Originally Posted by Panthira
Walmart is a monopoly. I like the comparison between Target and Walmart, but how is Target any better otherwise? (just curious)
I don't know a whole ton about this, but there are several reasons that make me think Target is a ton better:
- they tend to anchor malls and support satellite shops, at least around here, rather than stocking the same products and running them down
- they provide ample worker benefits, including those to same-sex couples even in states where they don't have to
- the workers just SEEM happier
- the stores are cleaner, better organized, and better stocked
- the items carried are typically better quality, although you still have to pick and choose. Target also carries a quite-natural essential-oil fragranced laundry detergent that satisfies superstinky husband and supersensitive-skinned me, which will keep me going back every couple of months; bonus, yeah, the little tiny bottle lasts me several months
- they don't fart around with clearance - if it goes on clearance it gets cheaper until it's gone
- they don't engage in obvious rebuttal advertising campaigns (example - Walmart doesn't pay a working wage - commercial appears with employees saying how happy they are with their earnings)
- they don't engage in such obvious evil as going to the optometrist down the street, stocking all the same frames at 10% lower prices, and extending their open hours to half an hour before and after his.
- they don't broker deals whereby makers of clothing, etc, make lower-quality products for them. Walmart does this. A Hanes shirt you buy at Walmart may be made on the cheap the way it isn't anywhere else. This scares me.
- they don't post things like "customers are free to price compare but employees of other establishments who are found to be in Walmart for the purpose of price comparison will be charged with trespassing"
There are tons more reasons why I am so much more pissed at Walmart than at Target. I know in many ways they are more of the same but honestly, I cannot afford mom-and-pop (I mean this seriously, I live below the poverty line and would much prefer to buy all our clothes at Hanna but it just isn't happening) and I feel comfortable with shopping at Target.