Originally Posted by skybluepink02
unfortunately, that's the curse of wal-mart. They come into a small town that has several shops and small businesses. They drive out the little people with lower prices and gain a monopoly. Then they can raise the prices to whatever they want. They hurt the community by refusing to insure their workers and treating them unfairly and by running out any competition. We're getting out first wal-mart in Atlanta, and I'm so sad because we've managed to keep it out for so long.
where I live (the walmart is in the next town over) it is very much the opposite and business is booming all over. (not that I like it!) but there actually are mom and pop businesses all over since our walmart closed and opened a super walmart! (like a hundred + in the last 2 years!) we are also getting things like a helicoptor pad, etc. and the hospital 25 min away updraded after 50+ years, a local pharmacy and several clinics,etc...) business is improving the town dramatically. I don't know if it's a coincidence or what? I am on the border of mexico though so I'm sure the demographic is a bit different than anywhere else in the country. (the old walmart was supposedly the largest grossing store in the US & people will drive 3 hours to our walmart from mexico!) the weirdest thing is our walmart has cheaper prices than the one 45 min away or 1 hour away..
I wish I didn't have to shop there and do find myself going there for less and less. I try use the internet more and more these days for shopping! (No impulse buying that way!
: ) I am living on SSA benefits since DH died so I do what I have to do!
I get things like dog/cat food and the sposies my kids wear at night, socks,etc. it's cheap and it's only 20 min away compared to 2 hours round trip to go to Target,etc. who sells half the same stuff from the same sweatshops.
everytime I go to walmart I say it will be the last time but I always go back.