21 Responses to “Not at Wal-mart”

  1. JenB September 12, 2008 at 12:09 PM #

    I won’t buy shoes at Wal-Mart either. Or sheets. They’re scratchy and cheap and they feel like newspaper. Yuck.But I always buy my OTC meds at Wal-Mart (except Prilosec, which is much cheaper at Sam’s). I love their generic brand.

  2. sraikh September 12, 2008 at 12:24 PM #

    I dont buy kid’s clothes there. I find that its just as expensive(or cheap) as buying at Target,Kohl’s(clearance rack) or Children’s Place(with coupons). The quality is better at thos other places.

    sraikhs last blog post..9-11

  3. bettie September 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM #

    I have been all over the country, and in other areas Wal*Marts are truly spectacular places of wonder. Need an orchid corsage at 8 am on a Sunday morning in rural Missouri? Wal*Mart has it. Need ice-cream sundae fixin’s at 10 pm on a Saturday in suburban Texas? Wal*Mart. But in and around the city of Los Angeles Wal*Marts are sorry, crowded, cramped affairs. The only Wal*Mart within twenty miles of us is understaffed and understocked, a hotbed of identity theft and petty crime. I gave up on the place after going on three different occasions for the same very common item and finding it out of stock every time. Target, on the other hand, is always there for me. In addition to the one at the local mall, there is a target within five miles of us to the east, west and north (the one to the south is 10 miles). But, when I’m out in the suburbs, I usually hit the nicer Wal*Marts for vitamins. They have some really good quality, well-priced vitamins.

  4. Angie September 12, 2008 at 12:51 PM #

    Sunita, I do buy some clothes for Brianna there. Usually underwear, socks and shirts (don’t ask me why shirts in particular) but I think you’re right that comparatively speaking, you can get great prices at Target and Kohl’s (especially during their sales and end of year markdowns) and much better quality.

    On a separate note, can I email you with a question about an Indian recipe?

    Bettie, I’d rather shop at Target anyway. Walmart spikes my blood pressure. I actually buy vitamins at Target. Gummy vitamins, they’re actually cheaper there!

  5. Jaci Burton September 12, 2008 at 12:58 PM #

    Jeez, Angie…ramble much? :giggle:

    I don’t think I’ve ever bought shoes at Wal Mart either. Their shoes are all usually…meh. I like their t-shirts and most of their clothes, though their jeans tend to suck too.

    I’ll buy just about anything there except meat. i like the meat at the other grocery store.

  6. Samantha September 12, 2008 at 1:06 PM #

    The WiiFit is so much fun.  We got one last weekend.  We’ve had our Wii about a month and then last weekend we were in Best Buy and they had about 20 WiiFits.  We snapped one up and now I’m addicted to ski jumping.

    Samanthas last blog post..

  7. Sela Carsen September 12, 2008 at 1:40 PM #

    WalMart is run by evil Chinese-built robots who want to steal your luggage.

    I’m building my own urban legend, dontchaknow. 😉

    I end up at the HellMouth about twice a year and regret it every single time. And usually, it’s because I need some small craft item for cheaper than Michael’s has it.

    I get clothes at Target or Kohl’s or even JCPenney, same with kid’s shoes. And the ones you wanted? Bought a very similar pair on sale at Macy’s! Too cute!

    But I can’t even bring myself to buy groceries at WalMart. Strangely, I have no similar compunctions about Sam’s Club, even though I know they’re the same company. Huh.

  8. Ayla F September 12, 2008 at 2:13 PM #

    I’m sort of thinking that i should move to america *just* for Wal*Mart. i always hear about how good it is and how cheaply you can get things.

    Actually….it sort of sounds like Wales’ “What!” shop (no, really, it’s called What!) or Lidl’s / Aldi (owned by brothers, huge chain stores that have mainly german versions of british products for about a 5th of the price)They’re great places to get things for dead cheap but with reasonable quality.

    Ayla Fs last blog post..Kick Ass!

  9. Sela Carsen September 12, 2008 at 2:22 PM #

    Actually, Ayla. You have WalMart. It’s Asda. Same company.

    Sela Carsens last blog post..Putting on the reader hat

  10. Throwmearope September 12, 2008 at 3:23 PM #

    Ah rats!  I’ve had a WII since they first came out (geekazoid kids) but I’ve signally failed to get a WII Fit.  Guess I’ll give in and order one from yucky Amazon (if they even have any). Grumble.

  11. Amy September 12, 2008 at 3:43 PM #

    Walmart never has my shoe size. Never. I’m a 1/2 inch wider than their standard 10. *sigh* Dang having babies widening my shoe.

    I have Wii Fit and the Wii and I lurve them.

    Seriously wear your man down and get a Wii because amazing work outs on the Wii Fit. Holy Schmokes.

    Fun cardio too, like hula hooping and the step class is a riot. :tigger:

  12. Marg September 12, 2008 at 5:11 PM #

    I buy most of my son’s clothes at Target (Australia). They are just so much better qualitywise than some of our other stores, without being too much more expensive.

    Margs last blog post..Sick…again

  13. Simpons September 12, 2008 at 5:23 PM #

    I’m not shocked that you didn’t find good stuff at Walmart — Most of the stuff they sell is produced in communist China.  From poisonous dog food to toxic toys, I’ll bad stuff.  I avoid Walmart like the plague!

    Simponss last blog post..China Pushing Unions

  14. elise September 12, 2008 at 7:38 PM #

    son-of-a-bitch!  only you would waltz into a target and just happen to pick up a wii fit.  your a bitch angie!  rofl, im just j/k (only half way) im gonna have to start popping in there from time to time 🙂

    elises last blog post..off to school!

  15. Chrisredding September 12, 2008 at 9:00 PM #

    I don’t like the women’s clothes at Target.
    What won’t I buy at Walmart?
    Plants.
    cmr

  16. Leah Braemel September 12, 2008 at 9:05 PM #

    I guess I’d better not mention that my eldest son works in the Walmart shoe department. (*ssssh* he’s planning on leaving to go back to college. YAY!)  But he has about the same assessment of their shoes as you do, Angie. (although he does tell me when to pop in if there are extra special goods. But usually I try to stay the heck away from Walmart, it’s a zoo.)

    Leah Braemels last blog post..Leah does Dallas

  17. Nicole September 12, 2008 at 10:09 PM #

    Er…actually, I’m a Target junkie.  Though I don’t buy much of their clothing because it usually doesn’t fit me well.  I really try to avoid Walmart whenever I can.  It may just be that the Walmarts I’ve been in are not the norm, but really, the amount of ugly humanity in them never fails to depress.  Kinda like K-Mart, too.I’ve had a Wii since the day they came out (from a SuperTarget, no less), but finally got a Wii Fit last month.  Had to get up early on a Sunday morning to get it.

    Nicoles last blog post..The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

  18. Mary September 12, 2008 at 11:50 PM #

    I agree, no plants from Wal Mart. I’ve found a couple of cute shoes there, less than $10 but they didn’t last very long. Though Wal Mart is closer, I prefer Target.I bought some similar Mary Janes from Target a couple of weeks ago, lower heels, though.

    Marys last blog post..Officially Out!

  19. Ann September 13, 2008 at 11:09 AM #

    I don’t shop at Walmart, the parking lot is a death trap, the place is too bloody big, and my favorite stores all happen to be in the same strip mall as Barnes & Noble (so I have to stop there), I love Target though. 🙂

    Anns last blog post..The Further Complications of Being Computerless

  20. kate r September 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM #

    Poor brianna!!! Have you given her benadryl yet?

    kate rs last blog post..Beatrice is my pet. Do you know what she is? (I don’t.,)

  21. kate r September 13, 2008 at 2:28 PM #

    PS I buy frozen chicken, condensed milk and plant seeds at Wal-Mart. (There. Reasonably relevant.)

    kate rs last blog post..Beatrice is our "pet." Do you know what she is? (I don’t.,)

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