Comments: Saving A Dime Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be...

Stupid Wal-mart. And this comes from someone who single-handedly keeps them solvent. I never have understood why they hire some of these folks, nor why they insist on keeping them around after they've acted like such jerks.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 16, 2005 04:12 PM

I will never, ever agree to have any help with anything at Wal-Mart again.

Good. I had often wondered why it seemed I could never get service at a Wal-Mart, and turns out the reason is that they don't know how.

I once lived in a town that didn't have a Wal-Mart at the time. When the subject of bring in a Wal-Mart came up, my response was, "Who needs Wal-Mart when we've got Kmart? The prices are higher but the service is just as bad."

Today, that town has a Wal-Mart, but the Kmart has been vacant for years -- one of that chain's first closures, in fact. That may be why Wal-Mart finally moved in.

Posted by McGehee at May 16, 2005 06:30 PM

I was going to go to my local supermarket (a block away) later today, but you made me realize why I HATE going there. Their service is worse than Walmart ever could be. Outside of NY people at least have some standards of service.

Instead, I'll go over to Fresh Direct and order my groceries online. Their prices are a bit higher but the quality of their produce, meats and fish are infinitely better and their service incredible!

Posted by Michele at May 17, 2005 09:19 AM

Good grief! With help like that, you could have gotten the kids to carry the stuff!

Posted by Busy Mom at May 17, 2005 09:40 AM

Good story. I've heard some anecdotal reports of Walmart's continuing decline. When they say low prices, they support it with low service. If people tolerate it, then they can get away with it.

Did you consider letting your fingers do the walking and look on the Internet for a microwave? I suppose you'd be taking a chance with it getting broken during the shipping, plus they're not that expensive so shipping costs would take a chunk out of the budget.

Posted by MarcV at May 17, 2005 11:17 AM

I considered the idea, but being an impatient American, I wanted my new microwave immediately. So I had to shop for it somewhere local.

Posted by Jordana at May 17, 2005 11:59 AM

Microwaves are the true American appliance.

Posted by MarcV at May 18, 2005 12:06 PM

What service! lol! I think I'll avoid WalMart tomorrow in your honor when I run my errands!

Posted by Kim at May 24, 2005 10:22 PM