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Thread: WalMart Woes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kellie
    :x I signed the petition as well. 29188 march 9th 2007! If they do do this which I hope that they don't I will go to hancock fabric or Hobby lobby. Being a begginner quilter and a craft person all the way around this upsets me. Maybe they will not do this and realize that they are maiking a huge mistake.
    Kellie and to all of us that hate Wal-Mart right now:

    I am usually the type of person holding a glass that is more than half full--...I think nobody can do anything if it's really out to hurt someone or themselves ====to any extent, anyway. Well, USUALLY, I have grown up quite a bit when it comes to big ppl with big money...
    Wal-mart is big and bad and about to shoot their pinky toes off on both feet. No, better than that, they are about to shoot their balance off, so they are going to fall on their big, bad assesses. The big toe is where you get your balance from anyway, right?!?

    I think they are beyond caring about us. THey have so many lawsuits now, what's another 30,000? Did our petition make it that far, yet? Well, they're going to do what they WANNA do because they can, and, although that little smiley or big smiley or whatever that smiley is, IT IS GONNA KEEP SMILING! If it keeps on smilin', we're gonna march right in there and buy our milk and toilet paper because it is cheaper there than Kroger or Foodland or whatever the name of that local store is. And they win. They're killing us anyway.
    I know tooooo many ppl in this area that spent way tooooo much money at Wal-Mart.
    For example: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
    true story....if you are bored; turn the channel, you're to busy to be on here anyway:
    When I was first married to my husband, he worked for a 200.00/week salary. (I had recently left my job for personal reasons). After taxes at that very time, we got $167.** per week after taxes.....
    That means we received $668.00 per month! GEEZ!
    At that time, we spent at LEAST $200.00 PER MONTH at Wal-Mart. We could drive the 45 minutes (20 minutes more than the local grocery store and dollar store) and get alll of our groceries, toilet paper, soaps, shampoos, SHOES, and you know what all of our needs are! FABRICS! ;) we got all these things in one stop instead of 5 or so! to get the best deal. We were saving money! and we went once a month. .....
    Well, I start of my writing knowing what point I want to make and exactly how I want to make it, then I get so off track with everything that is going on around me....kids...an internet connection that is unfaithful, kids, demands of the every day life, kids........and then, it's just gone......
    but we would spend at least 1/4 of what we recieved each month at Wally world.....
    Times have changed. We got older, some. We got wiser, some. We got wealthier, some. And we shopped at Wal-Mart a whole lot more........
    You know what...............????????????????????
    I have gone to Kroger the 3-4 last times for groceries...
    Cvs for my Rx needs...I even had 2 of my DD's Rx's transferred from W-M to CVS...
    I've checked out quite a few on-line possibilites for fabrics....
    and I haven't been to W-M in quite some time.
    I've about found wm to be the red hydrant...........and I'm about ready to hike my leg!
    Where was that I read that every single $1.00 spent out of county or out of area (where ever spent)....was like $5.00 spent locally?
    Well, my W_M is in summersville and 45mins away......my local Kroger is 25 mins away (opp. directions and no shopping centers or nice restaurants)........
    I'm outnumbered........and so are you. no matter what we do, wm wins. We're the little woman--they're the bigun
    I can boycott and be mad at the world........or i can be happy they'r putting in a wm at flatwoods 25-30 mins from here, and I'll never have to leave the county agani.
    I can be happy that a nice big wm will let me shop happily one-stop without driving all the way to summersville (45 mins).....and PUT ALL THE LOCAL DOLLAR AND GROCERY STORES out of business.
    I am happy the WM will bring lots of jobs to Braxton county....
    I'm sad that several businesses will go away.......
    I'm happy that several businesses will have the opportunity to make money and go on (IF THEY EVER DECIDE TO COME ABOUT IN THE FIRST PLACE, AS MY AUNT SHUT DOWN AND WE HAVE NOBODY.....)AND wm will no longer be selling the fabs like they once did.
    I am happy that wm will be losing a lot of business due to poor, poor POOR judgement, and they don't even realize what they are doing to themselves. They're too big to realize and too big to care. why should we?
    Who of us are powerful enough to find out what it takes to go on and open up our own shops? Well, maybe that doesn't take power alone, but we can find other places.....I hate it, I do.....But.....WM doesn't care! I will share with all of you anything I find as to where to find the cheapest. Im probably not going to open any business right now with my kids being so young. --I have a cake going out WED...after a meeting w/my pre-k advisor.
    I barely have enough time to think right now, but I'm open to sharing if the opportunity gets close...and I do smell something.......... ;) (aunt had fab. shop......)
    g'night for now.......
    share your "vent" with me!~

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    Miranda, I admire you for sticking to your guns. I, too have cut down on Wal Mart purchases. You are right. They won't notice. But the people we shop with instead, they will notice. We can tell them why we are shopping there and ask them to carry what we can't find. Most businesses are more than willing to try to please their customers because they are not as big as WM and they appreciate new customers.
    I have been shopping for fabric at the Ben Franklin store. It is only 50 miles instead of 100 miles from here, but there is only one grocery store there. Found out the fabric department manager is a quilter. She has been getting in alot of good quilt cotton at 5.99, which is HIGH for me, but saves me gas.... a tossup. Since the fabric has improved, so has their sales volume, and so has their selection. And they also have a $2 or $3 bin, and fat quarters for 1.50 or less. I'm happy. I also found a great quilt club while shopping there.

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    :( Several of us have been phoning in and posting to the online petition for months now, and it appears WalMart is not listening. They say only the Super WalMarts will be carrying fabric. In my area, the Super WalMart had the smallest and poorest selection, whereas, the smaller WalMart a few miles away had a much better selection. This smaller WalMart was supposed to close out their fabric department but now they are being told they remain "until further notice," which they say could be another year until they are slated for a remodel. Very frustrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extreme Quilter
    :( Several of us have been phoning in and posting to the online petition for months now, and it appears WalMart is not listening. They say only the Super WalMarts will be carrying fabric. In my area, the Super WalMart had the smallest and poorest selection, whereas, the smaller WalMart a few miles away had a much better selection. This smaller WalMart was supposed to close out their fabric department but now they are being told they remain "until further notice," which they say could be another year until they are slated for a remodel. Very frustrating.
    ours is a Super WalMart. so is the next closest. One fabric department is already gone. ours is on the chopping block. will be gone soon. we just don't know yet exactly when.

    Maybe it will force me to start actually using my stash instead of just adding to it on a whim or starting projects that require something i don't already have. and since most of my purchases will now have to be online i'll have to offset the shipping costs by buying less of each at a time. I don't know if i'll end up spending less or a whole lot more. Kinda scarey.

    one good thing has come out of it, though. i've had to start looking at more websites and have stumbled upon one or two good deals. not enough to replace having a place just around the corner to get decent stuff at good prices. but i guess i'll get used to it and perhaps expand my fabric horizons.

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    Patrice,
    You can't use your stash! Man, that would make me insecure. I gotta tell you. I just went to the annual swap meet of the local quilting guild, joined up, signed up for the next class, and the best part, I came home with about $200 worth of stuff for $22. I am stoked!! :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norah
    Patrice,
    You can't use your stash! Man, that would make me insecure. I gotta tell you. I just went to the annual swap meet of the local quilting guild, joined up, signed up for the next class, and the best part, I came home with about $200 worth of stuff for $22. I am stoked!! :shock:
    Y'all are certifiably crazy. What do you mean you can't use your stash? That's what it's there for, right?

    Says the man with several hundred board feet of exotic hardwoods in his storage room.

    tim in san jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    Quote Originally Posted by Norah
    Patrice,
    You can't use your stash! Man, that would make me insecure. I gotta tell you. I just went to the annual swap meet of the local quilting guild, joined up, signed up for the next class, and the best part, I came home with about $200 worth of stuff for $22. I am stoked!! :shock:
    Y'all are certifiably crazy. What do you mean you can't use your stash? That's what it's there for, right?

    Says the man with several hundred board feet of exotic hardwoods in his storage room.

    tim in san jose
    quit clouding the issue with logic.
    :shock:

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    Gotta use the stash up this winter so come summer I can buy more! Clearing the decks! I need the space!!!!
    Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! :mrgreen:

    Norah, you have every right to be stoked! What a deal!!!!!!!!!

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    :? The closest Wal mart is less than 4 miles away, But with the sales tax here in Tn which we pay 10% we don't get any savings, So save a lot and Cookes and Bi-lo get our business but it is just as bad, Hobby lobby has great deals if you get on there website and if you have one close. Hancock Fabric well I usually hit them right after x-mas cause all there x-mas fabric is a dollar.
    There are two wal-marts in this town I don't venture to the other one but my husband does and the prices are diff maybe a few cents cheaper.
    I don't know what my point is, but they confuse me terribly and I don't need any help being confused.....lol
    Until they get rid of the fabric part I will probably keep getting my fabric there unless I find a better deal. They already messed up my scrapbooking stuff why not this too.
    Kellie

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    We had a walmart in summerville (40 miles--one way).....and it was just the most awesome thing to ever come along. and now, it's gone and the SUPER walmart is there....
    the one in the opp. directions is farther and not even a super and they are the one not going to close the fab dept! And I'm thinking yay! because they're not so far away..........
    can you imagine being so far away from anything? And why? we're SUPPOSED to get a super wm at flatwoods......like 20-25 mins away (you know, like in our backyard), but I've also heard it ISN'T happening! WT-?

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    Walmart closed the fabric dept in green valley arizona. I hope they dont close the one in tucson.

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    Our local Walmart, that rumor has said was closing, just got in all kinds of fabric, People are coming in and buying as much as possible. Fabric dept is busier than ever, maybe thats what they were going for. Ours turned into a super store a year ago. Prices went up on everything. They blamed it on gas. We have several grocery stores that are cheaper than walmart. I go where I can save, fabric is cheaper but there are places in Albany., about 50 miles south that have cheap fabric.
    There were a lot more variety stores here before walmart, but if one dares to come they lower prices to drive them out. We do have a target that is doing well but no fabric, oh well :roll: :roll:
    And they dare call this progress :thumbdown:

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    I just signed the petition andi am going to send thew sight to eveybody i know.

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    Now I am really worried, my walmart fabric dept is NOT getting new fabrics. Evidently walmart doesn't advertise that the fabric is closing, they just do it and you know about it unless you go to the store. :shock:

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    Thanks! I've signed the petition. Earlier in the year, I e-mailed Wal Mart and also made a phone call. I'm glad to know there is a petition effort. The folks at my Wal Mart told me several weeks ago that the fabric dept. would be gone by April 1, but now they're telling me everything is up in the air and they are getting new fabric every day. They say they don't know what's going on. It will be interesting to see what comes down!
    Froggy, in Texas

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    I have a friend who works at Wal-mart in Arkansas. ANd sheis saying they are but no decidion has some down about when. She is going to keep me posted on what she hears through the office grapevine

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    Hi,
    I signed the petition before. It's ok.. go ahead!

    sandi

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    :? Yea, Everyone should get in on this as a lot of us have verrry little choicebesides wm cause they came in30 yrs or so ago and ran every one else out of business and Now there doing the sc"s and will they run every one that's left out of town?? Then what they go Bankrupt and we have no where to shop in small town America!!!

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