5 Reasons to Never Shop at Walmart
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Walmart. I hate them. There is an entire soapbox I could get onto about Walmart, but for this post, I have narrowed it down to the top 5 reasons that I have been boycotting Walmart for over 4 years now.
I don’t think I have ever been so happy with the customer service and product quality of the items I buy. Without having to deal with the people in the blue vests on a regular basis, who seem to always be in a terrible mood, has improved how I feel when I shop.
I highly doubt that everyone they hire is grumpy all the time, and in all fairness, I probably just saw them at a bad time. The scenarios that could be happening in their life are endless, but, because we are talking about Walmart, it’s entirely possible that they are working but not being paid.
Reason #1: Crappy Products
Ever buy something at Walmart and notice that it seems to have something go wrong within the first 3 months of owning it? I never realized until I actually took the time to pay attention to my purchases that it seemed like everything I bought needed to be replaced or fixed soon after the initial use. Anything from coffee pots to storage totes just never seemed to be of a decent quality, even if it was a brand name.
The final push to stop shopping there was when I realized that even something as simple and cheap as hangers were needed to be replaced. I took an entire 12 pack of hangers back to the store soon after putting them in CS’s closet, and instead of being understanding or admitting fault, they essentially told me (and this isn’t verbatim, but close) that if my husband wasn’t so fat, the hangers would last longer because the clothing wouldn’t weigh as much.
Even if I liked Walmart, after that (and I will not get into my response to this statement by the CSM, since she was overweight also) I was NOT shopping there to be made to feel like I am the cause of things being cheaply made.
Reason #2: Crappy Customer Service
You can kind of see why I think that the customer service is terrible. (Ok, yeah, I know you know. LOL) But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I have experienced store employees not wanting to help a customer; talking down to customers, and even verbally insulting customers. They mill around chatting with co-workers or friends out in the aisles when they should be working. They see a customer with coupons in hand and automatically get an attitude with them.
But at the same time, I can’t expect a lot from Walmart employees because of….
Reason #3: Corporate Greed
Walmart owners, who, by the way, didn’t even BUILD the company- they inherited it from their father- have turned Walmart into the US equivalent of a sweat shop. All to further line their own pockets. (See more in the article here or check out the article here.)
Sam Walton opened Walmart as a way for us to have quality products for lower prices and wanted to keep the stores stocking products that were Made In America!! (Learn more about the real Walmart in Sam Walton’s biography, available here.)When was the last time you picked up anything at Walmart that wasn’t made in China?? Really. Go look at what you purchased on your last trip. We’ll wait. 🙂
Reason #4: The Quality of Customers
With sites online pulling millions of hits making fun of the people in Walmart stores, who would want to visit a Walmart store. Ever. (Ok, I don’t.) Check out People of Wal-Mart…. it’s both hilarious and truly disturbing.
And the People of Walmart site does not even show the total lack of common courtesy to others. Not to mention any semblance of manners. I’ve seen family reunions in aisles where apparently no one else needs to shop because they stand around talking for at least 30 minutes. Children are running rampant, annoying other shoppers. How dare we say anything to that child who just slammed the cart into the back of my legs? (I almost was banned from our Walmart for life for my reaction to some girl who thought it was okay to allow her child to hit my nephew.) I don’t think there is any singular place on the planet where you can walk through the front doors and not instantly see just how deeply rooted in our Culture of Disrespect we have become.
Reason #5: Walmart’s Environmental Impact
Where do I even start on this one?
For all their claiming they want to reduce their environmental impact, they seriously push a culture of waste. So many things just thrown out instead of finding other alternatives. A huge impact made by all of the electrical costs of being open 24/7. So many semi trucks hauling crap to their stores, dumping carbon monoxide into our air. So much spent to ship in out of country products. And then expose us all to lead-based paint from Chinese toys! (Just to name a few.)
This is by far the best article I have found on just how awful Walmart’s so-called “Green” initiatives are: Walmart Struggles to Overcome Environmental Criticism
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand if you want to shop at Walmart. You are all allowed to think, feel and act as you see fit. The only ask that you do some research on Walmart. Shopping is stressful enough. Walmart does nothing to alleviate that stress; they actually exacerbate it.
I am boycotting Walmart because of the reasons above. What are your thoughts on Walmart? Have you read any good press on Walmart lately? Bad press? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the Mega-Retailer.