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Old 11-16-2004, 02:40 PM   #1
 
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I have been in a Wal-Mart exactly once in my life, with no plans to go back. It was dirty and chaotic. I live in the hometown of Target, where everything is clean, bright, and tidy. I grew up all around the country, and one of the highlights of our summer trip to Minnesota to visit the relatives was the annual trip to Target to buy school supplies.

So, a trip there yesterday got me thinking, where does everyone else shop.
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:46 PM   #2
 
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Target. They actually have cute clothes Iíd wear, plus they have a decent kids department (esp. Little boys who are hard to find clothes for). Plus my Target has a Starbucks

WalMarts are the scariest stores ever. The customers, the people working there, the creepy door greeter...blech. The only time I ever go to a WalMart is if I am in a pinch. One of those middle of nowhere places where WalMart is the only option. I feel sorry for people who live in those places. You donít realize how bad WalMart is until you have something to compare it to.
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Target.

And, I cannot stand the people who call it "Tar-jay"

Pompous azzclowns.

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Target all the way. I hate WalMart. I hate their filthy stores full of shoddy merchandise, I hate the way they treat their employees, I hate the schedules they keep their truck drivers on, and I especially hate how they run every small business out of every town they go into.
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I voted other. Dh is in the Navy, so I do majority of my shopping at the Exchanges. Whenever I go to a -mart, it's usually K-Mart b/c it's right up the street from me. Target isn't on the island and the drive to Wal-Mart isn't worth it b/c items the Exchange is closer and the items are cheaper anyway.
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What exactly are we visiting each store for?

Okay, here's my answer:

Target for shopping.

Wal-Mart for "services rendered."

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Old 11-16-2004, 03:37 PM   #7
 
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Never ever Wal-Mart. Has anyone seen the Michael Kors or other designers in Target? I don't shop much anymore
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Both. Depends on what I'm shopping for. Our Wal-Marts here are clean and neat, not like most I've seen elsewhere.
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Old 11-16-2004, 04:46 PM   #9
 
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i shop at both, but i prefer target. i live probably two miles from walmart supercenter and two point five miles from super target. target is neater and generally less chaotic. the people at target are sometimes nicer and more helpful. there is a starbucks there, and i am known to have a vanilla bean cream or chai from time to time. however, target can be a tad expensive.

walmart is less expensive and more familiar. i grew up in one of those middle of nowhere godforsaken less commercialized places. and from time to time (as sick and sad as it may be) i enjoy a bit of chaos. it's not that bad early in the morning or late at night, actually. walmart is also open 24 hours most places now, which is convenient.

*** a bit of truth mixed in with bullshiat ***

walmart caters to a different area of the population, and that's why i think people enjoy hating walmart so much. target is for the people that can afford it, walmart is for people in rural areas, people that live paycheck to paycheck, poor people, and people on welfare that want to get the most food they can with their food stamps (which i am told come in debit cards now). from time to time the rich people drop in for, ew, "housewares" or "gardening equipment".


***fin***

that said, it's hip to shop at target; it's common to shop at wal-mart.

walmart is trying to change that now though. a new walmart was just built here (they closed an older one that wasn't a supercenter and is now considered in the "ghetto") on a very nicely commercialized thoroughfare. starbucks and my gym are across the street. the facility has a nice leisurely market air to it. there are faux hardware floors in the clothing sections, and a very nice calm brown laminate everywhere else. they even play soft rock/adult contemporary music there now instead of the televisions blaring walmart commercials.

now that there are so many super style stores (target, walmart, kmart, etc) do you think this will cause more small businesses to close? i don't think it shuts down small businesses where i'm from though, since we don't have anything there to begin with anyway. plus i always return to those places that sell exactly what i need without the hustle and bustle of walmart.
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Old 11-16-2004, 05:19 PM   #10
 
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Target. I do call it Tar-zhay from time to time. It's a joke. Lighten up.

I would only shop at Wal Mart if I had no other option. I really don't like the way they do business and I have a lot of other options so I don't shop there. We didn't have one in my city until I was well into adulthood and I was already a diehard Target shopper by then.
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Interesting what Curlyara said about Wal-Mart -- echoes the comments in an article about Wal-Mart on the MSN homepage yesterday: Wal-Mart getting more into pharmacies and banking services. Said their typical customer does not have health insurance and a large percentage do not have bank accounts of any kind.

I prefer Target because the selection is better, the merchandise is a little classier, and mainly because it's CLEANER everywhere I have lived.

Just because your customer base is rural and poor doesn't mean you can't keep the damned store cleaned up! In fact, it would show your customers a little respect, IMO.
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having shopped at both stores i get the idea that shopping at target is more esoteric and shopping at walmart is just....well, not.

the walmarts here are clean. there are mean/rude/ugly/old/retarded people everywhere. it's not like walmart has "polite, young, clean, neat, and aesthetically and intellectually pleasing people need not apply" stamped across the bottom of their job applications.

however, i've never seen a chaotic or junky target, i can give that to them.

i also remember back when i was in grade school the richer snotty kids always saying they got their clothes from target or jcpenney or someplace and basically saying walmart was for trailer trash, black people, and people on food stamps. walmart was equated with shopping at a thrift store.
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Old 11-16-2004, 06:30 PM   #13
 
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Eeeeek, Walmart....too much flourescent, and loud, and I hate that frigging Rollback smiley thing, blech. Also, the clothing selection sucks.

Tar-jhay all the way. And before anyone dubs me an "azzclown" I would like to add that I rename most of the stores I go to, just because.

Office Depot = Orifice Depot
Home Depot = Home Despot

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Old 11-16-2004, 06:48 PM   #14
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Walmarts prices are lower when it comes to cosmetics and household cleaners...thats the only time I go there when I have to stock up. Otherwise their stores are dirty and their aisles are so narrow..its hard to get around. I prefer target most of the time.
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Never ever Wal-Mart. Has anyone seen the Michael Kors or other designers in Target? I don't shop much anymore
Do you mean Isaac Mizrahi (sp?) Kors does stuff for Dillards and other department stores, way more pricier than what IM does for Target. I bought a really cute IM skirt for $17 yesterday, I absolutely love Target.

I guess I'm just unaware of why everyone hates Wal Mart. Thats all we have here at school, Target is 30 minutes away. As college students, we DEPEND on Wal Mart for food, toiletries, school supplies...yeah it's a sketchy store but its cheap and we're poor students. Oh well.
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I'll go to either, but I like Target better. It's cleaner, brighter, has a better layout and really neat stuff.

I go to Wal-mart specifically to get knitting supplies, because they're so CHEAP!
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When I was in school, the rich kids did their shopping at Nordstrom's, May Co. and expensive mall stores that I could never have shopped in. I could maybe have afforded one sock from Nordstrom's. I never heard anyone acting ashamed to have been shopping at Target but they never bragged about it either. The poor kids shopped at Target. *I shopped at Target and how appropriate because I was a frequent target of the rich kids, who took any opportunity to make fun of my clothes for years. My mom was raising five kids by herself on a teacher's income and we were not well off by any means.

I think it's interesting to see how Target is perceived around the country. I've really never thought of it as upscale at all. The whole Tar-zhay thing is actually a little bit of self-deprecating humor because we're too poor to shop at the real department stores. Okay, the "pompous azzclowns" thing is apparently irritating me much more than I like to admit!
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OMG, I call it that too!

Anyway, DH is currently watching a thing on PBS about Wal-Mart, how they drive businesses into the ground when they can't match their "low, low prices." And not just the competition. They don't allow their suppliers to raise prices, even if it costs the suppliers money.
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Ever since I moved here, I have used Walmart. But my previous address I used Target. Walmart is closer now, but I still hate the lines, the crowds, the empty shelves, the customers and the parking lot. Forget going at 2 pm on a sunday afternoon. If target was closer, I would be there, I love how organized it is.
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When I was in school, the rich kids did their shopping at Nordstrom's, May Co. and expensive mall stores that I could never have shopped in. I could maybe have afforded one sock from Nordstrom's. I never heard anyone acting ashamed to have been shopping at Target but they never bragged about it either. The poor kids shopped at Target. *I shopped at Target and how appropriate because I was a frequent target of the rich kids, who took any opportunity to make fun of my clothes for years. My mom was raising five kids by herself on a teacher's income and we were not well off by any means.

I think it's interesting to see how Target is perceived around the country. I've really never thought of it as upscale at all. The whole Tar-zhay thing is actually a little bit of self-deprecating humor because we're too poor to shop at the real department stores. Okay, the "pompous azzclowns" thing is apparently irritating me much more than I like to admit!
In the southern US, Target is top drawer (at least in grade school anyway!). Goes to show how different the standards of living compare to California!

I've never even seen or been in a Nordstroms. Stores like that just don't come where poor people predominate. My sister orders items from Nordstroms online though.
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