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Old 06-01-2008, 08:33 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Becky Morgan View Post
People preached the wonders of Sam's Club to me for so long I finally took up the free day offer because DH wanted to look for a radio he'd heard was cheaper. They wouldn't let me walk back into the store. I mean the security guard told me that DS, who was 13 or 14, and I couldn't look at the radios, but DH could. They wouldn't explain (and remember, I was the one carrying the coupon.) When I objected, the security guard and manager whispered off in the next aisle and came back to say DS could look, but I couldn't!

And then they had the nerve to send me a "why didn't you join?" invitation. Sure, I'll give you $35 for the privilege of buying stuff at only slightly higher than normal prices if I can find someone you'll let go in the store for me!
DH and I were wanting to have a look at Sam's to see if it would pay for us to get a membership there. We live in an apartment, and don't have a lot of storage space for big bulky items, but there are some things we could buy in bulk. We found that they won't let you in the store unless you buy a membership. Not wanting to spend the money on a membership without knowing if it would pay off for us, we turned around and left and decided never to go there again.
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:24 AM   #12
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That's odd, the time I went in to Sam's to look around, they let me. I think I just told them I was interested in a membership and wanted to see what they had.
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:56 PM   #13
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Maybe it depends on the particular Sam's Club.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:39 PM   #14
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Yeah, it probably varies by store, or the employees just didn't care that day....
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:40 PM   #15
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I wish I had faith in Walmart's ulterior motives. Unfortunately, having seen enough, the only thing this does is help to further pound the nails into the coffin of the mom and pop shops that were already struggling to compete.

Back in the days that I used to shop at the Sam's and Walmart stores, I was buying something at Sams. I went to walmart later and found that the exact same item was actually cheaper in walmart. how freakin' rude!
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The article sounds as though it came straight from Walmart's public relations department.

They are temporarily lowering prices on hundreds of items this year. Which means the savings can last for a week and then disappear. What's the difference between that and putting items on sale temporarily? And what about the thousands of other items they sell? Are those prices by any chance creeping up?

And how are they achieving this great gift to mankind? By clipping a couple of pennies from their own profits? Heaven forbid. They are demanding that small vendors lower their prices by "making distribution more efficient." Of course the vendors are supposed to bear the costs of all the changes. Not much they can do about it either, since they need the Walmart business. Who else are they going to sell their goods to -- the smaller shops and chains that Walmart has driven out of business?
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I don't buy much food at Wal-Mart at all and it helps that mine isn't a Super Center but yesterday Julianne & I were in there and she wanted milk. I din't pay attention to the price but when I got home and looked at my receipt I found that it cost much less than I expected or than the last time I bought milk. Nice surprise. I still don't feel right buying it there.
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:07 PM   #18
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The great smoke and mirror trick of wal-mart continues...
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:06 AM   #20
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i actually found that i spend MORE at walmart on groceries than I do shopping locally.... and we're not talking just the gas (it takes 1/4 of a tank round trip to go to the super center.. they're talking about building one here but as soon as the target near us that they're building is done, we're DONE shopping at walmart). I have an Aldi's nearby, a Save - a- Lot and even those have just about the same prices as Hannaford and Price chopper... but all 4 are cheaper than the walmart super center....
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