More About the Target – Wal-Mart Post

The Target Store post has become popular beyond my wildest dreams, so I wanted to tell you why I did it. I felt I needed to tell you what I learned about myself – I feel good at Target Stores and rotten at Wal-Mart. I didn’t intend for it to be a scientific study. I took it as a personal opportunity to share my inner world with you.

I understand the economic reason Wal-Mart exists and flourishes, I believe in the free market, so my reason kept telling me my feelings about Wal-Mart were invalid, so I kept returning to Wal-Mart trying to prove my reason correct, and my emotions wrong, like returning to an abusive relationship hoping things would change. I’ve discovered, in the long-run, my emotions always win. I couldn’t find peace until I listened to and understood my emotions. The post was inspired in a moment in September when my wife and I were leaving Wal-Mart, and I said to her “I feel like I am going to be sick. Why do we keep coming here?” It dawned on me – we were acting insane – doing the same thing and expecting different results.

If you can identify something in your environment that makes you feel ill, look for a positive alternative. When I made a final decision to never shop at Wal-Mart again, it was like distancing myself from any negative influence, my negativity decreased and my hope and joy increased.

Oh! And there is another reason I posted it. I believe the world would be a better place if fewer people shopped at Wal-Mart.

7 thoughts on “More About the Target – Wal-Mart Post”

  1. My grandmother bought my daughter a purple sweatsuit at WalMart for Christmas last year. The first day she wore it, she got too close to our spaceheater and it melted a huge 6″x6″ spot. Cheap quality materials. This seemed very dangerous in a children’s outfit, especially. So I took it to WalMart and after explaining what happened, the lady at the counter, very rudely, asked me if I wated to exchange it for another one. Umm…. no! I told her it should be pulled from the shelves and she said that she can do nothing about it. I asked her if she could file some sort of report to management and she said that it was not her job.

    Another time, in Florida at a Walmart, we were at the deli counter. This customer who was a bit on the plumpish side, asked the lady working there which was better, the roast turkey or the lite turkey. The employee said that by looking at her she should get the lite. It was a little funny, but totally insulting to the customer.

    I’ve been to Walmart maybe 5 times in my life. That is 2 of my experiences.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. I have been to Walmart 4 or 5 times & always feel yucky when I leave. Thanks for writing what many of us feel.

    Ironically I love Home Depot. Though sadly they have extinguished most of the corner hardware stores I some how seem to be energized upon exiting HD. I supposes its because I know have the tools & materials (and testosterone) to go fix somethin’.

  3. We have a Walmart Supercenter in our small town in GA and it has shutdown the grocery store across the street. I go there at least once a week. I hate it. But, I keep going. I suppose we have to buy groceries somewhere.

  4. Wal-Mart extracts your soul, spits on it, rubs it in dirt, slaps it around and then finally gives it back. Thus giving that “icky” feeling once you arrive and leave.

  5. Steve,
    I love your blog and so do a lot of others judging from the nerve you struck with the Wal-Mart vs. Target post. You still never really answered the $64,000 question though. My answer is that people continue to shop at Wal-Mart because they like to complain.

    In our local paper we have a forum where people used to complain about Wal-Mart on a daily basis. Yet, they’d continue to shop where they encountered all the bad reasons not to continue you mentioned plus even more. I’d write, “Wake up people. There are other places to shop.” But they never listened.

    I’ll be back. Great job and good topics.

  6. I agree with your evaluation of WALMART wholeheartedly! I’m a sophmore in high school, and for my Honors Oral Comm. Class, I had to write a persuasive speech on a political issue. I can’t tell you how many awful things I found out about WALMART in my research- the topic being “How Retail Giants Negatively Influence Our Community”. To sum it up, property tax and food stamp use generally rose wherever WALMARTs emerged, and most WALMART employees are so underpaid and have so few perks, they pratically need to use programs such as welfare. My classmates seemed very moved by my speech, but it’s hard not to give up in a town like mine, where as I type this message a local synagogue is searching for a new location so that a Super WALMART can be built in its current location.

  7. I have had actual panic attacks at Wal*Mart. I hate going there. I get anxious just walking through the door. There’s one within walking distance from my apartment, and my husband and I will go across the street to Target. We both hate it.
    Whenever I do have to go there, I’m usually with my mom, who can spend hours there–she is somehow oblivious to It’s nightmarish. Herds of dead-eyed people (I say herds because they are, usually, quite large, and there are many of them) wandering aimlessly down the middle of the aisle, not knowing where they’re going or what the hell they want. Loud, unsupervised children being yelled at by their mothers. Wal*Mart really does seem to attract people who hate life, and hate you.
    Sometimes, if I’m desperate for something I’m out of, I’ll go late at night, to “avoid the crowds”, but late at night is simply the time when they re-stock the store. You can’t get down the aisles for the pallets and boxes, and the employees will watch you squeeze and struggle down an aisle without doing a damn thing to move the obstacle in your path–or so much as a “sorry about that”.
    The only reason I will go is if there is something that Target absolutely does not have, and I don’t want to go to Walgreens (the only problem I have with my local Walgreens is a creepy cashier that I always seem to end up getting in line) or CVS.
    Another reason I like Target (call me unAmerican, or a Scrooge, or a bitch if you like): no Salvation Army bellringers out front. No (until the past couple of years) obnoxious Christmas music. I get plenty of that stuff everywhere else, thank you, and after a while, I just don’t want to see/hear anymore of it while I’m out shopping. I can only give so much.
    Their business practices–the way they treat their employees, outsource work, and screw other businesses–should really be condemned. I realize a lot of people have no choice but to shop there, because of limited incomes, but the place is just horrible. When I note the check number and amount in my checkbook there, I always write “Evil Empire”.

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