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Welcome to Walmart Margaritaville

Is Walmart "bad"? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on May 6, 2012 - 54 answers

How to spot a knock-off with the real brand attached?

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 - 29 answers

Ow, my head

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 - 17 answers

Walmart gave away my paid-for TV to someone else

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 - 41 answers

Is it still Mr. Sam's company?

What's it like to work at Walmart corporate? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jun 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Wal-Mart or Target?

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 - 26 answers

Looking for some good retail blogs.

Are there any good blogs about working in retail? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast on Sep 23, 2009 - 10 answers

WalMart's Canopy Furniture?

Does anyone have any experience with Canopy brand furniture (sold by WalMart)? [more inside]
posted by swilkerson on Jun 8, 2009 - 3 answers

What grade of titanium are Walmart wedding bands?

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 - 14 answers

Wal-Government?

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 - 8 answers

What's it like to work at Wal-Mart?

What is it really like to work at Wal-Mart? [more inside]
posted by DMan on May 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Urban vs. suburban customer experience

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 - 48 answers

What stores are ranked directly below Wal-Mart?

In this 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 - 6 answers

What leverage does Wal-Mart have?

Wal-Mart is going to start offering many common generic drugs for $4. What's stopping CVS or Walgreens from doing the same? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Sep 21, 2006 - 19 answers

How much physical abuse can "Wal-Mart Cops" legally dish during a detainment for suspected shoplifting?

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 - 40 answers

Damn you, Wal-Mart!

FloodOutTheLittleGuyFilter: 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 - 7 answers

another reason to hate Walmart

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 - 25 answers

Held hostage by Wally World

Did Wal*Mart kidnap me? The power went out and they wouldn't let us leave. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita on Aug 15, 2005 - 57 answers

papers please...

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 - 36 answers

What is the best DVD rental service?

DVD rental filter: I'm looking into signing up with one of the dvd by mail services. [MI] [more inside]
posted by borkencode on Sep 19, 2004 - 25 answers

Don't Shop at Wal-Mart!

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 - 43 answers

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