Do you shop at Walmart?

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I don't shop at Walmart anymore. And I feel guilty that I ever did. After learning how unethical and immoral their business tactics are I have a really difficult time even walking in there. This decision is very new to me and makes quite a difference in the way we shop. I was just wondering if anyone else feels the same way??

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Crystal - posted on 08/19/2010

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We try our best to shop anywhere but Wal-Mart. We aren't hung up on name-brand clothes or anything. We clash with my sister-in-law because she wants only name-brand clothes or things from Wal-mart and we're find getting Fisher Price or Tackle Me from the dollar stores or Kmart for our son. We hit the thrift stores a lot, things like that. We're at the poor end of the totem pole but we find other ways than Wal-mart. We hate them. Too hot, bad lighting, can't find a thing, nasty bathrooms, awful customer service, treat their employees awful, etc. Just no thanks!

Beverly - posted on 08/19/2010

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I'm with Gina, as I am also a loyal Walmart shopper. I almost always find exactly what I need at prices that can't be beat. Occasionally I will shop other stores for certain items, but overall it seems to me that Walmart is tough to beat in terms of convenience and value.

Kirsten - posted on 08/19/2010

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I echo Britney. I have not shopped at Walmart in years because of poor business practice and the lack of equal rights within the company. I am also a large advocate of support local as much as possible. We have hens for eggs, gardens for veg and shop at farmers markets and so on. As far as I am concerned Walmart is obsolete....Target is running a large second.

Karen - posted on 08/19/2010

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Live in a small community not much choice. Have been able to shift a lot of shopping to a wonderful online company. Makes it so much easier with children.

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2010

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i used to work at walmart and they really do not care about there employees at all they are selfish and dont care about anybody but themselves i had a friend who was a pregnant and got threatened to get fired cause she got really sick from it.. however after i quit there i stopped going for the longest time but started going after taking a deep breath and going this is the cheepest place i can go and afford.. the produce defianlty stinks and some of the meat does too. i love there clothes they arent cheapy looking and they are good the only problem i have is i cant find any boy stuff..if i had the money i would go some other place than walmart i dont like the store at all but its cheap..

Maggie - posted on 08/19/2010

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I don't shop at Wal Mart...I also try to avoid all "big box" stores. That includes Target. They all drive small businesses out and keep minimum wages low. If we would all shop locally owned businesses the world would be a better place.
My kids also call it "Ucky WalMart" - even before I found out about their shady business practices and horrible treatment of their employees. It just always seemed dirty to me.

Margaret - posted on 08/19/2010

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I have heard from local Walmart employees that the change is since Sam's death

Michelle - posted on 08/19/2010

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Unfortunately, I still do shop at Walmart from time to time, but a WHOLE lot less than I used to. It's just the atmosphere there that I don't like. The employees are generally not friendly and barely speak to you. Bad customer service. The door "greeters" don't even greet, they just look at you. I make it a point to say hello to them anyway. I used to work at Sam's Club years ago, and this is NOT the culture that Walmart Corporation touted back then. We were supposed to give the best customer service possible and always bend over backwards to ensure a satisfied customer. I guess that's been thrown out the window with higher profits and corporate greed. Seems like they now feel that it just takes low prices to get customers and to heck with customer service. The low prices they have now are only because nearly everything is Made in China. Not only that, the crowd that Walmart attracts is quite ignorant. Many people act rude, and will run you over with their carts. There's just no consideration or manners. I prefer Target. The whole "feel" of the store is different, the cashiers are friendlier and more helpful, and it's just a nicer experience going there.

Cecilia - posted on 08/19/2010

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I am a former employee of walmart and I still shop there. I must say first off, Walmart has not been doing too good since the passing of its owner and founder Sam W. His ethics and business conduct were very good, but since his passing htose who have taken over no longer function WalMart like their Father did and believed. Managers brought in were only there to increase profits and fix issues in problem WalMarts. I have not had bad customer experience but for those of you who have, I would strongly suggest writting to the Corp and voice your concerns. If there are enough complaints, it will force changes in those WalMart stores. WalMart does not like unhappy customers and if they know about it they will take care of it.
I do have to agree that WalMart is going down hill and if they don't, they will be no more. (buyout)

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So I have checked some web sites and other things and I would still shop at wal-mart. What has happened in some stores isn't all the stores first of all, for example, where I live they have better pay and benefits then most places who pay minimum wage with no benifits. What the company does overseas is the same thing many other companies do and have done forever. Just because they are under the spot light doesn't change anything because they will always continue to thrive, for every person that hates them there is10 that love them. And by the way PEOPLE in general are destroying America, Lobbiest, Government, big corparations in general. If you think wal-mart is the first or last to stomp on someones rights you are sadly mistaken.

Dawn - posted on 08/19/2010

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Jamie, thank you for posting this information...I will be checking it out...can you tell me are you doing a cow share...cause here in Indiana it is illegal to buy raw milk...but we are looking at buying a side of beef and it will save us a ton of money on meat...we already know that. I would prefer to give my money to a farmer directly and get better food for my family. I want to find out about making butter from the fat of the raw milk...can you tell me if you do that with yours?

Brenda - posted on 08/19/2010

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Ya I know what you mean I actually buy most of my consumable products from an online manufacturer now and they are delivered right to my door. I know that sounds expensive but it's not, I actually save a lot because I order direct. I chose to switch stores and save money, benefit others, and help the environment all with the click of a mouse. :) If anyone wants to know how I do that let me know I can show you it's easy.

Tiffany - posted on 08/19/2010

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Like that isn't bad enough,my local wal-mart has ended giving cookies to little kids and smiley face stickers at the door, so, so, stingy!

Staci - posted on 08/19/2010

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I have refused to shop at walmart for the past 8 years. I don't really miss it to be quite frank. I, like you, did my homework and found out alot of information that really upset me about their business practices, etc. Some things to check out:
www.wakeupwalmart.com - action group against walmart
www.walmartmovie.com - a movie about walmart - the high cost of low prices
How Walmart is Destroying America and the World and What You Can Do About It. - book by Bill Quinn

Deeana - posted on 08/19/2010

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Boycott walmart. If not our entire country will eventually be overcome by overseas commerce.
Buy local and support America!
Yeah!

LYDIA - posted on 08/19/2010

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I shop at Wal-Mart sometimes, but just recently I found out on Face Book that pretty soon they're gonna be putting some kind of wire in the clothing so that right there made me come to the conclusion that I won't be shopping there anymore. I'm not sure what the wire is for but I will stick to my Target!

Linda - posted on 08/19/2010

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I can't stand Wal Mart and stopped shopping there several years ago when we fianlly got a Target. When I started clipping coupons for our local grocery store (and left WM behind) I found that my grocery bill went down by $50 - $75 per bi-monthly trip! I say "bull" to anyone that claims WM has better prices. On a few things, sure...but for the most part they are higher priced and lower quality. I HATE their clothes...esp the kid's clothes as anything with a picture on it seems to crack and fall off after a few washes. I have 4 boys and want stuff to last so it can be passed down. Target serves me well in that dept as well...and Target has the best clearance of anywhere I've ever shopped. Boo Wal Mart!

Amy - posted on 08/19/2010

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Nope. I do my shopping online at Melaleuca! I love the companies integrity and customer service. All the products are green and when I started my autistic son on their vitamins, even his teacher noticed a huge difference right away. :-)

Chrissy - posted on 08/19/2010

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I don't usually read these things, but I am glad I read all of the posts here! I have been thinking more and more about Wal-Mart shopping myself. I have found that there are other ways to find stuff cheap. I enjoy customer service better at local stores and find second hand stores are good too. I have started my own garden and learned about canning and am learning there's really a lot of stuff we can live with out which lets us save up for the stuff we would value that may cost more somewhere else. Oh just another tid-bit I found out about Wal-Mart is that they also treat the people they buy products from with the same power. For instance they say we will buy this many from you but only if you sell it to us for this price and then they pt huge demanding constraints on the small up and coming company so they can't sell or expand anywhere else. And some of those name brand products have been altered to be sold at Wal-Mart (cheaper). Basically you are not getting what you think you are paying for. However I to each his own to decide where to buy. I do think it's good to be informed and personally believe we should all do more to support our local businesses.

Barbara - posted on 08/19/2010

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being on a tight time frame & budget, Super WM is my only choice overall. not even local stores, groceries, dollar stores can compete with the price & convenience. I do occasionally go to the dollar Tree, but they dont have much to offer. It isnt the greatest place to work for, or even in general, but you gottaa do what you gotta do. ...untill I make more money or a better option comes along....sey la sey la...

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If I could always shop there I would. We live on a very tight budget and the prices there make a very big difference. I can cut my grocery bill in half and clothe my kids with nicer clothes for less money then in the stores right in town where I live. We have 4 kids at home and one my husband pays child support for, any time we can save we do.

Laura - posted on 08/19/2010

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This may be against what everyone on here thinks but I have to say it. I like Wal-Mart. And I like Target too. I know about some of the things that everyone is saying about how Wal-Mart is run but you have to keep in mind alot of other businesses may be ran the same way and you dont know about it. If you dont like the company or the things they have, Dont go there but many other people make the choice if they want to go there or not.

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I have always shopped there for toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and stuff like that. I buy my groceries either at Shop n Save or Dierbergs. I just don't like to pay $2.00 more for toilet paper. I am not aware of any unethical or immoral business practices. But, I don't give ALL of my business to Wal-Mart, because I don't want to drive the other stores out of business either.

Margaret - posted on 08/19/2010

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I actually got kicked out of WalMart almost 5 years ago and have never been back! Not only are their employees rude but many of their customers are as well, or at least they are in my locale. I have found a store online where I can shop, return any item I am unhappy with within 60 days of purchase and get 100% of my money back, no questions asked! Try that at WALMART! I save time and money as well as no more impulse shopping! products are delivered to my door UPS so I save money on gas too! I am very lucky to be Walmart-free!

Angela - posted on 08/19/2010

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Wow! I do most of my shopping at Aldi's and maybe go to Sam's club for bulk items. I go to Walmart if needed, but I agree their clothes are cheap, but the the Kitchenware is okay. I like Publix's except they are expensive, but quality is excellent and great customer service. I tried to get a Job at Walmart 3 different times during the past 10 yrs and at 3 different location, but no one would hire me and I have experience in the field. They hire kids and people with an attitudes and some stores don't have enough of things and not enough varieties.

Esther - posted on 08/19/2010

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I hate walmart just like the rest of you but living on a small town in New York state and that is all they have it makes me sick. I prefer to buy my kids clothes at Old Navy. As for target I think they are winning me over but we have to drive an hour north or 45 minutes east of where we live to go to a target and it makes me sick I want to go back to a bigger town where there is a stinking mall...

Lesa - posted on 08/19/2010

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I have not read ALL of the over 200 replies (at this point), but have read a majority of them, and it does appear that across the board Walmarts across the country are very different. We live in a rural area in the midwest. A supercenter was built a few years ago, and is a pretty good employer of a large number of folks, so that is a positive. On average, most 'workers' do not get hired on at full time hours, usually just the management; thus not having to pay benefits, etc.

From a local experience, Walmart has pretty much shut down 80% of our local businesses; we used to have clothing stores, shoe stores, electronics, three grocery stores, garden shop, and whatever else. All of that has closed...we do have one other grocery store that has remained open as it is on the other side of the community, so a lot of people use it for the quick in and out items. Yes, Walmart has the lower prices, that's for sure.

Something to think about, especially for your smaller communities....who supports your local schools? Yes, Walmart will give $1,000 grants once a year or give $500 for this or that. Who buys the yearbook ads, sponsors the football or basketball games on the radio, donate items to the school auction or other fund raiser, put signs up for free community event promotion (Walmart considers it 'solicitation' and won't put them up), etc. Your mom and pops are the ones hit up time and time again, and have the smallest profit margin (in general) to handle it.

Do I shop at Walmart? Yes....if I didn't I would have to drive at least 75 miles one way for baby formula or diapers, would not be able to clothe or shoe my child, could not have most of the school supplies required for the start of school, and so forth. I do it out of necessity....much of which was created due to an almost monopoly effect. Small businesses CANNOT compete (sometimes due to their own fault, granted; and sometimes just because they ARE a small business).

Just some of my thoughts.....

Amy - posted on 08/19/2010

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thanks jamie i do that already and the food is ten times better that what they put out at wal mart. the farmer's market rocks!

Renee - posted on 08/19/2010

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Jamie, like I said my kids have a VERY restrictive diet. We drink almond milk, no beef, no pork, and the rest is mostly raw vegitables and fruits. They can't drink any casein or dairy, it cuts out raw or soy, trust me we have tried it all. So 3/lb on beef doesn't make a difference to me! Also, it depends on where you live, in upstate NY we have lots of options for local growers, but where we live now, no such thing exits because of laws and regulations on the local growers, and a massive outbreak of bad raw milks and ecoli in meets dirtect from the farmer. So when you do find sunflower markets and suck, the prices are SOOOO high, and everything is already so expensive here compared to other places we live. and My husband doesn get a pay increase just cuz the army moved us to a more expensive town!

As for thrift stores, ever place we lived before now, we did lots of thrift store shopping, but again, here the prices are higher. Even at Goodwill here the prices are barely dscounted from retail price, so walmart is the only affordable place for groceries and clothes. There are some things we buy at other places, but only because no where else offers it, like lamb, no one carries lamb here, and it is one of the only red meats my kids can tolerate!

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We get our food from farmers locally and our clothes from the thrift store (you'd be surprised at what people give away). Once in a while I'll buy clothes during clearance times at Target since their CEO is being attacked for his Christian views. I like to vote with my dollar so I never go to WalMart, I believe in Local, sustainable, commerce and food centers. Our meat is $3/POUND, check out the steak per pound prices next time in WM (strip and filet!) and you'll see I am paying 1/5 of what you guys are at WM. Our meat budget is $75/month because of this. Our milk is raw straight from the farmer, eggs and cheese from the same farmer. our produce is grown here or bought from the farmer that lives 5 farms down and practices good "beyond organic" growing methods. Go on localharvest.org and eatwild.org to find a farmer near you. And read ALL of Joel Salatin's books. It's cheaper (esp in the long run with cancer) and helpful in the extreme to buy direct from the farm in your local area.

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2010

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I am a former ebay seller, I sell mostly my kids toys and clothing that they've outgrown. This has helped me stay a stay at home mom. Recently ebay did a fee restructuring that meant higher fees. With this change, and selling my stuff online dirt cheap, I found that I was paying them about 30% of my sales. This was just unacceptable to me for all the time and work I put into it. I began searching for alternative market places, and I found Bonanzle.com. It's a totally new way to sell online. There's features like IM in all booths, and you can use Google checkout, which broadens your customer base. You can see my "booth" (store) at : http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/KID_CRA_Z...
I'm also on Facebook, you can search "kid-cra-zee" and like my page to see new items and get the first dibs on sales!

Amy - posted on 08/19/2010

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i understand what you are saying renee, but i just feel as though wal-mart let me down. i used to like it alot so when i saw they were hiring i jumped at the chance. i was young, and just out of highschool and needed a good job and in our town, the only good employer was wal-mart. its just was not what i expected.

Renee - posted on 08/19/2010

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I really don't think it is fair for you to all bash walmart and make large scale generalities. Just like one McDonald's management team can suck, and another be great, it is the same with Walmart. I am an AVID walmart shopper, first, its affordable, and my husband is a soldier, so he makes basically nothing, and with 2 kids on a very restrictive diet, Walmart gives us the option of buying clothes for our kids. If we paid more somewhere else, we wouldn't be able to afford clothes. I know the quality isn't the greatest, but it is affordable, and with as fast as they grow, it works for us. As for the whole disgruntled employees...get over yourselves, plenty of people have bad employers, but they still go to work. And not all walmarts are a bad experience, my bother in law, indianapolis, and my uncle in upstate new york, both work at walmart, and they very much enjoy it. So be careful about making assumptions and generalities of ALL walmarts. Walmart started out just going to small town to bring employment and life back to a town. My hometown of Lebanon, OR never would have survived economically if walmart hadn't of shown up and employed so many after all the factories and plants shut down all at once. Don't get me wrong, my parent's own their own business in portland Oregon, and it is horrible how walmart can offer the same product for BELLOW what my parents pay cost, but that is the difference between small shops and large corporations. Walmart employees thousands, my parents employ no one but themselves! So economically, walmart boosts the economy more. And for those of us who can't afford to live because the salary is too small, walmar saves us! (im not complaining about my husband's job, we serve our country because of duty and loyalty, not because of the money, I'm just trying to make a point that walmart isn't all bad)



And for all of you out there who can just afford to quit a job cuz they don't like it...Good for you, in this economy that either sound dumb to me, or like you have somebody to take care of you! And if it's the latter, and you do have security of someone taking care of you, then all I have to say, it wow, wouldn't it be nice to be as spoiled at you are!



And as I pointed out before, walmart is mostly in small towns and suburbs, so the medium income is already lower, so it makes sense that the employees are paid less, Targets are in major towns, so the employment rates are higher. I know that Walmart has a habit of cutting employees off at about 18 hours so they don't have to pay them benefits, but wake up people...how in the name of all that is good do you think they keep their prices so cheap? They keep costs down. That may not be the solution of all corporations, but their mission is to deliver services and products at a cheaper price. So for them, it is imperative to keep costs down.



And one last point, every place I have lived the walmart produce department had a contract with local farmers, so the produce was not only cheaper, but better quality than say safeway or other grocery stores, where they have to ship the produce in. I'm sure that not all walmarts have good quality produce, but my point in all of this is to point out that not all walmarts are hideous beasts!

Amy - posted on 08/19/2010

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i worked at wal-mart too. i was sexually harassed everyday by my male counterpart. I was working in the Deli dept. but if the shelves in other depts got too messy they would call me out to help clean up especially around the holidays. They still have not paid me back wages for the overtime they owe me. they suck they just suck. dont go in there if you dont have too. women employees are treated like dirt!

Dawn - posted on 08/19/2010

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Shelly...you took that the wrong way...I was not repremanding...only trying to encourage you and other's reading this to be very watchful. I have made my mistakes too as a parent...there are no perfect parents. And luckily, they weren't hurt from my mistakes. My only point was to show that you can't blame a company. That would be an oversite of that stores immediate management. We, as parents, have to be the eyes in all situations...and if you are a first time parent...you will learn with the first, and not make the same mistakes twice...please forgive me if you took that as me abusing your parenting skills...I don't know you, have never seen how you are as a parent...I would never do that...just encourage you to be watchful is all. They are to precious to take any chances with. I've been at this for a lot of years...and am now doing foster care too. We sometimes do things without thinking there could be a risk...that takes time and experience to learn what to watch for. Just remember, anytime you put your child in something, whether a cart at the store, a ride at an amusement park...just be watchful. When my youngest was little...I would lay him on my bed to change him...there was no problem with this until he started crawling...I never thought anything of it...but he could dart fast on his knees...lol...he moved so fast one time, he went right over the edge of the bed on the other side...scared me to death. You would think he had learned his lesson, and me too, but I did it again and he did the exact same thing...this became a habit for him...my husband would yell at me when I set him on the bed...but he only did it when you were going to change him...lol. So, no more changing diapers on the bed...lol.

Carmela - posted on 08/19/2010

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"I hope you never try to work at another Wal-Mart.

Hehe Like it is your life's dream .

Anna - posted on 08/19/2010

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My friend works at Walmart & has expressed frustration at some of their policies, but she still works there. I wish I didn't have to shop there, but Walmart prices are sometimes hard to beat & when money is such a huge issue, we have to save whatever we can. My husband doesn't want me to ever tell his family we bought anything there. Would be nice to afford to shop elsewhere, but what do you do?

Renae - posted on 08/19/2010

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I guess after reading everyone's comments all Wal-Marts must be different. Mu husband works for Wal-Mart and yes there are days that he hates it but I'm sure everyone has bad days at work. The stories that he has told me about how his Wal-Mart has helped some of his co-workers was actually shocking. They bought a lady that was having financial trouble new tires for her vehicle, helped families at Thanksgiving and Christmas with food for their families. Don't get me wrong I shop at other places also but Wal-Marts prices are cheaper then alot of other places. And it pays the bills!!

Rebecca - posted on 08/19/2010

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I choose not to shop Walmart since they are an unethical company! When I was younger and used to shop there I always left the store feeling gross due to appearance of the store and attitude of the employees. I just always felt like they didn't give a sh*t. Like others, I prefer to shop Target or local stores for my goods and services. Glad others feel the same way as me!!!

Alicia - posted on 08/19/2010

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I can't stand Walmart. I avoid it at all cost. I dislike the layout of the store, they have poor customer service, and it is loud in there. It is not a pleasant experience. I prefer local stores or Target.

Sara - posted on 08/19/2010

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My daughter currently works at walmart and my son used to work at walmart.. what is the unethical and immore business tactics they are using? I would like to know because I am an avid walmart shopper

Kim - posted on 08/19/2010

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u know what britney, some times walmart employees wreck it for us as shoppers because there not willing to help or we just get upset because of no help. i don't shop there unless there is amazing deals.

Amanda - posted on 08/18/2010

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I work at Wal-Mart and as far as how they treat their employees, I can't say that I have experienced anthing bad first hand. They are more than willing to work around my school schedule, anytime I have a family gathering or something to do with my kids. If I have to leave in the middle of a shift for one of my kids, its not a problem.

No, the wages aren't the best, but I knew that going in and that was a choice that I made. But they do have perks that I can tell you the company I previously worked for didn't. Every 3 months we get a bonus if the store makes profit. I have had bonuses as large as $250.00, didn't get that at my previous job. And I do also get a discount.

I do a lot of my shopping at Wal-Mart, but I do also shop at Giant Eagle too. I just watch the ads and go for the best deal. But most of my household products do come from Wal-Mart.

Dana - posted on 08/18/2010

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Well, I find this interesting. I've been in Oregon for two years and came from Tucson. While in Tucson, Walmart was constantly blasted for its practices and I had heard and read that they had changed them; they even posted a full page ad in the paper saying this. I know one employee here and she actually likes them, but now I'm reading how many know or are someone employed there and it doesn't sound like it has changed :( very sad.

I will be reconsidering the little I do shop there due to this and general lack of satisfaction at the store. Their prices are not as low as their image portrays (or tries to). I find most of the time when I go there thinking it will be cheaper that it ends up more expensive.

Megan - posted on 08/18/2010

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Unfortunately, I've had to start recently. :-( I used to avoid that store like the plague (I'm a proud Target shopper), but they have the absolute best price on the generic brand baby Tylenol that I have to make a trip over there to stock up. I try to go in and out quickly though, since I can't stand shopping through their cluttered aisles.

Karin - posted on 08/18/2010

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My mom grew up with that family, and let's just say from her stories, I was never a fan in the first place. We like to shop at Tar-jeh! ;D

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