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Old 01-05-2010, 09:25 PM   #15
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Nearly every item I pick up in Wal Mart has a "made in China" sticker on it, so I put it back down. I'm getting to the point I just order most things online from genuine "made in USA" suppliers.

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Old 01-05-2010, 09:28 PM   #16
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I bought my Presto pressure cooker at WalMart.

My Corelle dinnerware that I had been looking online for was just on the shelf at WalMart. They have open stock on individual pieces in multiple patterns of the Corelle. Interesting, stocking replacement parts for unbreakable dinnerware.

Lodge cast iron, including dutch ovens (plain and a choice of choice of colors in the enamel finish) are on the shelves.

I recently bought a Vitorinox Swiss Army Knife, Super Tinker for SAK aficionados, $27-$35 online for $15 off an end isle clearance section.

All of these are first rate products, and just examples. There are other well known brands available in WalMart now that were never in WalMarts years ago.

The RV supply area, though smaller than it has been in the past, carries Thetford products, too.

I'm not trying to say that everything is great at WalMart, but there is quality stuff there too if you look for it.

If something looks flimsy or poorly made, pass on it. Just like you should anywhere.

I'll admit, there is stuff I would not be caught dead in for sale in the clothing section. Given that, I'm wearing a pair of sweat pants and a long sleeve T-shirt from WalMart. Offset by a fleece vest from LLBean.

Ok, everyone can flame me now.

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I bought a really nice-looking GE blender from Wal-Mart a couple of years ago. When I see GE branded stuff, I think "Quality, made in USA, owned by Thomas Edison". Until the blender broke after the second use, and I took a close look.
THE BLENDER WAS MADE IN CHINA FOR WAL-MART, UNDER LICENSE FROM GE. GE never had anything to do with it, other than rent their name and logo for Wally World to make money from.
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Sometimes crappier is just okay....

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Old 01-05-2010, 10:33 PM   #19
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Sometimes crappier is just okay....

Got me. One of my most recent WalMart purchases. I did mention Thetford "stuff" in the RV section.
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Same goes for Sam's Club. Costco has better stuff and treats it's employees much better.

Hose story—about 2 years ago I picked up a second fresh water hose at Walmart. It lasted for about 2 uses before it split, but the fittings at each end were ok.

hose kinks, leaks is made in China and who tested it for lead? It is your drinking water hose!

One of the problems I am seeing is the deteriation of plastics, due to China using lead as the agent to keep it plyable.

Only thing worst is when they use soybean oil and it makes wire insulation tasty for mice, squirrels and rats.

I do like their parking lots and policy for overnight parking, but don't like the amount of product coming from China including food, especially farm raised fish and fish they catch in American waters and package.

Sam Walton prided himself on being American and promised to feature products made in America by Americans.
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I swore off WM and most other stores of it's ilk several years ago. Sometimes you have no choice. They are leading the race to the bottom. WM has singlehandedly done more to destroy the manufacturing base in this country than any other corporation. Want to recover from the current "recession"? Big ticket items aren't going to cut it, it needs to be the everyday items that people need to replace, think clothes, towels, blankets, dishes, storage containers, etc. then it moves on to the larger items. Unfortunately we don't make many if any of those items anymore.

If WM was a country it would be China's seventh largest trading partner.

Another major issue IMHO is the amount of empty retail space that WM generates after it moves down the road when the tax incentives expire. Current estimate is somewhere over 500 acres of empty stores and that doesn't include the parking lots or other empty stores in the strip mall that bailed when the WM anchor left.

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You get what you pay for. WM and HF have some great deals on "disposable" tools, but it's hard to find something there that you would use to make a living with. Unless of course your Chinese and make these disposable tools
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I don't shop at WM. I try to support US made when possible but am finding it harder to do......Tim
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Only time I have been to Walmart was to deliver loads from the ports or Mexico. Our favorite stop was Cabelas could always find great buys in there.
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Drive the I-10 and I-20 which follows the Union Pacific tracks and you will see train after train load of Chinese containers headed for Wm warehouses.
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Seems to me that Walmart keeps getting cheaper and cheaper with their goods......and I mean quality as well as price, which in some cases is higher than other places with the same products. I don't like their trade ethics either, their mnethods of dealing with small wholesale vendors. Unfortunately sometimes they are the only place you can get certain grocery items, which is really the only reason I shop there at all. Mostly I shop at Dillons, our local Food For Less, and whatever local hardware store I can trust. If I need disposable tools, etc I do sometimes shop at Harbor Freight, but not for anything I expect to last more than one or two uses. If I never had to go to Walmart again I would be thrilled.
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Walmart isn't the only place quality is declining. An American icon still made in the US shows signs of ever decreasing quality.

Bob Sunrus recently went to an Airstream dealer and reports quality seems even lower on new models. See Post 163:

A study of American economic and business history shows US business have long looked for immediate profit over quality without regard to whether that policy hurt the long term prospects for the business. The first major corporations in the US were the railroads and they were built badly, sought to crush all competition, ripped off shippers, and went bankrupt frequently. They were the American business model. Despite this awful example, there were enough resources and responsible businesses to keep America growing and for income to expand, especially after WWII. Irresponsibility, a disregard for the future, and contempt for the customer have become the norm again. Such practices always result in eventual blow back—some companies will change, some will die. Walmart is big enough to live on for decades, but so was Sears and look at the result of years of horrible management in that case.


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