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Thread: WalMart Woes

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    Judy Lee wrote "I find that different materials make a difference, as does the quality of material. You'll usually find me at the $1/$2 bins at Wal-Mart, where the composition of the fabric is up for grabs. (The bolt's label often is not what is on the bolt.) Try as I might to come home with 100% cotton, sure as shootin' there'll be a poly/cotton blend in the bunch. I will use it because my "discretionary income" is gone and the nearest fabric store is 20 miles away."

    I'm with Judy. If not for WalMart i couldn't afford to make more than one or two quilts per year. Fabric is at least twice as much everywhere else unless you stumble across a miracle-sale somewhere. And in my area, even the sale prices are usually near double or more. Most of the online sale prices are beyond outrageous!!!!! Since I most enjoy making quilts for charity, my heart has been twice broken by the changes.

    I don't know if it'll do us any good, but June pointed me toward a petition web site

    http://www.petitiononline.com/savefab/petition.html

    (21,000+ signatures so far, so I hope it isn't a scam. :shock: )

    I rolled the dice and signed. Each of the rest of you Walmart dependent quilters will at least know of the option, then decide whether you want to, also.

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    Thanks for the link! I am signed in!

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    Besides signing the petition don't forget to call 1-800-walmart and leave your comments there.

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    I not only signed it. I told them it needed to be bigger and better, that they needed to make it like their garden dept, with it's own seperate cashere, and add to the selection.

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    Thank's I signed . Will tell my friends about it.

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    I just signed the petition also. I agree it is very convenient during the late hours. I often stop on the way home from my quilting class. There currently are 21,780 signatures.

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    21794 here! Betty 8)

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    I heard that Walmart is getting out of the fabric business ( at least in my area) Winnibego, Mchenry County Illinois. Not sure where I will be able to find fabric at the prices I can afford again.

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    The ladies at my walmart said they were talking of closing them all and going into party goods :thumbdown: :evil: :evil:
    I signed

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    I emailed them about the situation when I found out about it a couple of weeks ago. They aren't going to change their minds, bottom line is it's not making as much money as it used to (they didn't say that, but having worked for them while finishing a required teaching class......that's what dictates decisions.)

    I told them that we have the military community here, low incomes, lots of retirees, and way more fixed income than most areas. I also told them they would lose me as a customer when they take it out. I'll have to drive 45 miles to Wilmington, to get to Joann's but that's the way it goes.

    I'm signing the petition in a few minutes, but everyone needs to flood them with letters emails, and register complaints with the manager of the local stores along with the District Manager there. Enough complaints and they may even go back to being primarily a fabric department like it was when I worked there instead of crafts. I like the crafts but I like the fabrics more!

    Finally we need to pray that God helps them change their minds.

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    Just what we need another party goods store. We have plenty of them around here and cannot keep a reasonably priced fabric store. If Walmart closes theirs, our one and only quilt shop will probably raise their prices more due to no competition.

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    What I am learning about Wal-Mart fabrics is that they are mostly over-runs and misprinted bolts. No one can tell me where they come from , but my own experience is this....the maker name and dated codes are 5 or more years old. There is something wrong with nearly every piece I buy. When I am stream pressing them, I often note dye-over-laps and misprinted prints. I have purchased some that have had the selvage on one side completely cut or hacked off. These are especially the $1. and $2. bolts of fabric.

    The higher priced fabrics may be OK, but I don't indulge in those very often. I make most of my quilts to give away and simply use whatever I can find at a reasonable price. Hancock Fabric and JoAnn seldom have sales at these low prices.

    Many women are not going to be able to afford to make quilts, even the ones they want to give to their children, if they have to pay $6 and $8 a yard for their fabrics.

    I signed the petition at 4346, which was Dec 28. It is a shame the executives do not care about what their customers want or need. They probably buy that fabric for pennies on a bolt and would say they are passing the savings on to us. If their minds are made up, then we know what we can do....to hurt them in the pocket. There are other places to buy the things we get at Wal-Mart after they close the fabric departments. One Fabrics Mgr told me she was told it will be another year before they close. I will be watching as I am sure many of you will be also.

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    I signed the petition, also.
    As the previous poster stated, I, too, am considering not buying anything from WalMart if they close out the fabric dept. I can shop elsewhere for my groceries, and their clothing dept. leaves alot to be had, anyway.
    Not much else that I need from WalMart, except toilet paper and they sell that at the Dollar General Store.

    If they close it down and I have to drive 30 miles for a yard of fabric, I'll
    use Hobby Lobby for my fabric.

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    We hav a JoANN's and the pricey stores too, but I like to use flannel or backs and they use to have a good selection/ not anymore. I can't afford $8/$9 fabric all the time and their flannels was relly good. Its a shame.

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    The big Question is:

    Should we organize a boycott? As they close down the Fabric depts we can ask others to shop elsewhere. I don't know anything about the legal aspects of something organized, but we surely could do this by word of mouth just as the petion was done via e-mails.

    Any suggestions? I can do this!!!

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    As justifiably upset as we are, I'm not sure we should go as far as trying to organize a boycott.

    1. Are there really enough of us that WalMart would notice the loss of our business?
    2. Would we be asking people to drive farther and spend more than they could afford to support us? Remember - WalMart may have turned into a heartless corporate giant but they may also still be the best alternative for thousands in small towns and relatively remote areas. I'm not sure I could afford to always spend 20-100% more for my groceries. Wouldn't want to ask anybody else to make a sacrifice I can't make by their side.
    3. Not only is WM not a charity, they're no longer a family company. The Waltons sold out last year to another company.
    4. In addition to letters, emails and petitions, the best thing we can do is to continue supporting the WM fabric departments still out there. Show them it'll make money for them. Corporate reality #1: Spreading the Green works better than Seeing Red.

    Just my [usual] oversized bag of 2-cent pieces.
    :roll:

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    I'm all for a boycott.

    Does WalMart have an email address where I can notify them of my intentions?
    I looked on the website but didn't find one.

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    I was already dissatisfied with Walmart when they stopped their layaway department. The local one here will be discontinuing off the bolt fabric March 12. In our area it sounds like on selective Walmarts will have the pre packaged cuts. Thanks for the petition. While I doubt a bunch of signatures is going to help, I was happy to put mine on there. I think a boycott is a good thing. We have a grocery store in town that I can get my groceries at and perhaps everything else too. I made my complaint with the store manager and let him know that there were plenty of little stores in town that I could take my business too. It's a shame. I do think the boycott is a good idea, but I have no organizational knowledge on this type of thing myself.

    Melissa

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    I think Patrice is right. There are so many million of WalMart shoppers, a boycott by us would be unnoticed. As for supporting the fabric department while it is there, that would benefit us most in money savings for when the department is no longer there. Most of us cannot afford to shop elsewhere or do not have a choice. This is the way WalMart has been engineering the shopping scene for all of these years. That is their goal, to give us no other place to shop. It is too late in most areas, but some of us still have choices. We should exercise them, and do the best we can with the balance between our conscience and our pocketbook. I have started buying bags of clothes at the thrift stores when they are $2 a bag to make scrappy quilts. I choose all cotton and most of them are new or little used. That saves me some money.

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    I visited Wal-Mart last week to get more materials and the salesclerk told me everything was 25% off because they were soon to do away with the fabric dept and add more craft stuff. Is this going on all over or just my store. If not for Wal-mart I don't know where else to get fabric. We have 3 quilting stores in town but I just window shop there, I can't afford their prices. When Wal-Marts fabric goes to 50% off I'M GOING SHOPPING

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    There's nothing wrong on catching a good deal, But I would also tell the Mngr, he has no idea how many customers, he's going to lose. They will wind up like K-mart, down sizing as well as looking for some retail company to go in with them, because of low low sales, And needing someone to help them with sagging sales, Thats when sears partnered with K-mart, just so they could keep what stores they have left to stay afloat. But you know thats what CEO's are all about they know best, But where are they when things go bust.

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    Just call in 1800walmart and tell them how you feel. I was very polite the lady I talked to was very irritable, so maybe they are getting a lot of calls .keep it up :D

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    Yes I did tell them my feelings on the subject. I also went on that website and signed the petition. I know there are alot of signatures there but lets face girls we need alot more. In this day and age not many people sew anymore. I'm afraid we quilters are a dying breed. My family thinks I'm crazy to spend 2-3 hundred dollars on making a quilt when you can buy one already made for 100 dollars. They just don't get it.

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    Check every day. Different things will go on sale at different times and at different rates. It doesn't all happen at once. Unless you're the only quilter in town, don't gamble by waiting too long for the really good stuff to hit 50% off or more. Unless you're standing right there when they mark it down, it could be gone before you get there.

    Can you tell our local WM fabric department downsized? I checked every couple days until they were done. I think I have more of the fabric now than they do. (And, believe it or not there are colors, shades and values I STILL need! LOL)

    I don't know how it'll be in yours, but in ours there aren't any more distinct "on sale" tables. Just whatever they don't feel like putting on the racks mixed in with the $1 stuff and the marked down stuff.

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    :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.

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