can get a cooler from almost anywhere that sells beer.

There's no excuse.  Everything hinges upon personal responsibility and personal morals.  Don't like Walmart?  Don't ever shop there.  There is absolutely nothing they offer that you can't get elsewhere, for a couple cents more.  If you shop at Walmart, don't complain about their business practices, because you do so willingly and in full conscience.  You are the one pulling the trigger on those mom and pop stores that are so lamentably turning to dust.  If you are a Walmart shopper, embrace their business practices as your own, because they are.

/interesting side-note, I appear to have a constant typo where instead of "Walmart" I type out "Walkmart"
//dunno why, but it's 100% of the time
 
2013-08-23 09:47:37 PM

skrame: gnosis301: Wal-Mart white knights, ASSEMBLE!!

Here I am*...

FTA: This year, Walmart is back with a new "Buy America" program.  In January, the company announced that it would purchase an additional $50 billion worth of domestic goods over the next decade.  ...  For starters, $50 billion over a decade may sound huge at first, but measured against Walmart's galactic size, it's not.  An additional $5 billion a year amounts to only 1.5 percent of what Walmart currently spends on inventory.

It doesn't matter how the total compares to Walmart's total spending. What matters is that it's $50 billion that wasn't being spent on America goods before.

*just kidding. I dislike Walmart as much as I dislike all the big box stores, meaning I'll still shop there because I need shiat, but I won't enjoy the experience. Except possibly at Target, which is constantly filled with lookers.


You know how I know you didn't RTFA?
 
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