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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2008, 09:41:07 AM »

My family (Mostly my mother) has a boycott on Sears and K-M art for one reason.  My mother needed a new washer and dryer for her business.  Well she got it at Sears and it was delivered to her business but it didn't work.  The whole kicker of the thing was that they people who brought it over KNEW that IT DIDN'T WORK to begin with.  Then they tried to tell my mom that it was "Because it was cold out" is the reason it didn't work.  Well long story short they kept delaying replacing it so my mom said I'm going some where else and got her new Washer and Dryer at Home Depot and had no problems since then.

We have no KK in the area expect for maybe a display case at the local gas stations.  DD are a dime dozen around where I live.  I tend to avoid those place since I don't always like their stuff, plus I am trying to change my diet so I can lose some of my extra weight that I put on since 06.

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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2008, 10:39:32 AM »


The only donut-shop/-francise we have over here in Germany is Dunkin' Donuts in some of the larger cities. I live in a rather small city, but Frankfurt is nearby. However, I don't like sweets anyway, so I don't care (but I would appreciate some Taco Bell somewhere near. Not one in the whole of Germany, I think).

As far as I know, Wal-Mart has pulled out of Germany one or two years ago (there used to be a store nearby). All the stores are some German Mega-Supermarket-chain now, so I don't know if that is much better...

Funny thing is, that in my city most pool tables have gone, too! Some global pattern, apparently.

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2008, 10:53:11 AM »

The only donut-shop/-francise we have over here in Germany is Dunkin' Donuts in some of the larger cities. I live in a rather small city, but Frankfurt is nearby. However, I don't like sweets anyway, so I don't care (but I would appreciate some Taco Bell somewhere near. Not one in the whole of Germany, I think).

Oh, but you have some great bakeries and small shops like that.  That's something I do like about cities, that I do not like about suburbia:  small shops.  In surburbia it seems like everything is chains.  In cities you get a lot more of those little family-owned shops.  We have an orchard in my hometown, and several farms that sell produce from little farm stores.  I go to get stuff from them all the time.
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2008, 11:04:11 AM »

Oh, but you have some great bakeries and small shops like that.  That's something I do like about cities, that I do not like about suburbia:  small shops.  In surburbia it seems like everything is chains.  In cities you get a lot more of those little family-owned shops.  We have an orchard in my hometown, and several farms that sell produce from little farm stores.  I go to get stuff from them all the time.

Yaa I don't like that about suburbia either, but the chains chose out the family owned shops and such.  Restaurants is another thing I sometimes I choose between.  While I like the larger chain ones since I can get some adult beverages with my meals I tend to go for locally owned or family owned restaurants that are near where I live.  If I want a quick meal some where I will usually hit one of the local diners and enjoy myself there.  Of course the food is not as good as the bigger chains but it is cheaper and I get out faster than if I went to the chain places.

 
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2008, 01:19:08 PM »

Krispy Kreme isn't doing so well in Chicago, at least my part of it. I've seen several close down over the past few years. I don't know if they screwed up their expansion plans or Dunkin Donuts just plain beat them out or if people finally figured out that all you're paying for is whipped air and a little frosting. There are also some excellent little donut shops here if you know where to look. Just follow the cops and truckers Smile

Ah Wal-mart. I bought clothes there when money was pretty tight. I don't think any of them lasted more than a few months of regular wear. While I do own my fair share of t-shirts that are molecule thin due to overuse, I don't expect most clothes to last forever. But it seems that decent quality clothes would last longer than a few months. But like someone may have already said, eventually a hungrier fish is gonna come along and eat them up.

Now my plan is that once I win the lottery I will bribe enough legislators to make my chain of b movie themed brothels( with Drive-Thru) a legal reality. Twirling
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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2008, 03:51:27 PM »

KRISPY KREME is poison, plus I don't think they taste good at all.  As CHEEZEE said, "nasty." 
WALMART is an illusion; they misrepresent their pricing, they purposely understock advertised items, treat their underpaid employees like chattel... no wonder you can't get friendly or even decent service in a WALMART. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2008, 04:32:14 PM »

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no wonder you can't get friendly or even decent service in a WALMART.
 

About Walmart, I do shop there for the basics like paper towels and toilet paper.  I often find their customer service, from the cashiers to the corporate office, rather awful.   I did my time (or sentence as I all it) in retail and know how customers act at times.  Still, I only complain if my experience really sucks and on several occasions at Walmart, it has with their products and their staff.  Most places will go the extra mile to make a mends if their customer service sucks.  (Gift certificates, follow up phone calls, etc.)  Walmart has never offered a single thing to me and I've called them a few times for both complaints and praise.  All I've gotten is a "We'll try to be better" in so many words. 

No, I'm not out for free junk but don't you think a billion dollar corporation would at least try to please the customer after unfavorable experience?   I believe feedback is very important and Walmart seems to more a less say "F-you" when you have something to say about their store. 
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2008, 05:15:51 PM »

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Ah Wal-mart. I bought clothes there when money was pretty tight. I don't think any of them lasted more than a few months of regular wear.

I buy most of my clothes at Tractor Supply, I got some shirts my grandmother gave me for x-mas that she bought at Wal-Mart and being a good grandson I accepted them in spite of the fact I can not stand Wal-Mart. Well the shirts started falling apart after about 2 or 3 washes and the seams were coming apart and they shrunk about a full size. Within 3 months I had thrown them all alway. reaffirming why I don't go there.

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I'm not out for free junk but don't you think a billion dollar corporation would at least try to please the customer after unfavorable experience?

Wal-Mart doesn't care what you think, or I think or anyone thinks, they have brainwashed so much of the public into thinking they are getting a good deal that they never shop around and don;t know where else to go. I live in a small town and people are amazed I can get everything I need with never setting foot in Wal-Mart. They've been so Wal-Martized there completely unaware there are other stores and Wal-Mart knows this so they don't care. The only thing Wal-Mart is rolling back is IQ points and merchant diversity.
I get ill every time I hear someone say, "Oh I just love Wal-Mart." I want to say "Oh you love buying cheap crap from China huh?" Little FYI 80% of all products sold in Wal-Mart are made in China, most of the rest are made in 3rd world countries. Very little is American made.
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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2008, 05:55:29 PM »

menard- but let me guess,  target is okay?

I'm still waiting for that to make sense.

In the meantime...

Let me count the number of Target stores that opened shop in small towns, sold below cost to drive small shops out of business, then raised prices to anything they want and provided crappy customer service and products, while leaving a wasteland of empty storefronts and crushed local economies in their wake.

Presently the count is at "0".


Still waiting for your remark to make sense...
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« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2008, 06:34:08 PM »

menard- but let me guess,  target is okay?
I'm still waiting for that to make sense.
In the meantime...
Let me count the number of Target stores that opened shop in small towns, sold below cost to drive small shops out of business, then raised prices to anything they want and provided crappy customer service and products, while leaving a wasteland of empty storefronts and crushed local economies in their wake.
Presently the count is at "0".

Still waiting for your remark to make sense...
I'd give ya karma for that..., but, alas no kin dew. 
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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2008, 06:58:54 PM »

The Krispy Kreme donut line was out the door again this morning.  I just laughed and went to catch my bus.  I'm assuming the furore will die down when the novelty wears off.  I haven't bought any yet but I might in the future.  I don't actually eat much in the way of junk food but I just like to know that the KKs is there if I want them.

We have a couple of donut stores called Dreamy Donuts.  I believe they are similar to KKs products and they come in plain glazed and all kinds of other yummy flavours.  But each donut is about $2, so you'd go broke if you bought one every day.

My saving grace is that donuts don't exactly agree with me, so it's not possible for me to overeat them.

As for Wal-Mart, we already have K-Mart and Target plus our own chain stores of the same ilk like Best and Less and Big W and they seem to do pretty well.  What you guys call Mom and Pop stores, there don't seem to be too many of them from what I can see.  But I'm assuming that even if Wal-Mart do open up here, they'll stock lot of brands Aussies are already familiar with.
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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2008, 06:13:17 AM »

While Target did exist in other towns for a while, where I live we got a Target built last year.  I've only been there a few times, but I enjoyed it every time I went there.  I haven't been there in a while, but when Gas prices come down (Which may take a long time) I'll go there again, that or if I need clothes.
 
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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2008, 07:26:15 AM »

When MacDonalds came to South Africa a few years back, there were a few resturants that had to change their names because of too much similarities between those names and MacDonalds'. We even had a 'MickDonalds' in Johannesburg at one time. Other than that, not many eating franchises have popped up here since 1994: it's mostly car dealers and other industries. TeddyR
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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2008, 07:38:32 AM »


there were a few resturants that had to change their names because of too much similarities between those names and MacDonalds'. We even had a 'MickDonalds' in Johannesburg at one time.


Really?

Wow.  So the existing businesses had to change their name so a new, offshore company could come in to compete with them?

I find that totally incredible.  And more than just a little corrupt.
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2008, 09:14:17 AM »

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Wow.  So the existing businesses had to change their name so a new, offshore company could come in to compete with them?

Worse than that, ulthar: some of those businesses had to close due to legal action by MacDonalds as they refused to change their names. So it seems, MacDonald's doesn't like competition.  Question
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