cdifoto wrote in post #11621533
I love Wal-Mart, for certain things. I work too hard for my money to spend more on commodities "just because." There has to be value in a higher price. If two pair of socks are identical, and Wal-Mart has them for $10 and the local shop wants $15, I'm going to save my $5. If Wal-Mart has crappy thin socks for $10 and the local shop has nice, thick, military grade socks for $15 (or even $20), THEN I will buy from the local shop.
This, this, this, a thousand times this.
I don't "like" Walmart, but simple reality is that on some things they just cannot be beat. Some things they can.
I do not buy shoes there because... they're crappy shoes. Even at the lower price, there's no value because they hurt my feet and I have to replace them more often. I spend more at other places for better shoes because it's a better overall value.
I do buy things like laundry soap there, because it's the same as everywhere else and their prices are too good to pass up.
I totally get the 'buy local' angle, and subscribe to it myself, and for some items will pay more... but it has to be reasonable. I'm an NOT willing to empty my bank account to so do.