gets the worm?? And a few other things that bother me about Walmart.
People who know me know I have a problem with Walmart. There's the way it treats its employees, the kind of merchandise it stocks and the general philosophy that the cheapest deal ever is the best. The Waltons are billionaires or maybe even trillionaires and if there's anything the world needs fewer of, it's ultra-rich folk.
Apart from that my Walmart experiences aren't pleasant. This morning I went to the Supercentre on the edge of town to print three pictures. I wanted to give them as gifts to friends I was meeting for lunch. Where I live, Walmart is my only choice. The drugstores that once owned photo printing machines have let them go. They couldn't complete with Walmart's "Roll-back" pricing.
I arrive in the store about 9:45, not insanely early and in the photo department, the printers are all turned off. An associate in Electronics explains that I can't print until 11:00 when the photo associate arrives. When I say I can just print myself, he replies, "if anything went wrong, there is no one to re-set or repair the machines." I kind of snap and ask rudely how that is different from what I am now experiencing. Either way, I can't print my photos. It's not the young man's fault and so after a couple of cool-down minutes, I go back and apologize. I decide to buy Lexmark ink for my home printer and do the pictures there but I know I might run out of ink. I can't seem to find any so I ask the same electronics salesperson if Walmart stocks it. "No," the associate explains. "We don't carry Lexmark ink any more." He didn't have to say it but I know Walmart wants me to buy a new crap printer. Even if I want to avoid throw-away consumerism, it isn't easy. He suggests The Source might carry Lexmark ink. It's in the same area so I drive over, only to see that AGAIN I am too early. The Value Drug Mart in town carries the ink so that's where I go. I print my photos at home but they look amateurish. Curse you, Walmart. Now a more organized individual could use London Drugs or Shutterfly and photos in fine quality would be delivered to my door but that's not me.
Walmart has monopolized other retail products. It had a huge fabric department until the local fabric retailer closed. Then the amount of material at Walmart shrank like the cheap quilting fat quarters it now sells. There's the same problem with yarn. Lots of choice and colours until local shops stopped carrying wool. Now a few disorganized skeins or balls and likely not enough of any weight or colour to do a real project.
After all this, why don't I boycott Walmart? My confession? I don't want to have to drive an hour or two to patronize local or even Canadian businesses. I have already alluded to my lack of organization. If you see me in Walmart, I'm the one with the hives.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.