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Old 12-24-2005, 12:19 AM   #16
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sorry tre. Not wal-mart specifically but a lot of the places my dad's worked at over the past few years have screwed us out of health insurance.

I guess what I'm saying is...
1. For them to change their policies, people would have to stop shopping there in large numbers.
2. As long as they have such low prices, people are going to continue to shop there in large numbers.

that's sucks about your health insurance too

i know it's not a big deal to them but if i shop there then i'd be giving them money, maybe not much but (to overuse a cliche) "every little bit helps" i can only hope people on a wide scale stop shopping there, I can be 100% sure I don't shop there.


and i'm not mad at you
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i rarely shop there

and have been thinking of going to their competitors

but, i believe if their business went down 10-15 %
they might just take more away from their employees
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:26 PM   #18
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i rarely shop there

and have been thinking of going to their competitors

but, i believe if their business went down 10-15 %
they might just take more away from their employees
i'd say go to the competitors myabe they'd take more away from the employees if the profits dipped that much but who knows what they'd do
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yeah but are thier competitors any better?
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yeah but are thier competitors any better?
who do you consider their competitors?
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:00 PM   #21
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:04 PM   #22
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I wonder about target...there is a new super target in the area. has a pizza hut AND a starbucks!



the prices are very reasonable, I don't know exactly how big of a price difference there is or how they treat their employees.
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Whatever happend to the small shops, those are far more fun than those consume temple`s .
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Target treats thier employees like total crap

<---ex employee when I lived near Boston

they are SO unbelievable! if you have a disagreement with them I quit after 1 week it was such an insanely stupid place to be.
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Whatever happend to the small shops, those are far more fun than those consume temple`s .
thats a huge issue in my state..Vermont. I think we have 2 walmarts in the whole state. THey wanted to build on near here...but the people fought it so much they never did.

Vermont is always battling walmart...
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Whatever happend to the small shops, those are far more fun than those consume temple`s .
Sometimes I wonder if it's all kind of tied into the minimum wage and cost of living these days. 50 years ago, people made a lot less money, but relative to the cost of good and cost of living, they were better off. 50 years ago, you could actually save enough money to pay for a car or college education in cash. Now, the minimum wage is only 5.15 and hr while the cost of living in the US has gone up exponentially. As a college student who's already $50,000 in debt b/c of a $20,000/yr education, I simply can't afford to make the choice to pay slightly more to shop and the smaller local shops than places like Walmart or Target.

In Grand Rapids (second biggest city in Michigan) we don't have a single Walmart. There's a Sam's Club, but that;s different b/c you have to pay for membership, and there's a few Walmarts out in the 'burbs, but we have a local chain called Meijer. It started as a smaller local grocery and now they're in Michian, Indiana and maybe even Ohion and Illinois. It's a huge grocery store w/ everything, like Walmart and Target, but has better produce and even though it's big and is turning into a bigger chain, the owner known locally for giving a LOT to charity and philanthropic things (but not requiring his name to be put on everything like the De Vos' and Van Andels).
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i always shop at target, their products are far better quality than walmart & everything's not from china



ans yes the small shops are great!
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Target can't be any better. When I was going to college, I applied there for a part time job and I was turned down at the interview. It was explained to me that my hours weren't flexible enough for them. I couldn't work mornings and Sundays. Everything else was open. And, I have retaill experiance, some directly in a customer service department, and some spent in a managerial position.

Anyone who has ever worked retail can tell that's a bad sign. And the Targets in my area have an extremely high turnover, most of the employees can usually be found being loud, rude and surrounded by what I can only assume are their friends.

Wal-Mart isn't the only place of it's kind. It is pretty much like every other retail store. Cheaper labor means higher profits. It just happens to be carrying the high profile right now.
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Whatever happend to the small shops, those are far more fun than those consume temple`s .
I like small shops, too. .

But, smaller shops tend to carry higher quality items that not everyone can afford or are just not willing to pay for.

And convenience seems to mean everything in America. Small shops simply can't compete with places that can stay open 24 hours a day.
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I cannot STAND Wal Mart. That Sam dude lied saying everything was made in the USA. I don't like K-Mart either. I prefer Target. I don't go to big Malls because people just get so stupid in them in crowds and walking around like zombies. I prefer smaller shops....drive up, park in front, get what I need and get the hell out! Or mail order. Amazon.com rules!
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