Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Year Without Walmart.

I decided back in January that I was giving up WalMart. Not so much as a resolution, but more of a moral stand.

I've always had trouble supporting WalMart, I did it, but knowing the way that they conduct their business made me feel bad about it. I even worked for a Mom and Pop that had to constantly have our prices compared to them. It wasn't a fun sales call to make, especially when they started offering delivery, delivery and personal service was the only edge I had, as we all know they beat their suppliers down so much their pricing beats most.

My sister and her Husband became so frustrated with them over a year ago, that they quit them cold turkey. After I saw a recent documentary, The New Age of WalMart, I decided that I was quitting cold turkey, too. I don't think that was the message that the documentary meant to send, but there was just something about that unmarked van driving through neighborhoods looking for their next Mom and Pop victim that made me decide it was time to stop supporting this Big Box Retailer.

I make this sound like a sacrifice when really, I haven't shopped there much since we moved to this area of town over 3 years ago. The one closest to me is a shithole and if I'm going to drive I would rather go to Target. I did some price comparisons, and on average, they are about 4% cheaper than Publix (where I shop) but if you factor in the Publix BOGO deals, Publix items are about 40% cheaper than WalMart - factor in the time and resources it would take me to drive to a clean store and then what's 4%?

So, I'm about 6 weeks into this new endeavor and I can say that I don't miss it at all. This might be a lot easier than I originally thought, and it might be the push I need to be more aware about shopping local. Makes me feel good to do a little something good.

Small Victories.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....interesting. I'm willing to bet if I did more research, paid more attention or was just smart in general, I'd boycott Wal-Hell, too.

Maybe I will anyway. And when asked why, I'll say "all the cool bitches in the South" are doing it :)

123 said...

Thank you. Thank you for despising Wal-Mart as much as I do. I have long suspected that the Walton family sold their souls to satan. I'd be all the way in the dairy products when I realized I forgot deodorant. Yeah, that's like 97 square acres away from the dairy stuff. I'd trudge through the dirty aisles and trip over flats of vanilla wafers only to discover that they no longer carry my favorite scent. I hate Wal-Mart. I pay more and go to smaller stores...but the quality of my life actually improved after I quit grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. Mind if I link to your blog?