Gut Rumbles

January 24, 2006

i am a heartless bastard

I confess: I shop a LOT at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart has a nice Superstore just a few miles from my house and I frequently go there for all kinds of stuff. My computer came from Wal-Mart. So did my lawn mower, most of my clothes, my small appliances, my towels, my kitchen utensils and even my toilet paper. If Wal-Mart sold guitars, I probably would buy my next one there if my friend Willy couldn't beat the price.

It's all about how much money it costs ME. I don't care how many Mom & Pop businesses I drive into bankruptcy by shopping at Wal-Mart. I don't give a shit how many jobs disappear here and end up in China, either, as long I as get a good deal on crew socks. I'm just a selfish bastard.

So are MOST people. That's why Wal-Mart is so successful. They're a big, greedy company catering to little, greedy people. That's why I don't like all the pissing and moaning about how evil and heartless Wal-Mart is. What it all amounts to is a big leftist whine that "It ain't fair!" because Wal-Mart is the best at what it does. It sells what YOU want for the lowest price around.

If a few, or even MANY other businesses are trampled in the stampede of customers to Wal-Mart, that's just tough shit. It's called "corporate evolution." It ain't supposed to be fair."

Hell, we'd still be making buggy whips and manual typewriters if some of these anti-Wal-Mart Luddites had their way. Reality frightens them, especially when Reality starts separating winners from losers. The business world is a harsh environment, and when you run with the Tall Dogs, you'd better stay a step ahead or you'll be a step behind. Them's the sad facts.

I don't care how you "feel" about it. I don't care whether you think it's "fair" or not. It's reality; embrace it.

If you fear and loathe Wal-Mart, stop bitching about it and DO something. Stop shopping there. Go pay higher prices somewhere else for the good of society. Strike a blow for Mom & Pop. If enough people boycott the place, Wal-Mart will be FORCED to change, and we don't need government involved. The Will of the People can speak for itself.

Some might say it already has.


Agreed. Survival of the fittest. Wal-Mart didn't start out huge. But people liked what they offered and they grew and grew. I doubt liberals shop there so there always will be loser stores in existence for them. Or they shop there and lie. Bet that's where most union members go, too.

Posted by: Chris on January 24, 2006 12:32 PM

Damn skippy, A-man!
I can't count the number of things in my house that come from Costco. And a good moss-backed conservative friend of mine refuses to shop there because they support all sorts of liberal causes. What do I care as long as I get high quality goods at the best price imaginable?

Posted by: BlogDog on January 24, 2006 12:40 PM

I buy my shit from the people that give me the best deal, the rest either didn't want my buisness or didn't give a shit. I wish Walmart sold cars so all those thieving bastards would go broke.

Posted by: jamesoldguy on January 24, 2006 12:41 PM

heck yeah - this is America and Walmart is the best example of capitalism at it's best! I always said that Walmart actually raised the standard of living for people in this country... How do the Walmart-haters think poor people are able to have color tvs, Play Stations, microwaves, DVD players, stereos, and kids toys to boot? WALMART makes it affordable. "Poor" people in our country live like freakin sheiks!

Posted by: Danielle on January 24, 2006 12:44 PM

The part about Walmart that I don't like isn't the driving of mom & pop businesses out of business through price and selection. That is part of the normal cycle of the business world, remember, once KMart was king, and much of the same claims were made about it that are now being leveled at Walmart. Eventually, the cycle will turn, and a new company will beat Walmart. What I don't like however is Walmarts current tendency to use emminent domain seizures to locate their stores on prime real estate. If they don't want to meet the current owners price on the land, tough cookies, don't build a new store there. The use of forceable seizure of the land is pathetic and wrong.

Posted by: Mythilt on January 24, 2006 12:46 PM

I have heard nearly those exact words before, many times, from Jason's mouth. It's almost scary.

I think Wal-mart sucks. But not becasue of how evil they are for putting mom and pop general store out of business. No, they suck because they have 2 cashiers working at any given time and I hate to stand in line with 40 other people. They suck because their self check out macine tries to think for you and mandates when you shall remove an item from the bagging area. I also hate Wal-mart because I don't like to stop for the damn receipt police. I bought. It's mine. Leave me alone. I hate Wal-mart because they tore down the drive through screen at the Montgomery Crossroads location. I hate Wal-mart because they leave little dead fish in their aquariums. A good day for me is one that does not include Wal-mart, of Jason's mouth when he returns from Wal-mart and brags that he saved 1.532 cents per can of yogurt.

Posted by: Renee on January 24, 2006 01:33 PM

I love Wal-Mart for many of the reasons you have just listed..and one-stop shopping. How lovely to know that I can get my groceries and anything else I need right there...AND at a price I can afford. What is the big deal? Maybe I'm a selfish bitch too, but I'm glad they are catering to that. And it's not like I've ever been treated badly in a Wal-Mart, either...I've always been treated great.

Posted by: Kelly on January 24, 2006 01:35 PM

I read somewhere about a town that was proposing an offer for WalMart to build a store in their downtown area. Offered to raze a square block for the store and another for parking. It seemed their downtown was so dead that there was nothing left for WalMart to put out of business and some tag along businesses might spring up if WalMart moved in. I wish I'd kept that article so I could follow up.

Posted by: Dishonorable Schoolboy on January 24, 2006 02:14 PM

I hate Wal-Mart, but not because of the store -- the customers here. There's ALWAYS two fat ladies walking side by side taking up an aisle, or four black women with a buggy and three loose children each chatting while the children run around, or the white lady with four kids, all running in different directions... or the two old farts talking with their buggy's making an L shape cutting off any chance of getting by them.

But I STILL shop there because I am a cheap bastard. If I had a billion dollars I'd pay someone else to shop at Wal-Mart for me so I could avoid the hassle.

I just wish they'd hire more cashiers so I could get out of there sooner. I hate shopping in general, and want to get it over with as soon as possible.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on January 24, 2006 02:53 PM

I agree with most of your post, however I do Wal-Mart very seldom. Mostly because they sell shit. You THINK you're getting the same thing cheaper but you're not.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Wally World is that they "create" jobs. Statistically speaking they create about as many jobs as they eliminate. The difference is that the jobs they "create" pay less then the ones that are eliminated. The Wally World business model is good for the short term for share holders but but in the long term overall economy it's doubtful.

Also, at least around here, their stores are filthy. I've seen new stores go up and within six months they're filthy. I've never seen so many mullets, half-shirts, beat up old camaros, and missing teeth as when I go into a Wal-Mart. But if you go into the Target across the street it's actually clean and you don't see as many people who look like thier mother is their sisiter.

Just a personal observation.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on January 24, 2006 02:57 PM

Well, yeah... you are an opinionated asshole. Now... what was that about Walmart? Oh... who gives a fuck.


Posted by: Bob Baird on January 24, 2006 03:15 PM

I shop at wally world a lot. A lot of my food comes from there. But if you really want to see weird, go there around three in the morning. That's when all the freaks come out. Since I work 3rd shift, that's when I do a lot of my shopping on the weekend. Fat ladies? Yeah but walking around in pj's, housecoats, and slippers. I knew a guy who worked at one on 3rd shift. He quit because of all the strange people wandering around in the store.

Posted by: RayH on January 24, 2006 03:31 PM

Acidman, I may not agree with you, but I have to respect you for being honest. It takes guts to admit you're selfish and uncaring.

Posted by: Kathy on January 24, 2006 05:25 PM

I spend money at local stores who offer services and support I can't get at walmart. They have learned to compete by being different and being better. They don't sell stuff walmart does, because they know I'll go to wal mart for it. And they're right. The strong survive.

Posted by: og on January 24, 2006 05:45 PM

Probably need some more laws to control how many people can shop at Walmart. I'm surprised that the gotdam gun control idjuts haven't tried to close them down already. I shop there alot too Rob. They have good ammo cheap and some of their guns ain't bad either.

Posted by: assrot on January 24, 2006 06:11 PM

I spend money at local stores who offer services and support I can't get at walmart.

This hits the nail on the head. The main reason I shop mostly local, specialized shops is because the products and service are superior.

I don't make enough money to waste it on crap.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on January 24, 2006 06:19 PM

I shop WalMart as well. And often. The so called compassionate liberals are all hot to shut down an outlet that gives people of all economic means good prices. This stupid myth that the liberals do all they do for the 'little Man' is the most pure crap on Earth. I do notice that the crowds at any WalMart seem unaffected by the left wing bluster. Thank God.

Posted by: Jack on January 24, 2006 06:31 PM

Almost as many people yakking as after the posting of a recipe for gorganzola shrimp.

/;^0 yak /:~o yak {:>d yak [:~)

Posted by: Wes Jackson on January 24, 2006 06:34 PM

heh heh heh - I should forward this to my Sociology prof....I never learned so much about WalMart in my life than I did from taking his course (let's just say he's a little "left" to be sure). You know what though? I continue to shop there and so does everyone else because it's cheaper and more convenient...
Do they screw a lot of people? Sure
Are they involved in some serioulsy shady shit? Sure.....
Am I (and mostly everyone else who ain't a Rockefeller) going to stop shopping there?..
Welcome to Capitalist Society with it or move....

Posted by: Lisa on January 24, 2006 06:36 PM

If Liberals would shop at Wal-Mart, prices would drop further, selections would increase, more people would be employed, and the already quite adequate pay and benefits to employees would probably increase.

But Liberals would never lower themselves to be "seen" at Wal-Mart among the poor, who they actually hate.

Posted by: Ga-ne-sha on January 24, 2006 06:59 PM

Well, next year the Chinese are going to export a car made in China to the USA. I wonder if they are going to be sold in WALMART parking lots?

Posted by: GUYK on January 24, 2006 07:24 PM

Most of the bad liberal press against Walmart comes from Grocers Unions trying to drive prices back up and make their groceries more competitive. So basically, it's one set of greedy bastards against another.

The rest of the bad press is just soft headed dupes getting strung along.

Posted by: Daniel on January 24, 2006 07:37 PM

"Gorganzola shrimp"? Jeesuss, Wes. What the hell do he serve it with ... Chicken Ripple ice cream?

Posted by: Will on January 24, 2006 08:27 PM

Fuck a WalMart.

If I wanted to be among a bunch of obese trailer trash and foul mouthed single mothers toting along their bastard spawn, I'd move to Georgia.

You want your cheap Chi-Com shit that will fall apart the second time you use it? Fine with me.

I'll pay the few bucks extra to shop with human beings.

Posted by: rightisright on January 24, 2006 08:50 PM

Rob, WM is a despicable operation. I know the bastards from inception. I've been in Arkansas all my life and have competed against them, and then turned them into a customer. If it wasn't for WM I'd be very rich instead of just well off. They mainly built the business by not paying their bills in a timely manner, and leverageing other peoples money, that was past due, into more debt. I could write a book, if I could write as well as you do, about the honest people they destroyed by their unethical business practices. Personally I'll go across the street or down the road and get some personal service and appreciation for doing business with a locally owned business. Even if I pay twice the price.

Posted by: Dan on January 24, 2006 09:47 PM

I shop my Sunday paper for bargains and hope to avoid Walmart. I am a single mom with limited income, but can't stand the thought of having one store being in control and on top of everything. You are right America does have the right to choose. I agree that they make billions of profit that they should give back more on benefits to the employees. It is not right that your employers gave you pensions and such, just like other employers around took care of their own, but the one of the largest profit making companies can't do it, baffles me. I guess it is part of their success. Screw um. On sale now. Lowest store around.

Posted by: abigail on January 24, 2006 10:21 PM

I hate Wal-Mart, not becasue they are an evil empire, (created by Americans btw) but becasue it's a nasty store. It's filthy, Half the customers look like they came from a soapless tiger ridge, hell, some of the employees are the same way. You can never get them to open a checkstand, and GOD forbid if you need help.
As an American with the right to chose, I drive about an hour to get to a *real* grocery store, where threy have most of what I need. Anything I need routinely, Kroger has. Anything else,I *may* trudge into Wal-mart at 3am if I have to have it, but most often I can skip it.

Posted by: Steph on January 25, 2006 12:05 AM

If Wal-Mart sold guitars, I probably would buy my next one there

Well, WalMart does sell something that looks like a guitar, but then so does Sears. I don't think you would really want buy from either of them.

Posted by: The Thomas on January 25, 2006 12:14 AM

I heart Walmart. I heart the skinny-assed parking spots. I heart the aisles inside that, at best, are barely two carts wide. I heart the disabled and challenged they move up through the ranks of cart gatherers to cart givers to receipt checkers all the way to checkout clerks. I especially heart the clientele. It's like walking the midway at a state fair. You can go to the Walmart and see inbred family reunions almost any time.

I buy my deodorant, vitamins, and bird seed at Walmart and damned little else.

Posted by: Arcs on January 25, 2006 07:28 AM

I would rather go without something than buy it from Wal-Mart. I am on a very limited budget; but I look to long-term consequences, and the overall impact to the community. My own personal convenience isn't worth the "bargain".

Posted by: adele on January 25, 2006 11:26 AM

Adele: Fine. Good on you. I have the honor to disagree with you, but differences of opinion are what make horse races possible. And democracies.

Posted by: Ernie G on January 25, 2006 02:07 PM

I live 15 minutes from Tyndall AFB commissary and BX, 5 minutes from Walmart Super Center. I probably do 80% of my shopping at WM. Most prices are not far off, though some commissary prices are consistently the best anywhere, and it's more convenient. Our WM is clean. The people are helpful and friendly and plenty of 'em. Never takes more than 10 minutes to check out.

The Winn Dixie between here and there is one of the nastiest stores in that chain. The prices are mostly way high, even with their customer card, and it takes forever to check out. Their deli section is excellent, though.

Walmart doesn't have a monopoly of inconsiderate assholes clogging aisles. I run into that almost everywhere.

Posted by: Larry on January 25, 2006 09:25 PM

Haven't shopped there for years.... Sorry, but they are NOT always the cheapest. The dirtiest, maybe, but no the cheapest.

Posted by: Shawna on January 27, 2006 09:27 PM
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