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Old 07-25-18, 02:11 PM
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Are any of them super stores?

Yeah, I remember some of those places. They weren't much different than now. With the exception of not nearly having as many choices. Sometimes knowledgeable, and sometimes not. And the prices now are much more competitive.

I was in Home Depot and the guy wasn't helpful at all. And elderly retiree who obviously couldn't, or wanted to retire. But I went to Ace and they were completely helpful.

And I can walk to anything. WALK! In an area where everybody drives.
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Old 07-25-18, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
Think of a time years ago when there were mom and pop stores and specialty shops with knowledgeable clerks who could actually tell you about a product.
Then, Wal Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc came to town and closed all those. The very few that managed to survive have now been closed by Amazon. The three places I mentioned along with just about every other brick and mortar retail establishment out there is threatened by what Amazon is trying and managing to do.
I only go to Wal Mart now because there is simply no where left to shop. I have learned that going out looking for something specific is wasting my time and gas, so I have now become part of the problem and buy 85% of what I want online. I have been playing with the idea of buying all my bulk dry goods that way as well....but I sure hate having to return clothing by mail.

To jump down off my soapbox and talk about the subject at hand....we have three Wal Mart within a fairly close drive. One of them is in a decent part of town and is usually stocked fairly well, but carries all the low end product lines. There is another over in hell town. Nothing is ever stocked, the store always looks like ****, and the employees are no where to be found. The third is in an upscale area. Store is beautiful, well stocked with mid to high end items and all the employees are constantly around, smiling, and helpful. You wouldn't know they were the same company.
While I do tend to agree with you... Home Depot does hire experienced clerks who are knowledgeable about product... you just have to find "the right person." They are there and they do know their stuff... but not everyone in an orange shirt is "the expert."

Of course you still have to deal with their bubble wrapped, containerized hardware situation... I actually tend to go to ACE when I need hardware, as they have it all in loose bins... AND it is a bit better organized.
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While I do tend to agree with you... Home Depot does hire experienced clerks who are knowledgeable about product... you just have to find "the right person." They are there and they do know their stuff... but not everyone in an orange shirt is "the expert."

Of course you still have to deal with their bubble wrapped, containerized hardware situation... I actually tend to go to ACE when I need hardware, as they have it all in loose bins... AND it is a bit better organized.
I love(d) Ace Hardware, actually worked for them for a few years. Unfortunately all of those stores in the area are closed and gone. I actually have to drive across Atlanta to find one now. There is a True Value nearish by and I use them from time to time, but rarely actually have what I need.
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Originally Posted by C.Jester View Post
My 19 year old son is a department manager with Walmart while going to school. He always has the most amazing stories when he gets home. It really kinda makes you question the direction of society to be honest.
We went to Wallyworld for a rare visit to return a car battery that failed under warranty. The replacement battery was prorated, and neither the clerk nor the manager knew now to do more than stare at the calculator and wonder what happened next. They were amazed when I showed them how to do that.
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Walmart here isn't bad.

I mean, it's walmart, you can't expect top notch customer service. However, the few times I've returned something, it was never a big deal. Yes, the people, and employees can be entertaining, which is half the, um, "experience"
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Old 08-01-18, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
We went to Wallyworld for a rare visit to return a car battery that failed under warranty. The replacement battery was prorated, and neither the clerk nor the manager knew now to do more than stare at the calculator and wonder what happened next. They were amazed when I showed them how to do that.
Good thing you didn’t work it out with pencil and paper. Their heads would’ve exploded.
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Old 08-02-18, 01:20 AM
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Last time I was in a local Walmart I looked to see if there were any cashiers without faded blurred blue memory tattoos running up and down their arms...nope. They all had tats. Faded blue memory tats must be a right of passage in becoming a Walmart cashier.
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Old 08-02-18, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
another kid was rideing a bike thru the aisles.
Doesn't everyone say to test ride a bike before you buy...

Or perhaps test ride ALL of the bikes before you buy.
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Old 08-02-18, 07:28 AM
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We have one, it's in Saline actually. Not bad at all. Personally, I think they're like real estate, location makes a huge difference. They get a bad rap sometimes.
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Old 08-02-18, 09:49 AM
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Good thing you didn’t work it out with pencil and paper. Their heads would’ve exploded.
I was wondering if I should prove my math to them and show how the amount we owed and the credit we got would equal the cost of the new battery but didn't want to push it.
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
Walmart here isn't bad.

I mean, it's walmart, you can't expect top notch customer service. However, the few times I've returned something, it was never a big deal. Yes, the people, and employees can be entertaining, which is half the, um, "experience"
Returning stuff is a nightmare, and slow. I try not to buy things I would possibly return.
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I generally only hit a walmart when visiting the in-laws and need a break with some alone time (maybe find an excuse once a day by day 2 if not earlier). Not the nicest place, but I don't mind. Lots of room to walk around and no one bothers me. Until someone wonders why it's taken me two hours to buy a single thing and sends someone to check on me. It's kind of like taking a "me time" break in the bathroom only no one can ***** because you're taking up the bathroom.
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I generally only hit a walmart when visiting the in-laws and need a break with some alone time (maybe find an excuse once a day by day 2 if not earlier). Not the nicest place, but I don't mind. Lots of room to walk around and no one bothers me. Until someone wonders why it's taken me two hours to buy a single thing and sends someone to check on me. It's kind of like taking a "me time" break in the bathroom only no one can ***** because you're taking up the bathroom.
Some of my patients stop at a Walmart on the long journey to visit her family. They are both city dwellers, and not the type of people you'd expect to get excited about a huge store that sells cheap stuff to suburbanites and country dwellers. They stop to get out and stretch their legs, and apparently he is fascinated with some of the stuff the sell. So they stop and walk around until he's looked at enough stuff and she's walked enough to feel more limber.
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Some of my patients stop at a Walmart on the long journey to visit her family. They are both city dwellers, and not the type of people you'd expect to get excited about a huge store that sells cheap stuff to suburbanites and country dwellers. They stop to get out and stretch their legs, and apparently he is fascinated with some of the stuff the sell. So they stop and walk around until he's looked at enough stuff and she's walked enough to feel more limber.
When I moved back to the middle of the country after 5 years in boston, I remember going to a Kroger grocery store with my wife to pick up diapers (I think this was a second interview/househunting trip) and we both just walked down the aisles with our arms stretched out having forgotten what it was like to be in a grocery store where you could move without touching something/someone. Same reason we'd bought a house that was too big. After living in a cramped apartment, we saw what we could get with a mortgage the same as our rent had been and immediately said "yup" without thinking about whether we needed that much room.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
There's a fun party game about thinking of three things to buy at a grocery store (or hardware store) that would make the cashier freak out.

Example: Pregnancy test kit, hangers, scissors.
Hahaha, I remember when I was 13 or 14 yrs old I went to ride my Schwinn Super Sport that I bought earlier in the day from my aunts house to my house at about 2am, the chain was dry and had a tight link, I stopped at WAWA and got some 3in1 oil, the looks the lady gave me when I got to the register were priceless lol

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Returning stuff is a nightmare, and slow. I try not to buy things I would possibly return.
Must be based on location. Here its no big deal, especially with a receipt.
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When I'm feeling like I need a little interaction with the common everyday humans on this planet, I add value to my resupply of mass quantities by striking up conversations with random customers and Walmart associates who cross my path. I smile and always encounter pleasant people.

Of course, just as soon as I meet another crew member of my reconnaissance team who possesses a working rescue beacon, I will be looking for the mother ship. I sure hope I'm not the only one left.
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Sometimes, I want to make a comment about the types of people who shop at Walmart, or shop at Walmart very late at night.... then I remember all the times I've been to WalMart at 2AM, picking up some weird thing. So I keep my opinions to myself
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it's where retired batman villians shop at night

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Originally Posted by deadgrandpa View Post
when i'm feeling like i need a little interaction with the common everyday humans on this planet, i add value to my resupply of mass quantities by striking up conversations with random customers and walmart associates who cross my path. I smile and always encounter pleasant people.

Of course, just as soon as i meet another crew member of my reconnaissance team who possesses a working rescue beacon, i will be looking for the mother ship. I sure hope i'm not the only one left.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
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Is that the number of stupid posts that I've made? I didn't know anyone was counting. Hmmm.

I guess this would make 43.
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Nah, he's just saying, "keep your towel handy because you never know when a vogon ship will come by so you can thumb a ride."
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Don't panic.
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