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Thread: Walmart, in works to make changes

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    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
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    I am sending this link, I found on FOX this am... they seem to be suffering a little and planning to bring some things back. Should we contact them and ask about fabric... ??? Worth a try you think???

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/06...bound/#content

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    Absolutely! They don't realize how much money they would bring in if they did this. I hear that already some stores (although none in my area) are still selling fabric and crafts. They used to be a great source of fabric, but no more. They should seriously consider returning the department to all stores, IMHO.

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    Well i was just in walmart yesterday, went by our new prepackaged fabric dept. and found a lady really dishing it out to the sales lady about how walmart does not care anything about its customers because they took away the fabric dept. in our store. The sales lady said that our walmart manager wanted to keep the fabric but there was nothing they he could do.

    I think we have a lot of dissatisfied customers out there. I have also heard that our walmart has lost money since they took the fabric dept. away.

    Who knows maybe they will wake up and smell the coffee :) We can only hope.

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    Speaking of Wal Mart - I was there last week and they were in the process of marking the fabric - up - $1.00 and more a yard. I no longer go to Wal Mart every week. I find better prices at my local market. I did, however, go in at least twice a month to check on the fabrics, but I will no longer do that. I can use my coupons to local fabric shops and get better prices. So long, Wal Mart - it was a nice run while it lasted!

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    Well, Walmart execs should have considered what they were doing before they made all the big changes. I do still shop there but I try to shop at smaller, hometown stores. There just aren't many left. Buying more and more imported, cheaply made items is insulting to those who are not working here and to those of us who appreciate quality.

    I could go on but you've heard it all before......

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    Well it is about time they saw their down fall. When the renovations started I knew it was a big mistake. My shopping trips to the Dollar tree went from once a month to weekly visits. I just couldn't afford to buy the basic's at WM anymore. As far as the fabric's go we still have ours and some of the new stuff coming in is the same as the LQS fabric but still not priced as high. So I can't complain about the prices.

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    I hate going into my local Wal-Mart. And I think their decision to take away the choice of what you could buy was one of the stupidest things they could have done. My mom has worked there for 23 years and absolutely hates it. She wants to try and stick it out until 25 but she doesn't know if she can do it.

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    Our local Walmart is closing their fabric dept as we speak. I will miss it because I always stopped to pick up some trim, interfacing, muslin backing, etc..They will still carry thread, notions, etc.

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    My local store still has fabric and recently increased the amount but still say they are slated to close the dept in 2012. I bet that will change.
    I don't go there near as often as I used to as they keep getting rid of the things I used to buy in the food section!

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    Don't you know the big name manufacture of good quality quilting fabric would jump for the chance to provide fabric to all Walmarts? I send Walmart emails all the time to please sell quality quilt fabric from good manufacturers! It's a no brainer it will be a big money maker for each.

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    Our WM never gave up the fabric department, just reduced it. Now it is expanding. Some of the fabrics look good and are in pretty colors, but I will buy a small amount and wash it before buy a large piece. Most of it is not quality fabric, but I don't need the best for everything I do, but I do need it to wash well.

    My choices are WM and 2 LQSs that don't have sales. The closest one has a sale the week after Christmas only.

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    I have not been in Wal-Mart for at least 6 months. If I watch the sales, my grocery store has better prices. Wal-Mart just doesn't have a clue.

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    I was at our new Walmart on Th. I did get black tone on tone from a bolt for $4.94/yd. A different craft/fabric store wanted $10.99 for a yd of black tone on tone... I did see many a bolt being sold as the whole bolt for LOW prices.. I did not check those out. Also in the clearance aisles were tubs of charm packs for about $7.00 but I don't know what they looked like inside the pack. I did not buy any of those either.. Just my yd of tone on tone(plus groceries).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I have not been in Wal-Mart for at least 6 months. If I watch the sales, my grocery store has better prices. Wal-Mart just doesn't have a clue.
    :thumbup:

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    I was in one a few weeks ago that had a fabric department. I bought a few FQs, but the fabrics on the bolt are the same ol fabrics that they have carried for years (for the most part), yet the prices have gone up to over $6.00 a yard. When they had fabric for less than $4.00 a yard, I would let the kids pick out fabric for pillow cases, or make doll clothes or craft projects with Wal-Mart fabric, but not at what the prices are now.

    I would rather go to JoAnns when their fabric is on sale, or order from Connecting Threads or Thousandsofbolts or wait for a sale at my LQS and spend a few more dollars to get quality fabric.

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    Local Walmart still has fabric but when I was checking it out for Valentine's material the sales clerk said they had not received any Valentine's material but did get lots of St. Patricks Day fabric! Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    I was in one a few weeks ago that had a fabric department. I bought a few FQs, but the fabrics on the bolt are the same ol fabrics that they have carried for years (for the most part), yet the prices have gone up to over $6.00 a yard. When they had fabric for less than $4.00 a yard, I would let the kids pick out fabric for pillow cases, or make doll clothes or craft projects with Wal-Mart fabric, but not at what the prices are now.

    I would rather go to JoAnns when their fabric is on sale, or order from Connecting Threads or Thousandsofbolts or wait for a sale at my LQS and spend a few more dollars to get quality fabric.
    ITA! My local walmart is taking out the fabric at the end of the month. I still have one that is 45 minutes away that has it. But there prices just went up again a week ago. Apparently due to the cotton shortage. I told the lady that it was crazy I could wait for JoAnns to have a sale and get much better quality fabric.

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    I try to avoid Walmart. I hate shopping in huge stores, I hate waiting in a 20 deep line at the checkout. And I hate having to park in the boonies to just pick up one thing.
    So, I go to my local merchants. The kind of places where you are greeted sincerely, your business is valued, and you can park right out front.
    I guess I'm going back to the old way of doing things. Maybe shops being closed on Wednesday afternoons and Sundays will come back too!

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    me too

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    I buy two things at Walmart...dogfood...and coffee when it is on sale. Otherwise I don't shop there anymore

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    I think WM put a lot of LQSs out of business with their lower prices (and other types of stores too) but my quilting mentor who i've known for 25 years said there are not as many quilters as there used to be--that's why a lot of stores are having trouble now.

    The decrease in popularity of quilting as well as rising prices are hurting the LQSs.

    I know no one here wants to hear the hobby (lifestyle) is waning, but the heyday was in the 80s and 90s i guess.

    If fabric was a profitable line, WM would still carry it.

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    My local WM still has fabric but it is such poor quality I won't buy it. The only other fabric store nearby is Joann's and their quality also leaves a lot to be desired. I now mainly shop online sales and get much better quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    I was in one a few weeks ago that had a fabric department. I bought a few FQs, but the fabrics on the bolt are the same ol fabrics that they have carried for years (for the most part), yet the prices have gone up to over $6.00 a yard. When they had fabric for less than $4.00 a yard, I would let the kids pick out fabric for pillow cases, or make doll clothes or craft projects with Wal-Mart fabric, but not at what the prices are now.

    I would rather go to JoAnns when their fabric is on sale, or order from Connecting Threads or Thousandsofbolts or wait for a sale at my LQS and spend a few more dollars to get quality fabric.
    I was thinking that you must have been in my store, then I see you are very close! Our store (in Parker) has gone up to $6 a yard, too. For the same fabrics they had a couple of months ago for $3.XX. I, too, can do better at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, or the online shops. Better quality for the same price or less.

    It was fun while it lasted....

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    Interesting article - thanks for the link. Our local one still has fabric, some nice notions and things like batting and interfacing.

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    Well...I think Walmart is expensive now. My mom used to call it a discount store, but I don't feel I save anything there.

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