What are examples of big-name brands who separately manufacture cheaper/shoddier lines and put their labels onto them? [more inside]
posted by tracicle
on Jan 8, 2012 -
Are diet shakes packaged in cans made of significantly heavier-gauge metal than carbonated beverages? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious
on Apr 6, 2011 -
Does anyone have any advice? A week ago I bought a $450 TV via Walmart and got it sent to a local store in Maryland via its site-to-store service. I was going to pick it up this weekend when I'm renting a truck to move into a new apartment. However when I checked the website yesterday it had stated that it has already been collected by me last Saturday. I did not pick the TV up. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo
on Jan 19, 2011 -
Assuming I have no other choices - and have serious ethical concerns about issues like fair pay and equitable treatment of workers (primary), environmentalism (secondary) and commitment to localism (tertiary) - should I shop at Wal-Mart or Target? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Jun 3, 2010 -
What grade of titanium are Walmart wedding bands?
I'd like a CP grade ring, since I understand aircraft grades can't be cut off. I've read that they should be stamped "CP", and I'm also wary of a ring coming from China with lead in it or worse?
posted by raikkohamilonso
on Jan 28, 2008 -
I remember someone telling me that the US government has an agreement with Wal-Mart to be able use their computer network in the case of a major catastrophe. Is that true? Any source you can cite?
posted by Hugh2d2
on Jul 31, 2007 -
When I go to a Wal-Mart or a Home Depot in an urban location (aka, lots of black customers) and then I go to suburban locations of these stores, I've notice that in the urban areas, the lines are longer, there are fewer staff to help, the store is generally a bit shabbier, and the employess seem to be less-well trained and held to lower standards regarding how they treat their customers. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Nov 22, 2006 -
NYT article, it says "...Wal-Mart's $312 billion in sales last year exceeded the sales of the next five biggest retailers combined." How can I find out who those five big retailers are and how much they made? Are these rankings based on U.S. sales, or worldwide + U.S.? Googling gives me data for 2004, but I can't find anything for 2005.
posted by invisible ink
on Oct 2, 2006 -
How much physical abuse can "Wal-Mart Cops" legally dish during a detainment for suspected shoplifting? Can cops seize a car for being used in a crime when no charges are ever filed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 9, 2006 -
This is on the behalf of a friend of mine. His parents own a small business in a small town in New York. A few weeks back there were heavy rainstorms and flooding in the area. The town decided to direct the floodwaters away from from the new Wal-Mart--and it ended up in the shopping center where the business is located. Now they're under over three feet of water, everything's ruined, and they didn't have flood insurance. Half of the stores in the center have dropped out of the lawsuit they were preparing against the town. What now? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger
on Oct 31, 2005 -
My daughter was hired at Wal-mart full time (with benefits after a period of time) in their photo lab...just as she was about to achieve that time (surprise surprise) they cut her to thirty hours. Part time.
First, has this happened to anyone else you know? Is it pretty common practice? And if provable, would this be considered an illegal practice? [more inside]
posted by konolia
on Oct 4, 2005 -
I was asked for identification today, to purchase a gallon of mineral spirits at WalMart. Does anyone know if this is due to new legislation, or is WM doing this on their own? The clerk told me I could expect to be ID'd for many other items in the future.
I'm also curious if they think I'm making bombs or drugs.
posted by pekar wood
on Mar 15, 2005 -
EPISTEMOLOGICAL INTERPERSONAL DILEMMA AHEAD:
How does on convince someone else, who has many options available to them and who has no serious financial restrictions, to not shop at Wal-Mart? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by nyoki
on Apr 6, 2004 -