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An urban liberal visits evil, evil Walmart, and likes it.
Wal-Mart has been losing money, for the most part, for several years. While its one-stop shopping may be a winner in rural areas where a town of 50,000 is 50-100 miles away, in urban areas it has to compete with discount specialists.
I live a short distance from a Wal-Mart. I can get a better selection of clothes at good prices at a discount clothing store near Wal-Mart. I have purchased socks, underwear, and blue jeans from Wal-Mart- though I purchase athletic socks from the nearby discount clothing retailer, as they last much longer. Wal-Mart's $10 jeans are hard to beat.
For groceries, I can pick and choose. Wal-Mart has better canned goods and dry goods prices. Produce is generally cheaper and better elsewhere. Meat is cheaper elsewhere.
For electronics, there is a nearby discount electronics store which has a much better selection than Wal-Mart, at competitive prices. If I lived in a rural area, the choice for electronics would be Wal-Mart and Amazon.
As the linked article points out, a big reason for libs' rancor towards Wal-Mart is that so many declasse people shop there. Not our kind of people, sniff the libs.
I skimmed the article, and it seems that his impressions are more related to the "newness' of the store than the name on the front of it --
- everything is in stock and in its proper place
- the staff "A-team" have been put in place to run things until it is self sustaining
- all of the not-helicoptered-in staff are brand-new, and therfore keen to be seen as attentive to their work.
The liberal college town 15 miles from me finally has a Walmart. They tried to stop it but somehow it was built. So they passed a law; no plastic bags and paper bags cost $.05 each. I didn't know this but the law specified only big box stores based on floor space. So it unintentionally included the WINCO store which the liberals like (or at least don't hate). So what do you do with a basket full of groceries and no bags to check out? SO instead I go to the WINCO 18 miles away. But then I discovered that the "natural" grocery stores in the liberal town didn't have to comply (thats when I discovered the law had been tailored to cover the big box Walmart and inadvertently snared the WINCO). Crazy left wing hypocrisy hidden behind a green cover story. I guess the plastic bags from Walmart are a danger to the environment but not the plastic bags from the "approved" stores.