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Message 993571 - Posted: 2 May 2010, 17:58:17 UTC - in response to Message 993484.  

sounds like walmart here. they moved into every small town across the southland in the 1980's. these stores employed few and closed down many mom and pop shops. Walmart was given large tax breaks on the property they intended to use. Heres a secret they didnt want people to know. regardless of tax breaks they were still going to open that store. So the towns got raped on property taxes then the mom and pops close. which left then with only walmart bringing them sales tax. talk about having towns by the cahones.

then in the 1990's Sam Walton, the owner of walmart, Died. His children proceeded to restructure the company and close all the small town stores. Now the only walmart stores are in the largest population centers in a county.

Now the towns not only dont have the mom and pop stores they also dont have walmart anymore. The topper is that instead of spending a few bucks to deliver the goods to small towns now they only deliver to 1 town in an area. Now every individual that relies on Walmart must spend more money driving to the main city to get their cheap made in China goods.

I for one never spend any money at walmart. Its an appalling thing that they've done to America


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Message 993626 - Posted: 2 May 2010, 21:40:21 UTC - in response to Message 993484.  

Do you guys in the States or elsewhere in the world, have the same problems we have with Tesco here in the UK? I believe they call them Fresh and Easy in the US.

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They are universally hated in the UK because of their aggressive policy of expansion, without taking into account the effect on rural enviromnments or the publics wishes. Most people would be happy to see them put out of business.

We have a bunch of Fresh and Easy stores here in Southern California and the general view is that they are not a very good place to shop. The reason is because their cost are high compared to many of our stores and the selection is limited. They are in the process of redoing their stores because of these problems and I have not heard much about the changes that are being made.

Unless you have been to the United States it may be hard for you to understand how much selection is available and how low our prices are. There was a store here that was a regular stop for Japanese tourist busses and you would often see them with cameras taking pictures of the inside of the store. That store was by no means the biggest store I have been in but it was impressive enough for someone who had not lived in this country.

People in this country will often shop two or three stores. I visit Costco and Sam's club because they are warehouse stores and while there selection is limited, you can get good deals on bulk items. For things not stocked by the warehouse stores I use a local store where the selection is larger but the cost may be a bit higher. I may also visit something like a farmers market store where they carry only fruits and vegetables for something not stocked by the above stores. All of these options are located within 4 miles of were I live so it would take something very special to corner the market.

While I do use Walmart for some things, I am not impressed by the food selection for regular day to day shopping and most of my money is spent elsewhere. We do use Super Walmarts when we are in the motor home because we are 60 feet long and they allow us to spend the night in the parking lot if needed. It's handy to be able to walk from the motor home to the store to pick up a few items. We like to use truck stops but they are not always where we need them.
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Message 999220 - Posted: 27 May 2010, 22:37:43 UTC - in response to Message 993484.  

Universally hated? How did you measure that?

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Message 999228 - Posted: 27 May 2010, 23:41:17 UTC - in response to Message 999220.  

Universally hated? How did you measure that?

We don't hate them here because we have so many other options. We expect companies to fail in this country but if we find one we like, we hope they don't fail.
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Message 999248 - Posted: 28 May 2010, 3:44:01 UTC - in response to Message 999220.  

Universally hated? How did you measure that?



I'd have to agree with that sentiment. I certainly don't hate Tesco, as such, but then, I also use Sainsbury's and Morrison's. Oddly enough, the only place I won't use, is Asda (part of Walmart) as I've found the quality of many of their 'own brand' products to be pretty poor - that was my impression after my first and last major 'shop', there, about four years ago.

The only thing I do hate about all the supermarkets, is the somewhat cynical way that they've all been increasing their prices. Given the economic difficulties, why have all the major chains, reported significantly increased profits? Paying producers less and charging customers more, perhaps?! If any of them think that I won't notice an increase of a penny or two, then they are mistaken....in all, over the last 12 months, cat food alone, is costing me an extra 20% and it was also the first thing I noticed increasing in price. Has anyone else noticed that in many cases, on branded products, the price is increasing slightly, but the quantity is reduced by as much as 10%? I'd also accuse them all (the supermarket chains), of price fixing, which is not supposed to happen and none of them can tell me, that it is not happening!

I have to admit, that when I go back to Devon for a visit, it is a real pleasure to use a farm shop near the town, as well as other local producers shops, near larger towns and cities (Newton Abbot and Exeter). The vegetables are far cheaper and of much higher quality than from any supermarket - fresher, too. Unfortunately, in Essex, we don't have many places like that, so I tend to return here, with enough stuff to open my own market stall!



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Message 999250 - Posted: 28 May 2010, 3:51:20 UTC

We have had that happen here in Australia recently, Iona. Products such as M&M's, decreased from 250 grams to 200 grams, price increase on top. Cadbury 250 gram blocks, now 200 grams, price increase.
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Message 999260 - Posted: 28 May 2010, 4:35:59 UTC

The cause of inflation is not the private sector but is the Government printing money faster than the economy is expanding. I can't say anything about your countries because I am having enough trouble trying to figure mine out at the moment. We are dumping a large amount of money into the economy but not seeing the inflation yet. As best as I can figure, the reason is because much of it is not staying in the country and it going to China and a few other county we trade with or provide aid to. Some countries are holding the US dollar because it is more stable than their money (they are in for a big surprise). The remainder of the money is sitting in bank vaults because the Government now requires the banks keep more money on hand to cover customers demands for their money. When all that money comes home, we are going to be in big trouble!

The way around this is to hold gold, but the problem is that gold can also fall in value when the Government is responsible.
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Message 999512 - Posted: 29 May 2010, 11:04:44 UTC

I am working for a supplier to tesco. Its not easy to deal with them.
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