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    ...that when I go food shopping (usually, on a Monday, while my wife's aide is here), I have to visit 3 different supermarkets to get the items I want.

    The real piss-off is that two of those supermarkets are from the very same chain... but don't necessarily stock the same stuff. For example, one of them has the special gluten-free rolls my wife likes... but doesn't have the in-store-made chicken salad that I like.

    It used to be FOUR supermarkets, until the special gluten-free lasagna noodles became available on Amazon.
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    Why can’t Walmart carry the decent cheap canned olives they used to carry before the pandemic but now all they have is their own brand and another that taste like wet nothing. Or wet nothing gone bad.

    Methinks we’re in a new normal.

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    eff walmart
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    and costco, lest you think i'm buying an elitist snob
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    There a half dozen supermarkets close by. From costco to safeway to whole foods to food coops.

    What a blessing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    eff walmart
    hey, there’s only so many things you can eff off before becoming a fossilized old phart. I like it. It’s like going to the community well. You get to see other people. What kind of tires they still have on their vehicles and who put new tires on old vehicles.. Who is selling kittens and rabbits on the grass strip between Wmart and TractorSupply. Then of course all the goods available or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    There a half dozen supermarkets close by. From costco to safeway to whole foods to food coops.

    What a blessing.
    City living is nice.
    Life is complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    hey, there’s only so many things you can eff off before becoming a fossilized old phart. I like it. It’s like going to the community well. You get to see other people. What kind of tires they still have on their vehicles and who put new tires on old vehicles.. Who is selling kittens and rabbits on the grass strip between Wmart and TractorSupply. Then of course all the goods available or not.
    For years now I've been commenting that there is often a distinct difference between urban Walmarts and rural Walmarts. I occasionally go to a particular rural Walmart. Service there is first class, employees smile and greet you, they're willing to walk dozens of aisles to show you where something is, they will check inventory for you, and they appear to like their jobs. The customers there tend to be reasonable too.

    On the other hand, I've been to urban Walmarts that have horrible employees, sullen and evasive, resentful of customers and unhappy to have a job, and the urban customers are not the nicest either. Of course I'm not a status brand whore, so I take Walmart at my occasional convenience, and I appreciate value for dollar spent,

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    Walmart has the highest number of employees on federal assistance of any corporation. McDonalds is right there.

    Both could afford to pay real wages, but… profits!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wright View Post
    For years now I've been commenting that there is often a distinct difference between urban Walmarts and rural Walmarts. I occasionally go to a particular rural Walmart. Service there is first class, employees smile and greet you, they're willing to walk dozens of aisles to show you where something is, they will check inventory for you, and they appear to like their jobs. The customers there tend to be reasonable too.

    On the other hand, I've been to urban Walmarts that have horrible employees, sullen and evasive, resentful of customers and unhappy to have a job, and the urban customers are not the nicest either. Of course I'm not a status brand whore, so I take Walmart at my occasional convenience, and I appreciate value for dollar spent,
    This town went through a classic decline and hollowing out when a few nearby industries evaporated in the 80’s with Wmart replacing many of the four block downtown businesses. I don’t begrudge Wmart here. The new Burger King is really struggling to get employees.

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    Why is it that my Stop 'n' Rob has not been able to get Ocean Spray red grapefruit juice for 4 months, but the corner mom 'n' pop has it, as well as the somewhat more upscale market that all the Woods-Holier-Than-Thous go to?

    Why is it that my Stop 'n' Rob has a gas point program, but Hannaford, owned by the same company (Ahold) does not, so when I travel in VT, NH and ME I cannot acquire points and cannot use the ones I have?

    Why is it that the local Shaws in Warren, VT, has receipt headers that say Hannaford? Is the local Shaws in Falmouth, MA also owned by Ahold?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Why is it that my Stop 'n' Rob has not been able to get Ocean Spray red grapefruit juice for 4 months, but the corner mom 'n' pop has it, as well as the somewhat more upscale market that all the Woods-Holier-Than-Thous go to?
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    You have three supermarkets to choose from? The closest supermarket is an hour round trip from here and this time of year it is packed with tourists and often pretty picked over. I shop once every three weeks or so and buy milk between trips at the local IGA, which is 25-40% more expensive than the supermarket and has a MUCH smaller selection. The only thing I can get for a decent price locally is lobster ($5 a pound), but you get tired of lobster after a while.

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    I like Walmart. I can pick up groceries, fishing tackle, new underwear, grass seed, a phone charger and engine oil filters all in the same store. And, its open late seven days a week.

    I do have main street stores at my disposal a mile away, including butcher, farmstand/ green grocer, seafood, tackle shop, hardware. Supermarket is five miles away. Walmart is 9 miles away. But it is open at night. And, again, one stop shopping.

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    When we lived in Auckland, NZ, without a car, I would shop as I walked from downtown back to our flat in Grafton.

    There was a fishmonger, a veg and fruit shop, a deli, a dairy, and a liquor and wine shop. I'd imagine our next day's meals as I went, very enjoyable. I also liked chatting with the shopkeepers.

    For bulk stock-ups, I'd tramp the other direction, to the Woolworth's in Newmarket, with a backpack.

    These days, shopping seems more like a siege than a pleasure.

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    I am usually okey with one supermarket and one local farm market where we get most our fruits and veggies from.
    Sears is the closest to us and I can find most of the things there. If something is missing I can always discuss that with the customer service on this website. Usually they are very friendly and helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wright View Post
    For years now I've been commenting that there is often a distinct difference between urban Walmarts and rural Walmarts. I occasionally go to a particular rural Walmart. Service there is first class, employees smile and greet you, they're willing to walk dozens of aisles to show you where something is, they will check inventory for you, and they appear to like their jobs. The customers there tend to be reasonable too.

    On the other hand, I've been to urban Walmarts that have horrible employees, sullen and evasive, resentful of customers and unhappy to have a job, and the urban customers are not the nicest either. Of course I'm not a status brand whore, so I take Walmart at my occasional convenience, and I appreciate value for dollar spent,
    *Shortly after Katrina, the Walmart in the Bay (Bay St Louis), serving a mostly poor demographic, had higher prices on identical items than the Walmart over the bridge in the Pass (Pass Christian), which served a far more upscale, financially able demographic.

    Eff Walmart.

    Eff predatory Capitalism.

    Hell, Eff Capitalism.

    *that was the only time period I had reason to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Walmart has the highest number of employees on federal assistance of any corporation. McDonalds is right there.

    Both could afford to pay real wages, but… profits!
    Yes, I will always eschew their stores as long as they have this business model. I'd urge everyone to join me, if you reasonably can.
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    I am proud to say that I have only shopped at Walmart once in my life. I did that one time, reluctantly. We were on a road trip in a large, and still unfamiliar, rented RV and we needed a second key made for it. (The rental place only provides one key... What if it got lost???) Walmart was next door to the grocery store, so I went there, got one key made, and left.

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    Norman, I'm north of you as you know. We have 3 chains here and I use them all, but not every week.

    Shaw's is the most expensive, but they have the best bakery and wine selection and maybe the best freezers. Their prepared cold salads are good and varied, but their hot bar is nearly nonexistent and their sushi isn't very good.

    Hannaford is mid-priced and where I go most of the time. Their produce is excellent (although I got some bum corn two weeks ago) and they have the best sausages. They have most of what we like and a good cheese selection.

    Market Basket is the cheapest and they carry a bunch of things I can't get at the other places. However, their cheese and a number of other things are not worth getting.

    It doesn't make sense, but that's what it is.
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    Seattle has no Walmarts by design. However Costco is known for paying and treating their employees very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Why is it that my Stop 'n' Rob has not been able to get Ocean Spray red grapefruit juice for 4 months, but the corner mom 'n' pop has it, as well as the somewhat more upscale market that all the Woods-Holier-Than-Thous go to?

    Why is it that my Stop 'n' Rob has a gas point program, but Hannaford, owned by the same company (Ahold) does not, so when I travel in VT, NH and ME I cannot acquire points and cannot use the ones I have?

    Why is it that the local Shaws in Warren, VT, has receipt headers that say Hannaford? Is the local Shaws in Falmouth, MA also owned by Ahold?

    Though it's in Waitsfield, not Warren, I've not seen "Hannafords" on their receipts. You should be shopping at the local market Mehurons (across the street in the shopping center) anyway...

    As far as ownership goes, it changes about daily - so who can keep track?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    I am proud to say that I have only shopped at Walmart once in my life. I did that one time, reluctantly. We were on a road trip in a large, and still unfamiliar, rented RV and we needed a second key made for it. (The rental place only provides one key... What if it got lost???) Walmart was next door to the grocery store, so I went there, got one key made, and left.

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    Thats one more time than me. I will never cross the threshold of a Wallmart. After having been forced to shop at Costco by a former girlfriend I will not return there either; their fault not her's....

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    Ok, I’m off to Wmart. I’ll report back if anything interesting happens.

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    I work for ASDA, in the UK. Apparently this company is wholly owned by Walmart.

    Here, too-cheap pay is topped up by government income credits to ensure that workers get (at least) the minimum wage. Which means (I suppose) that taxpayers in the UK, via the government, are supporting corporate profits for a trans-national corporation.

    But surely that's wrong?!

    Would It Not Be Better (!) if the government, who we elect, run a Nationalised chain of supermarkets, who both pay 'enough', have the benefits of scale to minimise costs, and be there to provide for the essentials for everybody?

    ...but then that's Socialism, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Ok, I’m off to Wmart. I’ll report back if anything interesting happens.

    You should go earlier. Get there before the deli section opens and you might be able to get one of yesterday's barbeque chickens for four bucks.

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    ok, didn’t see anyone wearing a pistol. Got what I needed.

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    Doesn't everybody have a Trader Joe's and a Kroger's store two blocks away? And a drug store that sells groceries, milk, beer, wine and liquor? And four restaurants, three bars, two clothing stores and a dry cleaners? Of course, we have to go five blocks to get Indian or Mexican food, although the Thai restaurant is next to the drug store. Only six marinas and yacht clubs within walking distance. You have to go a half a mile to play golf or chase foxes on your horse. That's life in the big city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    Would It Not Be Better (!) if the government, who we elect, run a Nationalised chain of supermarkets, who both pay 'enough', have the benefits of scale to minimise costs, and be there to provide for the essentials for everybody?
    I am in favor of that as long as prices are set according to ability to pay.

    ...but then that's Socialism, I guess.
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    First off never go shopping on Monday.

    The shelves may not have been restocked over the weekend rush.
    No fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, chicken beef were delivered over the weekend.
    I like to go on Thursday or Friday.

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    I can get limp broccoli and slimy mushrooms any day of the week at our Wmart. And if you time it right you can get half dead trees at half price.

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    Within 20 kilometres of home are thousands of acres of greenhouses growing tomatoes yet all the tomatoes in the grocery stores are from Mexico, it seems most of the local production is destined for export to the USA. On the plus side there’s loads of road side stands selling slightly misshapen produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Though it's in Waitsfield, not Warren, I've not seen "Hannafords" on their receipts. You should be shopping at the local market Mehurons (across the street in the shopping center) anyway...
    I'll check it out next month. There's also a nice gourmet shop at the ski resort.

    Have you tried the frozen fish place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    I'll check it out next month. There's also a nice gourmet shop at the ski resort.

    Have you tried the frozen fish place?
    Great! Nice people there & 100% local. No, I haven't tried the fish place - I don't get to the valley as often now that I've moved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    eff walmart

    Rather negative for such a fine retailer.........


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