Shopping is a chore. Imagine, with small children or restless teens in tow........going here for groceries, here for shoes, here for a water hose, over here for bird seed, across town for an auto battery, over here for a lawnmower wheel, oops, I forgot the paint at the hardware.....gotta go back............
Wal-Mart can, does meet each of these needs and more. One stop shopping......what a concept! A snack bar to entertain the older kids, have my oil changed while I select groceries, meanwhile my daughter is getting her hair cut, my son is making a deposit to his savings account.
They did appear as a retail saviour.........they appeared that way.
Early in my career, I worked for a wholesale industrial supply house. ( think bearings, belts, hoses, power transmission), I met a rep from Goodyear, who had once represented Coleman.
He shared with me the story of how Wal-Mart had so much buying power, that they now dictated to the manufacturer, how much they would pay for coolers. Over a time period, in an effort to make a product for WM, Coleman lessened the wall thickness of the cooler. Years later, my hubby and I actually tore apart several coolers from past years, and concluded this was true.
Stepping up from the garden center into the main store, I once fell.........at least 8 WM employess walked past me. I was not injured, needed no doctor, but was appalled, and asked to speak to management. I was told their employees are " trained" to behave this way........lest they been seen as "liable".
My hubby once joked, that he got paid on Friday, and I made my WM payment on Saturday. No more, not for 3 years.
I will pay for quality and service. Two things you are not likely to get at WM.
People trade all the things you CAN get for what you can't. Small and speciality businesses, such as hardware stores, paint stores, shoe store, auto repairs, grocers, bakeries.......etc........fall by the wayside. They can't afford to sell shoddy goods and services.
WM has mastered one stop shopping. Many, far too many, do not know of the quality they are sacrificing. Quality is worthy of its price.
I can no longer afford to support Wal-Mart.