Why I Hate Shopping at Wal-Mart
After years and years of shopping at Wal-Mart, I think I have discovered it is the very reason for all stress in my life. I have made a resolution to avoid the “giant store which sells all things imaginable” if possible. While many of you may have reasons you love the store, I cannot withhold my personal reasons for making my recent decision to avoid the place if at all possible. Here they are:
The Parking Lot
I despise trying to park at Wal-Mart. I feel like I am trying to ride bumper cars and not bump another car. By the time I actually am victorious and win a spot somewhere, I am already so frustrated I don’t even want to shop anymore. Then, I usually almost get ran over trying to cross the drive in front of the store. After all of this, I finally enter the store and the real fun begins.
First of all, they are enormous. Thank you Wal-Mart for contributing to my weekly caloric intake by encouraging me to buy as much as will fit in your gigantic buggy. I am also quite sure that Wal-Mart does not have any baskets that do not squeak, rattle, or stop randomly in some way because of the wheels.
Once the buggy is obtained, the art of trying to weave your way through frantic shoppers begins. Perhaps this is a marketing strategy. They make the aisles just narrow enough for me to have to stop, go, dodge, bump, and curve around others, all in hopes that I will forget what I turned down the aisle for and just happen to notice other products I don’t need, but that look promising
The Great Value Option
There are not many products at Wal-Mart that do not have a Great Value alternative. Why must they force me to make a choice between quality of brands and cost for every product I buy? I wish I didn’t have to eat so I wouldn’t have to come to this place. Don’t make it harder for me.
I would like to conduct a study wherein I compared the noise of a busy Wal-Mart with that of a freight train. I think the decibel level would be close. Screaming children, intercoms, registers beeping, and the voices of somewhere around 500-1000 loud people in general is too much for me.
If you have only 30 minutes to spare in Wal-Mart, I’m sorry, but you will be late to wherever else you need to be. Lines at checkouts are typically about the same length as the freight train mentioned above. I suggest downloading fun games on your IPhone to pass the time.
The Fight to Your Car
Similar to entering the store, the exit of Wal-Mart is often a more daunting task. This time around, we are pushing a basket full of groceries trying to find where we parked, a lost cause. Then, we are faced with trying to find where the buggy goes. Often we can’t so we just stand there looking lost, eventually propping it up on the little island with the tree when no one is looking.
But.... To Each His Own
These are reasons I avoid Wal-Mart. While the store may provide lower prices and more variety than competition, the experience of the visit is not worth the savings to me. Still, to each his own. If you still wish to visit the store, I wish you luck and hope your experience allows you to retain your sanity. I for one cannot find it within myself to do so. Perhaps one day I will gain the courage to make a return visit.
Do you shop at Wal-Mart?
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